Construction is underway! During construction, the west side of Wallace Emerson Park will be closed to the public. A temporary entrance to the east side of the park is available from the Floyd Street laneway. A map of the closure and temporary entry point is available in the Project Updates section.

As part of the Reimagine Galleria Master Plan, Wallace Emerson Community Recreation Centre and Wallace Emerson Park will undergo a revitalization and expansion in order to offer the community a more functional and inviting public space to gather for fun and play.

  • Spring to Winter 2020: Design and approvals
  • Winter 2022: Hire a construction team
  • June 2022: Construction starts
  • Spring 2025: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change.

Community engagement took place between 2018 and 2019 and was essential when developing the plan for improvements for the community centre and park. A variety of consultation activities provided diverse opportunities for people to provide feedback. The City collected feedback through open houses, working group meetings, site walks, pop-up events and focus groups.

Visit the Project Updates section for a summary of the public engagement process.

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August 2022

Park Access Update

A temporary entrance to the east side of the park from the Floyd Street laneway has been created to allow for public access to the park. Residents should note that this access point is not accessible for people using mobility devices due to the curb and slope.

Image of the fenced entrance to the park from the Floyd Street laneway near the east side of the park.

July 2022

Park Access

Map of Wallace Emerson Park with a red border indicating the construction area that is currently closed to public access. Site A of the construction area spans from Dupont St south to Floyd St laneway, and includes the entire west side of the park. Site B identifies the laneway between Parthenon Street and Emerson Avenue. No access to Wallace Emerson Park will be available at the Site B laneway, or the south west corner of the park at Floyd St laneway. Site C identifies a small portion of the south-east site of the construction site that will allow temporary access to the east side of the park during construction. This Site and entrance will be closed to the public toward the end of the construction period to allow for the completion of this portion of the park.

The City recognizes that access to Wallace Emerson Park via Emerson Avenue is important to the community and staff have identified a temporary alternative entry point through the east-end of the Floyd Street laneway. Staff are still working through some details about how to make the ground level to allow for safe passage through this entry point and we will share an update this week. We expect this entry point to be open for use by mid-August. Once the project is nearing completion, staff will need to close off this temporary entry point to allow for work to be completed in this portion of the park (Site C).

The laneway between Parthenon Street and Emerson Avenue (Site B) will be open during most of the construction period. The community will be notified of any construction-related closures of this area in advance.

June 2022

Construction Starts

During construction, the BMX park and basketball court (located within Site A in the following map) will be closed for construction. The soccer goalposts will be relocated outside of the construction area and will continue to be available for public use.
The laneway between Parthenon Street and Emerson Avenue (Site B) will be open during most of the construction period. The community will be notified of any construction-related closures of this area in advance.

September 2020

The design development is complete and the project enters construction procurement. A full construction schedule will be available once a general contractor is hired.

Summer 2019

Open House

An open house took place in September 2019  to provide the community with an update on the Galleria Mall, the Wallace Emerson Park and Community Centre, and the planned work for the first phase of the mixed-use redevelopment of Galleria on the Park.

Winter 2019

Online Survey

From January 24 to February 6, 2019, feedback on the location and conceptual design of the future BMX/Skateboarding facility was collected in an online survey.

Fall 2018

Open House

On October 30, 2018, an open house took place to present the proposed design and the Phase 1 Park Master Plan, which was refined based on the feedback received through the spring and summer of 2018.

Summer 2018

Open House

On July 18, 2018, an open house took place to present the draft Park Master Plan and proposed design for the community centre and the child care centre. Approximately 50 community members attended the, which included small roundtable discussions to gather feedback on the proposed designs.

Youth Summer Camp Sessions

On August 1, 2018, engagement sessions were held in partnership with the Wallace Emerson Community Centre summer camp to get input from over 70 children ages four to 14.

