The park will close for construction on March 16, 2021. The anticipated completion of construction is late fall 2021. The final concept plan is available.

The City is investing in improvements to St. Andrew’s Playground Park at 450 Adelaide St. W. Improvements include updated amenities and programming, increased connectivity to the surrounding area, and an expansion of the park to include the parking lot on the western edge of the site.

Project Timelines

  • September 18, 2019: Public Consultation
  • Fall 2019: Final preferred design selected, one public meeting will take place
  • Spring 2021 to late fall 2021: Construction of park improvements – the park will be closed during this time

The timeline is subject to change.

Project Team and Participants

The St. Andrew’s Playground Park Improvements project is led by the City of Toronto. Local community groups and the general public have participated in the park design by providing feedback to inform the project.

Consultant Team

  • Design Lead – DTAH
  • Public Engagement – LURA Consulting


St. Andrew’s Playground Park is a small park located in downtown Toronto. It is bordered by Brant Street to the east, Adelaide Street West to the south and Maud Street to the west. The north edge of the park is abutted by a large building complex that faces onto Richmond Street West to the north. The park is historically significant in that it was the site of the City’s first public playground for children; it is also located next to the site of the former St. Andrew’s Market, a public market hall which was built in 1850 but was demolished by 1932. A municipal water works building was constructed on the site of the market in the 1930s; this building was deemed to have heritage significance and is being redeveloped for mixed-use. Today, the park features a playground, surrounded by lawn areas with large mature trees, seating areas and a Dogs Off-Leash Area.

The surrounding neighbourhood is undergoing rapid growth and several new condominium buildings are being developed in the vicinity of the park. A new development will be constructed immediately north of the park repurposing the heritage  water works building and building an addition. This mixed-use development will include affordable housing, a recreation facility, residential condominium units and a contemporary market hall at the south side, opening onto the adjacent park. To complement the changes occurring in this neighbourhood, the park will undergo a revitalization to provide updated amenities, improve programming and better connectivity to the surrounding area.

The parking lot currently located on the west side of the park will be converted from parking lot into parkland as part of this project.

Spring 2021

Construction began on March 16, 2021.

Fall 2020

The construction contract has been awarded.

October 24, 2019

Public Meeting 2

This meeting discussed the preferred concept plan.

October 9, 2019

Indigenous Place-making Opportunities Meeting

This meeting allowed invited stakeholders to discuss opportunities for indigenous place-making in the park concept design.

September 26, 30 and October 2, 2019

Public Information Drop-ins

These public information sessions provided a project update, presented draft concept plans, received public input, identified community preferences and discussed next steps.

All meetings took place at St. Andrew’s Playground at 450 Adelaide St. W.

September 24 and 26, 2019

Children and Youth Workshop

This workshop was conducted to understand how children and youth use downtown park spaces and to present concept options for St. Andrew’s Playground.

September 18, 2019

Public Workshop 1

Attendees learned more about proposed improvements to St. Andrew’s Playground Park. A project update along with draft concept plans was presented.

Preliminary Consultation

City-led public consultation events were held prior to the start of the design project with the consultation team. The following provides a summary of feedback received from past public consultations held on January 26, 2016, September 10, 2016, and June 4, 2019.

  • Andrew’s Playground Park in the community:
    • Andrew’s Playground Park serves as an oasis in the city. Participants value the park’s history as the City’s first publicly accessible playground for children.
  • Participants are concerned about:
    • Protecting existing and improving trees and vegetated areas throughout the park.
    • Improving the Dogs Off-Leash Area to encourage its continued use.
    • Improving safety through lighting, sightlines, ease of navigation through the park, and programming/activities that activate the park at different times and across all seasons.
    • Pathways that provide direct but pleasant paths for people passing through the park.
    • The current location of the playground, which separates children from the street edge.
    • Providing flexible seating options to complement fixed seating
    • Providing multi-use spaces that offer a variety of programming options while simultaneously working to preserve the distinction between active and passive spaces.
  • Participants generally dislike and/or are concerned about:
    • The small size of the Dogs Off-Leash Area and playground, which they feel results in underutilization of both spaces.
    • Impact of the new Market Hall facing the north side of the park, including potential competition with existing park programming and increasing maintenance costs.
    • Poor drainage leading to large puddles of water in various areas of the park. This reduces useable park space.

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