The Relic Linear Park network is a community-led vision that embraces the inclusion of architectural relic stones in the public realm and park spaces within the Grange Park neighbourhood. The park system will include new parks at 234 Simcoe St. and 292 Dundas St. W. and is guided by the Grange Green Plan and Relic Park Prospectus. The parks will connect the linear park to Campbell House Museum (to the south) with the gateway or endpoint of the system at Dundas Street West and McCaul Street.
The name of each park has not been decided and will be determined through community engagement at a later date.
The community engagement process will be delivered in multiple phases that will engage the local community, community groups and key stakeholders.
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The project team hosted two on-site pop-up events, one at Cecil Community Centre on September 20, and one at Grange Park on October 5. The goal was to provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions and share their ideas and vision for the new parks. The Cecil Community Centre facilitated the outreach to Asian-Canadian communities. The Grange Park event was set up near the playground in order to gather insights from parents and children.
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From July 25 to August 7, 2022, an online visioning survey took place to collect feedback on the two new parks. The survey received 501 responses.
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As part of a new mixed-use condominium development at 234 Simcoe St., there will be a new 1,000m2 municipal park. The park will be located on the east side of St. Patrick Street, south of Dundas Street West and will be incorporated into the Relic Linear Park System. The park will have a strong connection to the Privately-Owned Publicly Accessible Spaces (POPS) located just north of the new park, creating a direct connection to the park and to Simcoe St.
The timeline is subject to change.
As part of a new mixed-use condominium development at 292 Dundas St. W., there will be a new 261m2 municipal park. The park will be located at the corner of Dundas Street West and McCaul Street, across from the Art Gallery of Ontario and OCAD University. In addition, there is a small Privately-Owned Publicly Accessible Spaces next to the new park.
The new park is planned to be the gateway into the larger Relic Linear Park System and will incorporate architectural relic stones, as well as an Indigenous art/design element, creating a balance of representation in the design.
The timeline is subject to change.
The Relic Park Linear System is guided by the Grange Green Plan and the Relic Park Prospectus, which outlines the project context, vision, and goals for enhancing and creating new green spaces in the Grange Park neighbourhood.
The vision for Relic Linear Park was ignited by community voices and developed in partnership with The Grange Community Association (GCA) and the Campbell House Museum. The City will use these guiding documents to inform the project as it progresses.
Through conversations with the Mississaugas of the Credit it was brought to the City’s attention that the architectural relic fragments, stones, and sculptures come from a period in which Toronto was created through colonization by European immigrants and that these pieces are remnants of early colonialism. Acknowledging this, the City put out a call to hire Indigenous artist(s)/designer(s) to work as part of the larger design teams and incorporate an Indigenous perspective and history to the park. We anticipate to have the Indigenous artist(s)/designer(s) on the design team by mid-October 2022.
The Grange Green Plan, prepared in partnership with the GCA and the local Councillor, creates an action plan to maximize green space in the Grange Park neighbourhood by recognizing the importance of finding opportunities to enhance existing green spaces and identifying opportunities for creating new ones. The purpose of the Grange Green Plan is to improve public green space, enhance private greening efforts, and contribute to the City’s environmental and climate change agenda, improving both human and ecosystem health within the Grange Park community.
The plan was considered by Toronto and East York Community Council on July 4, 2018 and was adopted without amendments.
Key priorities of the plan include:
The Relic Park Prospectus, prepared in partnership with the local Councillor’s Office, the GCA and Campbell House Museum, outlines a further vision and approach to the public realm enhancements and new parks that integrate architectural relics through a new green corridor in the Grange Park neighbourhood. The project proposal also includes potential design details, and site-specific schematic designs for various public spaces proposed within the park system.