Pop-Up Events

On August 1, 2018, two pop-up stalls were staffed at the existing community centre and park to engage with visitors and park users. The purpose of the pop-ups was to promote the project and raise awareness of the draft Park Master Plan and proposed designs and gather community feedback.

Surveys

From August 1 to September 3, 2018, two online surveys (a park-specific survey and a community centre-specific survey) were made available on the Reimagine Galleria project website and were distributed to the project email list. The Park Survey focused on preferred amenities and activities within the park and received a total of 43  responses.  The Community Centre Survey focused on amenities offered in the new community centre features and programming, and received 14 responses.

Senior Focus Groups

On September 14, 2018, two focus groups took place to engage seniors who regularly gather in the Ambrico Room of the community centre. 18 seniors participated in the two sessions, which included an informal presentation and discussion period.

Spring 2018

Open House

On April 26 and May 22, 2018, open houses took place to collect community feedback on their vision, ideas and aspirations for the project. The open houses were three hours each and began with an optional walking tour of the site. In total, over 225 community members attended both events and 45 participated in the optional walking tours. Feedback from these events will be used to prepare a draft of a Park Master Plan and design for the community centre and child care centre.

Some of the comments and suggestions gathered included:

  • placing the community centre at the southwest corner of the site to allow for more space
  • adding a fence between the park and laneway for more safety
  • amenities such as bike lanes and trails, a community garden, senior fitness classes and more.

Wallace Emerson Community Recreation Centre and Wallace Emerson Park are being revitalized as part of the Reimagine Galleria Master Plan. To cultivate a strong community identity, the new design of the Community Recreation Centre and surrounding park have been developed based on the shared experiences, activities and memories of the community.

The project will include a partial renovation of the existing Wallace Emerson Park with added features and amenities as well as a complete renewal of the existing Community Recreation Centre and a new child care facility.

Wallace Emerson Community Recreation Centre will be completely revitalized. The new 89,500 sq. ft. facility will feature a colourful calendar of community events, recreation programming and will include a new 62 space Child Care Centre. It will also include:

  • An aquatic centre
  • A gym facility and running track
  • An Outdoor running track on the roof of the facility
  • Dance and aerobics studios
  • An open fitness area
  • Multi-purpose rooms, kitchen and kitchenettes
  • A Main lobby, common spaces and administration areas
  • Change rooms, storage areas and washrooms

The existing Community Recreation Centre will not be closed during the construction of the new centre. It will shut down and be demolished only after recreation programming has been transferred to the new centre.

The new Child Care Centre will be attached to the Community Recreation Centre. The centre will be designed as an inclusive play environment that will accommodate 32 preschoolers, 20 toddlers and 10 infants and include various outdoor play areas.

The improvements to Wallace Emerson Park are a combination of renovating the existing park, a land swap, and an expansion of new parkland. Overall, the park will increase in size from 2.66 ha (6.58 acres) to 3.16 ha (7.81 acres) and will be delivered in two phases. Phase two will be delivered separately after the completion of phase one.

Partial closure of the park will be required during the construction of the first phase. The following amenities located on the west side of the park will not be available for use: basketball court, drinking fountain, BMX Park, and walkway connection to Floyd Street. The existing multi-purpose field will be reduced in size in order for it to be available for use during construction.

The first phase of the park improvements will open at the same time as the new Community Recreation Centre and will feature:

  • A new fieldhouse which will include
    • A snack bar and kitchen
    • A skate sharpening station
    • A changing area, accessible and universal washrooms
    • Storage spaces
    • Utility spaces to service the skate trail and leisure/shinny pad
  • Skating trail and leisure/shinny pad
  • Multi-purpose court with basketball hoops
  • BMX/skateboard park
  • Splash pad
  • New landscaping and plantings with preservation of some of the existing mature trees
  • New pathways, lighting, custom seating and outdoor furniture

Project Renderings

While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this site. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, drawings, or any other content, please contact Cristian Lukaszyk at 416-392-8156.