As part of the Reimagine Galleria project, Wallace Emerson Park will flourish and undergo an expansion from 6.58 acres to 7.81 acres. A larger, vibrant park will offer greater opportunities to create a more usable, functional and inviting public space where families can gather for fun and play. The Reimagine Galleria project also includes the renewal and revitalization of the Wallace Emerson Community Centre. A new Community Centre, double the size of the existing centre, will be built at the Dupont entrance of the site. The new 75,000 sq. ft. centre will boast a child care centre and will feature a colourful calendar of community events.
They come in many shapes, sizes and purposes but together, Toronto’s Parks and Community Recreation Centres form the backbone of our public recreation system. They help stoke community engagement, deepen social connections and account for the bulk of the city’s personal health, wellness and physical activity programming.
The Reimagine Galleria Master Plan includes the construction of a new community recreation centre, child care facility and outdoor artificial ice rink. As a way of cultivating community identity, the design of the park, community centre and child care facility will focus on the experiences, activities and memories that have been made by the community.
The new community centre will feature a gymnasium, fitness studio, several multi-purpose/activity rooms, a community kitchen and a child care centre.
The Conceptual draft design for a new Wallace Emerson Community Centre and overall park master plan is complete – construction is set to begin early 2019. During the construction of the new community centre, the Wallace Emerson Community Centre will continue to operate without service disruptions.
Public engagement played an essential role in developing this plan. A variety of consultation activities provided diverse opportunities for people to give their input. The City has received feedback through open houses, working group meetings, site walks, pop-ups and focus groups.
The public consultation process for the design of the Public Facilities included the development of a Consultation Strategy and the coordination of up to 7 community consultation events – four (4) public meetings/open houses and three (3) meetings with the working group.
A summary of public consultation and engagement process can be found on the Reimagine Galleria project page.