The City is looking to make improvements to St. James Town West Park at 589 Sherbourne St., as a result of redevelopments in the neighbourhood.
The timeline is subject to change.
St. James Town West Park is a 1-acre public park located between Sherbourne Street, Bleecker Street and Howard Street in the heart of the St. James Town neighbourhood. Most of the land is currently leased to the City by Medallion Developments Inc. who owns the parking garage that lies beneath it.
Medallion will be redeveloping properties at 591-601 Sherbourne St. and repairing the parking garage roof below the park. Due to this work, the majority of the park will be removed, creating an opportunity for a fresh design of the park that meets the needs of the local community. The improvements are being funded by the development and are coordinated by the City of Toronto.
The City is working with LURA – a community engagement studio – to provide a variety of ways to gather feedback from the community, local groups, and stakeholders on the park redesign. An important part of this multi-phase community engagement strategy will be to ensure that the diverse voices that live and shape this neighbourhood are heard, and all ideas and recommendations are heard.
As a part of Phase 1, City staff will be engaging the local community on their needs and visions for the park, which will be used to identify and refine design concept options for the park.
There are several ways to get involved in helping to shape the future of St. James Town West Park. Please check back on this page for these opportunities as more details are announced.
Led by an Indigenous facilitator, the Indigenous community sharing meetings will engage with Indigenous rights-holders and communities to understand and incorporate Indigenous perspectives into the design of the park.
These are called “community sharing meetings” as these meetings would usually be conducted using Indigenous protocols within a traditional sharing circle and using ceremony. However, given current public health directives, these will be held virtually.
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The survey will close on March 15, 2021.
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