The park is currently under construction. The Project Updates section of this page has more information.

A green oasis of calm and refuge is coming to the busy heart of the City’s waterfront. The open space on the site of the former Gardiner Expressway off-ramp at York Street and Harbour Street is being turned into a brand new park.

  • June 2020: Design
  • July 2021: Construction starts
  • December 2022: Construction complete
  • Spring 2023: Park opens

The timeline is subject to change.

January 2023

Construction Update

Construction of the new park is progressing. The park is scheduled to open in spring 2023.

An aerial image taken by a drone showing the construction progress for the new park, which shows the centre of the park outlined as a large heart shape and ongoing landscaping around this area, including dirt paths with patches of grass in irregular rounded shapes. The park is a construction site, with construction equipment ,cars, and dirt.

October 2022

The City is working in partnership with Waterfront Toronto (WT) to deliver this project. The park design is a result of an international design competition. The winning team, Claude Cormier and Associates (CC+A), was announced in October 2018, with the contract for construction completed by Waterfront Toronto. Construction started in July 2021 and the landscaped areas of the park are expected to be complete in December 2022.  Pond mechanicals and pond commissioning will be completed by spring 2023.

September 2022

Construction Update

Construction for the new park is progressing. The mosaic pond seat wall and pond liner are complete. The planting areas, berms and drains are in the process of being installed. Upcoming work includes concrete pouring for the mechanical room, irrigation, and excavation for future tree planting.

January 2022

Construction Update

Construction for the new park continues! Construction fencing has been pushed to the sidewalk on York Street and extends partially to the sidewalk along Harbour Street. The construction near Harbour Street includes below ground excavation and foundation work for the small mechanical building that will support the heart-shaped pond. The contractors have completed the excavation work required for the footings of the seat wall that will surround the pond. The concrete pouring for the seat wall will start in late January 2022.

Aerial drone image showing heart shaped excavation for future pond seat wall. The site is framed by York Street to the left, Harbour Street above and Queens Quay below.

September 2021

Construction Notice

Demolition work to remove the concrete pillars used to support the former York-Bay-Yonge eastbound off-ramp from the Gardiner Expressway is underway. All construction-related work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Loud noise is expected during the demolition and an increase in dust and construction vehicle traffic. Mitigation measures include:

  • Dust control fabric has been installed on hoarding and fencing
  • During demolition, water will be sprayed on surfaces to prevent dust from becoming airborne
  • Steel netting will be used to prevent debris from going over the construction hoarding to protect the public right-of-way near demolition areas.
  • Mud mats will be installed at the York Street access point of the site to remove mud from truck tires before they exit
  • The east sidewalk at York Street between Queens Quay and Harbour Street will be closed to pedestrian passage during construction. Pedestrians will be re-routed to the sidewalk on the west side of York Street.
  • If required, a flag-person will re-direct pedestrians to a safer area during the removals.

Community Engagement

Community engagement played an essential role in developing the York Street Park plan. A variety of consultation activities provided diverse opportunities for people to give their input:

  • A public meeting and open house were held in January of 2018 in order to launch the design competition and to get initial input regarding what was important to the community in the design of the park.
  • A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) was assembled as a part of the design competition process.
    • The SAC provided input on the terms of reference for the competition and provided comments on each of the five proposals before the jury made the final selection.
  • The design teams’ submission panels were displayed at City Hall for a two week period and the public was invited to submit written comments and vote for their preferred proposal.
  • Surveys were available online during the design competition period, and the information collected was incorporated into the selection of the winning entry. The survey is now closed.
  • An afternoon pop-up public consultation was hosted in the building lobby adjacent to the park.

The design team will present the proposal to Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel in December and will begin to refine and develop the plans early in 2019. There will be scheduled opportunities for the public to see the revised plans as they progress.

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will be invited to provide input on the plans at key milestones. The first SAC meeting will likely be held in March of 2019. A public information and update session will also be held once the schematic design is further developed.

York Street Park (Love Park) will be a 2-acre park located at the southern foot of York Street and Queens Quay West in the southern Financial District and Harbourfront neighbourhood. Reclaimed as public space from its former use as the Gardiner Expressway’s York-Bay-Yonge eastbound off-ramp, the park will be the ultimate expression of connection, community and nature.

Park Features

An international design competition was held and the “Love Park” proposal by Claude Cormier + Associés, Landscape Architects, was selected as the winning submission.  The key features of the new open public space will meet the needs of area residents, local office workers and the thousands of tourists who visit the City’s central waterfront each year:

  • A large, shallow, heart-shaped pond will lie at the park’s centre and both existing and newly planted trees will provide a green canopy to help screen out the surrounding buildings and bustling city streets.
  • A gently swirling pathway network will provide opportunities for pedestrians to move through the park quickly or stroll and enjoy the respite from the streets.
  • Seating areas and a terrace will be present for casual lunches by employees of the neighbouring offices, for meet-ups, people watching or just quiet contemplation.
  • A small dog-relief area is proposed in the north section of the park.