The City is improving Runnymede Park! This project is being supported by the Partnership Opportunities Legacy program (POL) with a majority of the funding coming from Section 37 benefits from the development at 2306 St. Clair Ave. W.  

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2022: Hire a design team
  • Summer/Fall 2022: Community engagement and design development
  • Fall to Winter 2022: Detailed design
  • Winter 2023: Hire a construction team
  • Spring 2023: Construction starts
  • Fall 2023: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change.

Community engagement for the park improvements is anticipated to start in summer 2022. Information on how to participate will be shared on this page.

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June 2021

The project team and the local Councillor’s Office move forward with the improvements to Runnymede Park based on various community engagement activities conducted between February and March 2021 for the 2306 St. Clair Ave. W. Neighbourhood Improvements project.

March 2021

Virtual Rating Activity

From March 5 to March 21, 2021, the community participated in a virtual rating exercise to rank their top ideas from previous community feedback collected through an Interactive Mapping Activity and Virtual Open House. The Activity received 2,144 page users (the number of individuals who visited the activity web page at least once) and received 7,499 total ratings across seven ideas.

Download the summary report for more information.

February 2021

Virtual Open House

On February 24, 2021, approximately 60 people joined a virtual open house where the project team presented a list of options for how Section 37 benefits could be used for this project. These options were developed using the community’s feedback during the Interactive Map Activity.

Download the meeting presentation for more information.

Interactive Mapping Activity (Social Pinpoint)

From February 1 to February 19, 2021, using Social Pinpoint’s Interactive Mapping feature, the project team invited community residents to identify and share their experiences and ideas for local neighbourhood improvements based on the neighbourhood study area. The study area was a 2km walking distance from the development that ends at the boundary of Ward 5 (York-South Weston). The information collected from this exercise helped the project team and the local Councillor to identify the needs of the community, and potential options for Section 37 funding.

Overall, the Social Pinpoint activity received:

  • 632 comments in the study area
  • 249 comments related to parks improvements
  • 227 comments related to transportation improvements
  • 471 up-votes on comments in the study area

Download the summary report for more information.

December 2020

Virtual Public Meeting

On December 1, 2020, the proposed design options for the park improvements were presented at a virtual public meeting. The community was able to provide feedback that would be used to help develop a more detailed design plan and further identify priorities for the park improvements. The feedback collected at this meeting helped inform the community engagement that occurred during the 2306 St. Clair Ave. W. Neighbourhood Improvements project.

Runnymede Park is located at 221 Ryding Ave., near St. Claire Ave. W. and Runnymede Road in the York South-Weston area of Toronto. The park features a baseball diamond, sports field, outdoor tennis court, children’s playground and wading pool.

Based on various community engagement activities conducted for the 2306 St. Clair Ave. W. Neighbourhood Improvements project, Runnymede Park will be improved with the following:

  • A new community gathering area
  • Playground improvements
  • Upgraded lighting
  • New fencing along Gourlay Crescent
  • Water play improvements
  • New park signs at entrances
  • General accessibility (seating and walkways)

Background

The Runnymede Park Improvements project was initially created in partnership with the City’s Partnership Opportunities Legacy program (POL) in order to create new community benefits for the park. After an initial consultation with the community in September 2019, an additional consultation was conducted to identify the allocation of Section 37 funds from an adjacent mixed-use development at 2306 St. Clair Ave. W.

The results of this community engagement program, which included feedback from an Interactive Mapping Activity, Virtual Open House, and Virtual Rating Activity, identified Runnymede Park as being the preferred location for the allocation of the funding from this development (Section 37).