A new 1213m2 park is being designed at the former Honest Ed’s site and surrounding Mirvish Village as part of a new mixed-use residential development project! The park will front Markham Street and will include bird-friendly gardens, trees, a children’s water feature and sitting and picnic opportunities. The City is engaging local residents and community members to determine a park design that meets the needs of the community.
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The park design has been finalized and the contractor is preparing to start construction in December 2023, weather permitting.
From August 6 to August 27, 2021, the City conducted an online survey to collect feedback on the preferred design for the new park and confirm previous feedback collected during the other phases of community engagement. The survey received 362 responses which includes 471 participants of various ages. 79 per cent of respondents identified as residents living nearby.
Respondents were able to indicate their preference and final thoughts on the design, layout, and park elements.
City staff engaged the community and stakeholders on the proposed designs for the new park, which was based on previous feedback. Feedback was collected through an online survey and virtual public meeting. . A preferred design will be developed using the feedback in this phase.
Download the What We Heard (Proposed Designs) Report.
From March 25 to April 11, 2021, City staff collected feedback on an early proposed design for the park in an online survey. The survey received a total of 723 responses.
On March 25, 2021, a virtual public meeting was hosted by City staff to present the prposed 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.
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 proposed park t design:
The preferred design was developed using feedback collected from the community and stakeholders during multiple phases of community engagement. The features in the design include:
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.
A map showing the placement of the new Mirvish Village Park, located west of Bathurst Street and fronting onto Markham Street.