Provide feedback on the preferred design for each new park. The survey closes on April 15, 2024.

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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  • Spring to Early Fall 2023:
    • Community Engagement Phase 1, Pre-Engagement
    • Community Engagement Phase 2, Towards a Vision
    • Design development
    • Design team hired (March 2023)
  • Summer 2023: Community Engagement Phase 3A: Exploring Design Options
  • Fall 2023 to Winter 2024: Community Engagement Phase 3B: Setting a Direction (current phase)
  • Spring 2024: Detailed design
  • Fall 2024: Hire a construction team
  • Spring 2025: Construction starts
  • Winter 2025: Construction complete, parks open

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

Online Survey

March 28 to April 15, 2024

Take the online survey to provide feedback on the preferred design for each new park.

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.

Strengths

  • 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

Weaknesses

  • 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

Opportunities

  • 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

Threats

  • 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. This will also include a series of guiding principles which will guide the development of design options in Community Engagement Phase 3A.

Download the Phase 2 summary.

June 2023

CAC Meeting 2

On June 13, the CAC had a meeting. Two additional CAC meetings are planned throughout the summer and fall of 2023.

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May 2023

Online Thought Exchange Activity

From April 27 to May 19, 2023, an interactive thought exchange activity was available where community members could help shape the vision for the new park by sharing their ideas and rating the ideas of others.

Download the May 2023 thought exchange summary.

CAC Meeting 1

On May 29, the CAC had a meeting.

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Park Pop-Ups

On May 14 and May 17, park pop-ups took place at 801 Wellington St. W. where community members could meet the project team, learn more about the project and help shape the vision for the new parks.

Download the May 14 and 17, 2024 pop-up summary.

CAC Application Process

In early May, community members were invited to apply to be a member of the CAC. In mid-May, the CAC was formed. The intent of the CAC is to represent the diverse interests of the community of 10 Ordnance St. and 801 Wellington St. W. and they will be engaged throughout the design process.

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.

Vision Statement

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

  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

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. West

  • Flexible open lawn
  • Rain gardens
  • Sculpted landforms

New Park at 10 Ordnance St.

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

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. West

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.

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.

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.

March 2024

IAC Meeting 2

On March 26, the IAC met to review the two design options and discuss Indigenous placekeeping elements for the new parks.

The summary report will be posted once available.

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.

The summary report will be posted once available.

February 2024

CAC Meeting 4

On February 22, the CAC met to review the two design options.

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IAC Meeting 1

On February 13, the IAC met for the first time to review the two design options and discuss Indigenous placekeeping options.

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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.