The City is planning improvements to the playground in Tom Riley Park in order to better serve the community’s needs while also preserving the natural character and history of the surrounding park.

Project Timeline

  • August to November 2020: Community consultation and concept development
  • December 2020: Presentation of the final design
  • January to February 2021: Detailed design development
  • February to March 2021: Construction Procurement
  • Summer/Fall 2021: Construction begins
  • Winter 2021: Park scheduled to open

The timeline is subject to change.

Tom Riley Park is a 14.8-hectare park at Dundas Street West and Islington Avenue that follows Mimico Creek to Bloor Street West. The park is rich in natural heritage as it is under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, and City of Toronto’s Ravine and Natural Feature Protection (RNFP) By-Law and has archaeological potential. Mimico Creek runs naturally through the park, just east of the playground area. The playground in the park will be enhanced as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing equipment.

The project site is located in the central area of the park in the area of the existing playground equipment. The existing playground is in need of replacement. The scope of the playground improvement will include this general area. The playground will be designed for accessibility and include an accessible pathway connection to the new playground area.

The playground design will be developed through consultation with the community.

The new playground is proposed to include:

  • a central landmark playground structure
  • additional junior and senior playground equipment areas and swings
  • a coloured rubber safety surface
  • a sandbox
  • ample seating
  • a shade canopy
  • a generous, accessible path to the playground

The improvements will only include the general playground area. The scope will not include any new water or lighting features.

November to December 2020

Online Survey

An online survey presented a final design theme and collected community input to inform the development of the final playground design. The survey received a total of 334 responses.

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Virtual Public Meeting

The online public meeting took place on November 24, 2020. At the meeting, the project team presented a final design theme and collected community input to inform the development of the final playground design.

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September to October 2020

Online Survey

The survey was available to complete online from  The survey received a total of 266 responses.

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Online Public Meeting

The online public meeting took place on September 29, 2020. Multiple design options for the playground improvements were presented and a question and answer session followed.

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August 2020

Online Survey

The phase 1 online survey was live from August 3 to 30, 2020. Over 430 responses were received.

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