The final design for the park expansion is available in the Design section. Thank you to all the community members who provided their feedback throughout the design process!

The former Hillsdale Avenue Parkette is being expanded to a new 1150m2 park as part of a residential development project in the neighbourhood. The park will be located south of Soudan Avenue and north of Hillsdale Road. The park design will be developed with the help of community and stakeholder feedback and is proposed to include seating areas, an accessible walkway, and horticultural pollinator plants.

  • Summer 2021: Community engagement and design development
  • Late Summer to Early Fall 2021: Hire a construction team
  • Spring 2022: Construction starts
  • Fall 2022: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change.

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September 2022

Construction Update

Construction is underway with site services, concrete paving and site furnishings complete. Work continues on the planting and lighting areas ahead of the park opening in early fall 2022.

A photograph of the construction underway to the pathways in Hillsdale Park, which are curved in shape.

July 2021

Online Survey

From July 9 to July 25, 2021 the City conducted an online survey to collect feedback on the three design options for the park. The objective was to identify the most preferred design elements and amenities and collect additional ideas from the community. The survey received a total of 562 responses.

Respondents were able to indicate their preference on the three design options shown.

  • 33 per cent of respondents preferred Option A (White Birch and Four Seasons)
  • 33 per cent of respondents preferred Option B (Burle Marx Pollinator Garden)
  • 21 per cent of respondents preferred Option C (Light Woodlands)
  • 7 per cent of respondents liked all options
  • 7 per cent of respondents did not like any options

In addition, respondents were able to provide more detailed feedback on each of the design options.

  • In Option A, the majority of respondents (50 per cent or more) agreed that the pathways were usable, enough trees and plants were included in the design, and that they would visit the park to relax and enjoy nature
  • In Option B, the majority of respondents were satisfied with the pathways, amount of trees and plants, and identified they would visit the park to relax. They also identified this option as having a balance between paved surfaces and green space than either Option A or C

Virtual Public Meeting

On July 7, 2021, 30 community members attended a meeting hosted by the local Councillor to learn about the design options for the new park. The project team collected feedback on the community’s park use and design ideas through a virtual question-and-answer session.

Download the meeting presentation.

The expanded Hillsdale Avenue Park connects Soudan Avenue to Hillsdale Avenue East. The design includes:

  • A large walkway lined with planting beds along the east and west side of the park
  • An open lawn area with seating options throughout the park (benches and tables with stools)
  • Horticultural and pollinator plants
  • New lighting

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 Sam Bietenholz at 437-226-5299.

An image of the final design for the Hillsdale Avenue Park Expansion and Redesign. New features and existing roads and infrastructure are labeled in the plan and include seating throughout the park, an open lawn area in the centre, and a central pathway connecting Soudan Avenue and Hillsdale Avenue, with planting beds along the walkway.

  1. Table with stools
  2. Bench
  3. Planting bed
  4. Lawn area

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 Sam Bietenholz at 437-226-5299.

An aerial overview map of the new Hillsdale Park, showing the former Hillsdale Avenue Parkette shaded in green, and the future park expansion outlined in red.
A map showing the placement of the expanded and redesigned Hillsdale Avenue Park, located east of Yonge Street and north of Hillsdale Road.