A new park is being designed at the former Honest Ed’s site as part of a new mixed-use residential development! The City will be engaging local residents and community members to determine a new site-appropriate park that meets the needs of the community.

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2021: Conceptual design development and community engagement
  • Summer to Fall 2021: Detail design and construction drawing preparation
  • 2022: Tender for construction
  • 2022 to 2023: Construction

The timeline is subject to change.

As part of the mixed-use development at the former Honest Ed’s site and surrounding Mirvish Village, there will be a new 1213m2 municipal park. This park, fronting on Markham Street, will include extensive bird-friendly gardens, shade trees, sitting and picnic opportunities and a children’s water feature.

Phase 2: Concept Designs

City staff conducted consultations on concept designs for the new park, based on previous community and stakeholder feedback, to help inform the development of a Preferred Concept. Feedback was collected through an online survey and virtual public meeting.

Download the What We Heard (Concept Designs) Report.

March 25 to April 11, 2021

Online Survey

Staff collected input on the early concept design through an online survey. The survey received a total of 723 responses.

March 25, 2021

Virtual Public Meeting

A virtual public meeting was hosted by City staff to present the concept design for the new park, and gather feedback from the community on the design and playground equipment options through a virtual question-and-answer session.

Download the meeting presentation.

Phase 1: Park Visioning

Through 2018 and 2019, City staff and the Mirvish Village Task Group held Visioning workshops and Park Concept Review meetings. From these visioning exercises, the following design guidelines and principles were used to inform a park concept design:

  • Creating a green oasis, a whimsical park with narrow and winding pathways and planting that will contribute to sustainable urban ecology
  • Provide a variety of seating opportunities for individual and small gatherings Capturing the whimsy and curvilinear geometry of the iconic Honest Ed’s sign
  • Integrate fencing/screening system to screen the laneway and provide privacy for the neighbours
  • “For the birds” – bird and insect friendly ecology
  • Provide native landscape planting that will provide microclimates while supporting pollinator gardens, birds and insect ecology
  • Incorporate inclusive design principles to ensure the park is clean, safe, and inviting for a wide range of park users

City staff will be presenting a refined Concept Design for further feedback in summer 2021.

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