The playground and splash pad improvements are complete and the donor recognition wall has been installed. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony is expected to take place in spring 2024. Details will be shared on this page when available.

We plan to rejuvenate Trace Manes Park‘s playground and water play area in honour of Georgia Walsh.

  • November 2019: Construction starts
  • December 2020: Construction complete, playground and splash pad reopens
  • June 2023: Donor recognition wall installed
  • Spring 2024: Official ribbon-cutting ceremony

The timeline is subject to change.

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June 2023

Donor Wall Installed

The donor recognition wall is installed. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony is expected to take place in fall. Details will be shared on this page when available.

January 2023

The planning to install the donor recognition wall is ongoing with an anticipated completion of spring 2023.

December 2020

Project Complete

Construction for the playground and splash pad is complete. The donor recognition wall will be  installed by summer 2022.

November 18, 2019

Construction is underway and the playground/wading pool area is closed to the public.

September 18, 2017

Park Improvements Public Open House 2

A detailed design concept was presented to the public, including designs for custom shade structures a “Donor Wall” to highlight all of the donors to the project. City Staff, the Consultant, and the local Councillor all attended the meeting to present to the public. From this point, the City has been working with Georgia Walsh’s mother, Jillian Walsh, who represents the donors and local community, to develop the final design.

March 27, 2017

Park Improvements Public Open House 1

A more refined design concept was presented at the first official public open house based on all of the feedback gathered over the course of two years. City staff and the Consultant, as well as the local Councillor,  were on-hand to discuss with the public and field any questions.

August 27, 2016

Baseball fundraising event 2

During the second community fundraising event, a revised concept was presented based on the feedback solicited during the previous year. The Consultant was present to discuss, however, Jillian Walsh and her committee members spoke to the project.

August 29, 2015

Baseball fundraising event 1

This was the first community fundraising initiative that the City partook in. Panels outlining the current conditions, as well as a preliminary design concept and equipment options were presented to the public. The Consultant and City representatives were present to discuss the project and obtain feedback from the public.

In 2015, the Leaside community requested the start of fundraising for improvements to the Trace Manes Park playground and water play area. The existing play equipment and wading pool have reached the end of their life cycle and are in need of replacement. Toronto City Council approved receipt of donations for the purpose of creating a new playground and splash pad in honour of Georgia Walsh who lost her life in a tragic traffic accident in 2014.

The playground will be reconstructed to comply with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) guidelines and the wading pool will be converted to a splash pad. Other improvements include:

  • Pathways and landscaping
  • Shade structure
  • Water bottle-filling station
  • Donor recognition wall