A new 1250 m2 park is coming to 2788 Bathurst St. as a result of a mixed-use development project at the corner of Bathurst Street and Glencairn Avenue. The park design will be determined through the community engagement process and is proposed to include accessible pathways, lighting, a seating area and other features.

  • Spring 2023: Hire a design team
  • Fall 2023: Community engagement and design development
  • Fall 2024: Detailed design
  • 2025/2026: Construction starts
  • 2026: Construction complete, park opens

The timeline is subject to change.

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Level of Engagement

This project has been classified as a Consult project based on the International Association of Public Participation Public Participation Spectrum. This means we obtain public feedback on existing analysis, alternatives and/or proposals.

In this phase of the community engagement process, the City worked with local community members to define a renewed overall vision for the park, which guided the development of two design options in Community Engagement Phase 2.

September 2023

Online Thought Exchange Activity

From July 14, 2023 to August 3, 2023, over 290 people participated in an online interactive thought exchange activity where they provided 189 ideas and over 3,700 idea ratings.

Vision for the new park: a lush green park that is welcoming to all age groups, family-friendly and accessible. The park should focus on creating a safe, quiet and calming space for the community. The park should be clean with regular upkeep and become a space for local families to gather and socialize.

The following section summarizes the most popular ideas collected in the survey as a part of the activity. Review a full summary of the results in an interactive report.

The most popular park uses included:

  • Relaxing in open green spaces (60 per cent)
  • Using a children’s play area (58 per cent)
  • Sitting and/or eating (55 per cent)
  • Gathering with friends and family (50 per cent)
  • Enjoying and observing planting areas (39 per cent)
  • Playing with game tables (34 per cent)

The most popular park amenities and programming included:

  • A playground area (63 per cent)
  • Adult/senior oriented space (49 per cent)
  • Youth-oriented space (42 per cent)

Preferred seating in the park included:

  • Benches (78 per cent)
  • Café-style tables with umbrellas (52 per cent)
  • Seatwalls (31 per cent)

Preferred Park features to ensure safety included:

  • Lighting (84 per cent)
  • Wide pathways (54 per cent)
  • Buffers from adjacent roadways (55 per cent)
  • Visibility and sight lines (52 per cent)
  • Active edge (45 per cent)

Other thoughts on park safety included:

  • Emergency phone or post with an alert button.
  • Fence for children’s safety and universal design to ensure easy navigation for better accessibility.

All 189 thoughts and ideas shared by over 290 respondents have been summarized into the following points:

  • Build a park that is child and family-friendly and allows children to explore and socialize.
  • Include a variety of play structures for children of all ages, as well as a shaded seating area nearby for parents to gather.
  • Encourage community building by introducing areas that can be used for social activities like live music, community events and picnics.
  • Include fitness equipment for all ages, as well as an open multi-use space for exercising to promote healthy and active living.
  • Incorporate lots of open greenspace, flowers, pollinators and natural shade to create a lush and relaxing space.
  • Ensure the park is accessible to people of all abilities (including those with mobility devices, sensory and other needs).
  • Provide a variety of seating options, with a preference for café-style tables and benches.
  • Ensure Park maintenance and cleanliness.
  • Ensure the park is equipped with proper drainage and water fountains.
  • Consider including amenities like:
    • Community garden
    • Ping pong table and other game tables
    • Provide ample natural shade along with seating to cool down.

In this phase of the community engagement process, the City and its design consultant will present two design options for community feedback. The feedback will be used to develop a preferred design for the park expansion.