Two new parks have arrived in Spadina-Fort York as a result of the condominium development project at Garrison Point and the construction of the Garrison Crossing pedestrian and cycling bridges. One new 1.2 ha (3 acres) park is located at 10 Ordnance St. and the other 1 ha (2.3 acres) park is located at 801 Wellington St. W., near Strachan Avenue. The design for each new park, including the amenities and features, will be determined with the help of community and stakeholder feedback through the community engagement process!

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Community Engagement Phase 1 and 2, design development, design team hired
Spring to early fall 2023 – Complete 

Community Engagement Phase 3A
Summer 2023 – Complete 

Community Engagement Phase 3B
Spring to Summer 2024 – Current

Upcoming: Detailed design
Summer 2024 – Upcoming

Upcoming: Hire a construction team
Fall 2024 – Upcoming

Upcoming: Construction starts
Spring 2025 to Summer 2026 – Upcoming

The timeline is subject to change. Construction in each park will be phased to accommodate Metrolinx work.

Level of Engagement

This project has been classified as a Collaborate project based on the International Association of Public Participation Spectrum. This means we aim to partner with the public, stakeholders and rightsholders in each aspect of the design process, including the development of a vision, design options and the identification of a preferred design.

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Project Advisory Groups

Community Advisory Committee

This project has a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) with a mandate to provide a forum for feedback, guidance and advice to the project team at key decision points during the community engagement process. The CAC will meet once during each phase of the community engagement process. The CAC is not a decision-making body and does not speak on behalf of the entire community.

Indigenous Engagement

This project has an Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) that provides feedback, guidance and advice on Indigenous placekeeping design elements for the new parks during Community Engagement Phase 3.

This phase of the community engagement process started in April 2023 and included conversations with community groups to help the project team better understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats associated with the parks. As an outcome of this phase, the team has developed a summary of key insights.


  • Increased connectivity from pedestrian and cycling bridges, with future connectivity planned along railway leading to Bathurst Street
  • Views from the parks
  • Site is already loved by the community


  • Existing noise from passing trains, highway and nearby festivals
  • Traffic flowing through site, including fast electric vehicles at times
  • Existing granular pathway connecting Ordnance Park to Ordnance Street often covered in mud
  • Need for more garbage receptacles


  • Nature is key to revealing the natural character of the sites
  • Do not over program
  • Provide infrastructure for events and installations
  • Local residents with limited access to outdoor space
  • Space for children and youth


  • Park sites used to be industrial with contaminated soils
  • Light pollution in the area
  • Safety and security for residents that front the parks

In this phase of the community engagement process, the City worked with community members, including the Community Advisory Committee (CAC), to help define an overall vision for the two new parks.

The vision, guiding principles and big moves were developed based on community feedback collected in Phase 2 and refined using feedback collected in Phase 3A and Phase 3B.

Vision Statement

The vision is co-created with the community to describe the ideal future parks. It is a big-picture statement that should inspire everyone toward a common understanding of the project’s overall goals and objectives.

The Ordnance and Wellington parks will provide a unique urban green space with spectacular views of the City skyline. The parks will become an important green link between adjacent communities and to the broader open space network, offering a balance of green, ecological design; restful open spaces; and the creation of a social and playful public realm that will bring Indigenous histories and futures into focus.

Guiding Principles

The guiding principles are high-level directions that reflect the community’s most important values and ideas for how the parks should look and feel. They help to clarify the vision statement and guide how the parks should be designed by describing the desired outcomes.

  1. Establish a distinct identity for the parks
  2. Protect and enhance key views
  3. Strengthen site topography and landform
  4. Improve connections in the parks and to the community
  5. Enhance site ecology, reflecting Indigenous ecological knowledge
  6. Create safe and inclusive parks for all ages and all abilities
  7. Contribute to public health through sustainable and resilient design
  8. Reflect the natural and cultural heritage of the site and integrate Indigenous culture, languages and art

Big Moves

The big moves communicate the main priorities of both the community and the City for the design of the parks. They are specific directions for how the physical design can achieve the vision and guiding principles.

Both Parks

  • Range of seating options
  • Tree planting and seasonal colour
  • New pathway connections
  • Pollinator meadows and wildlife habitat
  • Gateway entrances

New Park at 801 Wellington St. W.

  • Flexible open lawn
  • Rain gardens
  • Sculpted landforms

New Park at 10 Ordnance St.

  • Framed views
  • Porch swings and feature lookout
  • Children’s play

In this phase of the community engagement process, the City and its design consultant used the outcomes from Community Engagement Phase 2 to develop two design options for the parks. These options were presented to community members, including the Community Advisory Committee (CAC), for feedback.

November 2023

Project Timeline Update

In response to a request from the local Councillor’s office (Ward 10, Spadina-Fort-York), the project team is exploring the opportunity to include a community garden and public washroom in one of the park designs. The project team is currently conducting a study to explore the technical feasibility of these potential additions, and this will delay the project timeline. Please note that this is only a study, and these additions may not be possible. An updated timeline will be shared as soon as it is available.

September 2023

Online Survey

From August 21 to September 11, an online survey collected feedback from over 800 community members on the draft design options for the new parks.

Download the September 2023 survey summary.

August 2023

Community Pop-Ups

On August 23 and August 27, approximately 255 community members participated in pop-ups at the northwest corner of 801 Wellington St.

Download the August 2023 pop-up summary.

CAC Meeting 3

On August 3, the CAC had a meeting to review the two design options.

