Two new parks are coming to the Moss Park Neighbourhood as part of mixed-use development projects. The park designs will be determined through community engagement.
The name of this project has been corrected to Moss Park Neighbourhood from North St. Lawrence Neighbourhood.
The timeline is subject to change.
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Two new parks are coming to the Moss Park Neighbourhood as part of mixed-use development projects:
Indigenous Placekeeping (an approach to design that focuses on Indigenous histories and futures while connecting ecological, historical and cultural relationships to a place) will be incorporated into the design of both parks.
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Each park will be referred to by its location until it is officially named. The park naming process is separate from the park design process.
In this phase of the community engagement process, community members were asked to provide feedback to help develop a draft design for each park, which will be presented to the community for additional feedback in Phase 2. The project was also shared with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for feedback.
The project team met with representatives from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to introduce the project and gather feedback.
On July 14, 2022, the first meeting of the Black Community Advisory Group took place.
Thoughtful park design can help create a welcoming and inclusive space for all Toronto residents and is part of our work toward addressing anti-Black racism in the city. To ensure the perspective and needs of Black community members are reflected in the park design, a Black Community Advisory Group (BCAG) has been established to act as an advisory body through the park design process. The BCAG meet in each phase of the design process (three meetings total) to review, deliberate, and discuss key project elements.
The BCAG is comprised of 15 members, selected from the list of applicants to reflect a diverse cross-section of the Black community. Community members could apply to join the Black Community Advisory Group from June 8 to June 30, 2022. The application process was promoted through paid social media ads, posters and signs in the community, at community pop-ups, and through emails to community organizations. No professional experience was needed to apply. Members of all ages in the local Black community and organizations that serve the local Black community were encouraged to apply. Members of the BCAG are provided with a $50 honorarium per meeting for their participation.
On July 8 and June 29, 2022, one-hour in-person youth workshops were held with local City youth groups. Approximately 25 youth participated from ages 10 to 16 years.
On June 21, 2022, the project team held two community pop-up events. The pop-ups consisted of project information boards and feedback boards that allowed community members to learn about the project and share their preferences for the design of the two new parks.
The pop-up events took place on King Street East, west of Ontario Street from approximately 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Queen Street East, west of Ontario Street, from approximately 3 to 6 p.m. Approximately 100 community members provided feedback.
From June 8 to June 30, 2022, an online survey took place to collect the community’s ideas for the two new parks. The survey received a total of 476 responses. As some surveys included feedback from multiple people (e.g. entire households), in total 831 people participated in the survey.
Six community organizations also provided feedback online through a parallel survey.
Download the survey summary.
This phase of the community engagement process will start in early 2023. In this phase, draft design options for each park will be presented to the local community for feedback and revisions.
This phase of the community engagement process will start in mid-2023. In this phase, a final proposed design for the new parks will be presented to the local community for a final round of feedback and revisions.