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.

  • Winter 2022: Hire a design team
  • Spring 2022 to Fall/Winter 2022: Community engagement and design development
    • Spring/Summer 2022: Phase 1, Building a Vision (current phase)
    • Winter/Spring 2023: Phase 2, Exploring Design Options
    • Spring/Summer 2023: Phase 3, Setting the Direction
  • Spring 2023 to Winter 2023: Detailed designs
  • New Park on Richmond Street East:
    • 2024: Hire a construction team and construction starts
    • 2025: Construction complete, park opens
  • New Park on King Street East:
    • 2025: Hire a construction team and construction starts
    • 2026: Construction complete, park opens

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:

  • New Park on Richmond Street East: this park will be 1400 m2 (about the size of a hockey rink), and will be located on the north side of Richmond Street East, west of Ontario Street. This park is being built as part of a development agreement at 261 Queen St. E.
  • New Park on King Street East: this park will be 470 m2 (about the size of a tennis court), and will be located on the north side of King Street East, west of Ontario Street. This park is being built as part of a development agreement at 254-260 King St. E.

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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Both new parks are located in the North St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. The new park on Richmond Street East is show in in Orange and is 1400 metres squared. It is located north-west of the intersection of Ontario Street and Richmond Street East. The new park on King Street East is shown in purple and is 470 metres squared. It is located north-west of the intersection of Ontario Street and King Street East.

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.

Spring to Summer 2022

Discussion with Rights Holders

The project team met with representatives from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to introduce the project and gather feedback.

Indigenous Engagement
  • Fourteen local Indigenous-serving organizations were contacted and asked to provide feedback (through an online survey, phone interview/meeting, or in-person pop-up event). Three organizations provided feedback through an online survey. One organization provided feedback through an online meeting.
  • Project staff presented to the City of Toronto Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, and the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council Friends and Partners Sharing Circle
  • Project staff met with the Project Manager for the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE)

Black Community Advisory Group

On July 14, 2022, the first meeting of the Black Community Advisory Group took place.

Download the meeting summary.

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.

Youth Workshops

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.

Download the workshop summary.

Community Pop-Up Event

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.

Download the feedback summary.

Online Survey

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.