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In this phase of the community engagement process, the City will share the preferred design for each park with community members. When the preferred design is confirmed, the project will move into the detailed design phase where the design team will finalize the design by working through the technical details and drawings for the construction contractor.

The anticipated outcome of this phase is a refined preferred design for each park.

Preferred Designs

The preferred design for each park includes sculpted landforms that create distinct outdoor spaces, a balance between active and passive experiences, and frame the unique expansive views toward the City skyline.

New Park at 801 Wellington St. W.

Through careful manipulation of topography (landscape features), the preferred design improves overall circulation within the park and to adjacent public spaces, preserves existing uses, and provides new flexible space for programming.

Rendered view of Wellington Park, looking south toward Ordnance Park, showing the upper plateau lawn, berm and entrance plaza at Wellington Street.

Rendered view of Wellington Park, looking north toward Wellington Street West, showing the upper plateau lawn, naturalized slopes and lower meadow and rain gardens at the east edge of the park.

The site plan features extends the existing walkway which will circle the park and use pathways that people currently use. In the middle of this walkway is an open lawn with communal picnic tables, lounge seating on slopes, and berm/sculptural landforms on the edges of the lawn. New tree plantings, wet meadow/rain garden, and buffer plantings are featured on the outside edges of the park. Linear/amphitheatre seating and lounge seating on slopes take advantage of the berm/sculptural landforms within the park. The southwest corner has a pollinator meadow. The northwest corner of the park at Wellington St. features a gathering space/plaza with wood platform seating and a drinking fountain. The stair connection is in the southeast corner of the park and connects the walkway to the future multi-use trail.

  1. New tree planting
  2. Pollinator meadow
  3. Wet meadow/rain garden
  4. Buffer planting
  5. Open lawn
  6. Wood platform seating
  7. Lounge seating on slopes
  8. Communal picnic tables
  9. Linear amphitheater seat
  10. Gathering space/plaza
  11. Berm/sculptural landform
  12. Drinking fountain for people and dogs
  13. Future multi-use trail connection
  14. Stair connection
  15. Future development at 2 Tecumseth St.
  16.  Future parkland dedication (by others)

Diagram illustrating the range of seating and gathering spaces proposed in Wellington Park.

New Park at 10 Ordnance St.

The preferred design builds on the existing topography (landscape features) of the site, creating a peninsula with a naturalized grassland meadow that rises over the rail corridor to provide unique views of the City skyline.

The park will include public art depicting a family of beavers, made from repurposed timber and lumber by artists Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. The wood sculptures will be treated for fire safety and will be weatherproofed in an environmentally safe manner.

Rendered view of Ordnance Park, looking west, showing the upper and lower plateau, with dry meadow or savannah, shade trees, swings and play area.

Rendered view of Ordnance Park, looking east from the POPS walkway toward the City skyline, with public art in the foreground.

The site plan preserves the existing walkway cutting through the two sides of the park. The east side features the grassland/pollinator meadow, naturalized/habitat plantings lookout/porch swings, gathering space/plaza, drinking fountain, lounge seating on slopes, and the children's play area. The west side features the open lawn and communal picnic tables. Both sides include new tree plantings, buffer plantings, linear/amphitheatre seating, berm/sculptural landforms, and public art.

  1. New tree planting
  2. Grassland/pollinator meadow
  3. Naturalized habitat planting
  4. Buffer planting
  5. Open lawn
  6. Nature-based children’s play area
  7. Lounge seating on slopes
  8. Communal picnic tables
  9. Linear amphitheater seat
  10. Lookout with porch swings
  11. Gathering space/plaza
  12. Berm/sculptural landform
  13. Public art
  14. Drinking fountain for people and dogs
  15. Future Ontario Line emergency exit building
  16. Temporary Ontario Line construction easement

Diagram illustrating the range of seating and gathering spaces proposed in Ordnance Park.

Indigenous Placekeeping

During previous engagement, the project team heard from the community that the new parks should incorporate Indigenous placekeeping elements into the designs. As a result, Indigenous placekeeping elements are being integrated through consultation with an Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) and an Indigenous design consultant. This commitment includes:

  • Drawing on Indigenous knowledge for the selection of plants and plant communities.
  • Integrating Indigenous teachings through artistic mediums into the retaining walls and structures in the parks.
  • Including Indigenous languages on interpretive and educational signs throughout the parks.
  • Including a proposed gathering space at the eastern tip of the Ordnance Park peninsula, with the potential for a fire circle.

The final preferred design with Indigenous Placekeeping elements will be shared on this page once it is available.

June 2024

Download a combined summary of the April 2024 online survey and pop-up and the March 2024 open house.

April 2024

Online Survey

From March 28 to April 15, an online survey collected feedback from 630 respondents on the preferred design for each park.

Community Pop-Up

On April 14, the project team collected feedback at a Community Environment Day event hosted by the Spadina-Fort York City Councillor at Stanley Park.

March 2024

In-Person Open House

On March 27, the project team hosted an in-person Open House to share the preferred design for each new park.

Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) Meeting 2

On March 26, the IAC met virtually to discuss and share feedback on the proposed Indigenous Placekeeping elements in the new park designs.

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February 2024

Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) Meeting 1

On February 13, the IAC met virtually for the first time to discuss Indigenous Placekeeping in the new parks.

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A map showing the project site in red, with the new park at 801 Wellington Street West shown on the north side of the Garrison Crossing bridge and the new park at 10 Ordnance Street to the south side of the bridge. The Metrolinx construction area is shown with red hash marks on the east side of the new park at 10 Ordnance Street.