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

As part of a residential infill development, a new park is coming to 44 Jackes Ave.! The City is engaging with local residents and community members to help determine the park design.

Project Timeline

  • April 2021: Hiring a design team
  • May 2021 to Spring 2022: Concept development and community engagement
  • Spring 2022 to Winter 2022: Construction drawing preparation
  • Early Winter 2023: Tendering and award of contract
  • Spring to Summer 2023: Construction

The timeline is subject to change.

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Phase 1b: Design Options

In winter 2022, the City collected feedback on two design options for the park to help inform the development of a preferred design. These options were created after having worked closely with the local community, Councillor’s Office, and stakeholders to understand their vision for the park. Feedback was collected through a stakeholder meeting with local community groups, a virtual community meeting and an online survey.

Download the What We Heard (Phase 1b) report to review the community feedback received.

March 2022

Online Survey

From February 24 to March 13, 2022, feedback on the design options for the new park was collected in an online survey. The survey received a total of 206 responses, which included feedback from 284 participants of various ages. The majority of respondents live within a 10 to 30 minute walk from the new park (68 per cent). 19 per cent of respondents live at 44 Jackes Avenue.

While both design options were well received, overall survey respondents preferred Design Option B.

  • 60 per cent of survey respondents preferred Design Option B
  • 21 per cent of survey respondents preferred Design Option A
  • 19 per cent of survey respondents liked both options

February 2022

Virtual Community Meeting

On February 24, 2022, City staff and the local Councillor’s Office hosted a virtual community meeting to share the new design options for the park, which was informed by previous community and stakeholder feedback. 40 community members attended, as well as the local Councillor.

Download the meeting presentation.

Phase 1a: Early Design

Fall 2021

The first round of community engagement focused on feedback and perspectives from local residents and community members on the early design for the new park. Feedback was collected through a stakeholder meeting with local community groups, a virtual community meeting and an online survey.

Download the What We Heard (Phase 1) Report to review the public input received through this round of consultation.

October 2021

Online Survey

From September 29 to October 17, 2021, feedback on the proposed design for the new park was collected in an online survey. The survey received a total of 154 responses, which included feedback from 211 participants of various ages. The feedback on the proposed design indicated:

  • 12 per cent were very satisfied with the proposed design
  • 29 per cent were somewhat satisfied with the proposed design
  • 15 per cent  were neutral with the  design
  • 40 per cent were not satisfied with the proposed design

September 2021

Virtual Community Meeting

On September 29, 2021, City staff and the local Councillor’s Office hosted a virtual community meeting to present the proposed design for the new park and gather feedback from the community through a virtual question-and-answer session. 65 community members attended, as well as the local Councillor.

Download the meeting presentation.

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 Leigh Lichtenberg at 437-235-7022.

The final design was developed with the help of community and stakeholder feedback received through the community engagement process. Given this feedback, the design team is proceeding with Design B, with the following changes:

  • A “semi-transparent” fence has been added to the design to minimize the feeling of being in an enclosed space, but still allow for some privacy.
  • Adding new planting in the Tree Protection Zone (pending approval from the City)

Design option B for the new park at Jackes Avenue, which will include a shade structure, informal and formal seating opportunities, new planting areas, and more. This design follows a more winding and curvilinear form. A full description follows the image.

The design features:

  • Oval shaped planters and curved planting beds with mixed shrubs and trees
  • An accessible looped pathway through the park
  • Bench seating (with backs and arms) along the perimeter of the walkway, providing different seating areas
  • A small shade structure in the middle of the park with seating
  • Sculptural seating found beside the benches to create smaller social gathering opportunities
  • Garbage and waste receptacles
  • A six-foot-tall semi-transparent wood fence that borders the park on the north, east, and west, creating privacy for both building residents and park users
  • New shade trees at the park entrance
  • All plantings will be hardy and perennial. Planting areas are proposed to be raised to prevent dog maintenance concerns

A new park is coming 44 Jackes Ave. as part of a new residential infill development! The new 651 m2 park will front Jackes Avenue, and will be located west of David A. Balfour Park. The City of Toronto is coordinating this project, while the developer is funding the project. The design of the new park will be led by Janet Rosenberg Studios and will be overseen by the City of Toronto.

The design of the new park will evolve through consultation with stakeholders, area residents, and the general public to achieve design excellence and meet the current and future needs of the growing community.

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 Leigh Lichtenberg at 437-235-7022 or Leigh.Lichtenberg@toronto.ca.

Aerial map image showing the placement of the new park on Jackes Avenue. The red star indicates where the new park will be located on Jackes Avenue, east of Yonge Street.
A map showing the placement of the new park coming to 44 Jackes Avenue, located east of Yonge Street and west of David Balfour Park.
Artist illustration of park visitors walking along the park path, one using a mobility device, and another sitting on a bench. Other visitors are seen walking and sitting along the pathways.
Artist rendering of the preferred design, looking west towards Yonge Street and showing the new park’s winding pathways, planting, and bench seating.