A new 420m2 park is coming to 1 Defries St, as part of a residential development project at Defries Street between Mark Street and Labatt Avenue in the Regent Park neighbourhood.
The timeline is subject to change.
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From January 25, 2023 to February 15, 2023, an online survey was available for community members to share their thoughts on the preferred design for the new park. The survey was extended from March 2 to March 10, 2023.
To help understand the community’s priorities for the future park, the City engaged the community in an online survey, classroom workshop and park pop-up event. The design team will use the feedback collected to develop a proposed design for the park.
From April 8 to May 27, 2022, 240 community members participated in an online survey where they shared a total of 194 ideas and over 3,800 ratings of those ideas for the new park. Review all raw ideas and rankings.
Key Feedback Highlights
The most popular ideas within the project scope for the new park were:
On May 24, 2022, the project team held four classroom workshops at Nelson Mandela Park Public School for approximately 80 students in grades one, two, three, five, six, seven, and eight.
Popular ideas from younger students (grades one to three) were:
Popular ideas from older students (grades five to eight) were:
The new park at 1 Defries St will be about the size of a basketball court and will front Labatt Avenue and Defries Street. A portion of the park will be located on the existing Labatt Avenue right of way, which will be closed to vehicles. The park will be accessible and include various amenities and seating areas. A dogs off-leash area will not be included in the design due to the park’s limited size.
The park design will evolve through consultation with nearby schools, area residents and the general public in order to design a space that meets the needs of the growing community.
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