A new 3,580m2 (about the size of a baseball field) park is coming to 70 Croatia St. as a result of a broader residential development project at Bloor Street West and Dufferin Street. The park will be located on Croatia Street and will be bordered by a residential development to the north, a new street public street to the west, and a new private street to the east. The park design will be determined through a community engagement process starting in fall 2023.

  • Winter 2023/2024: Community Engagement Phase 1
  • Spring to Summer 2024: Community Engagement Phase 2
  • Fall 2024: Community Engagement Phase 3
  • Winter 2024 to Summer 2025: Detailed design
  • Fall 2025: Construction starts
  • Winter 2026: Construction complete, park opens

The timeline is subject to change.

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Community Advisory Committee

This project has a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) with a mandate to provide a forum for feedback, guidance and advice to the project team at key decision points during the community engagement process. The CAC will meet approximately once during each phase of the community engagement process. The CAC is not a decision-making body and does not speak on behalf of the entire community.

Indigenous Engagement

The Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) will provide feedback and input on Indigenous placekeeping design elements within the new park and will have a critical role throughout the park design process.

Level of Engagement

This project has been classified as a Collaborate project based on the International Association of Public Participation Spectrum. This means we aim to partner with the public, stakeholders and rightsholders in each aspect of the design process, including the development of design options and the identification of a preferred design.

In this phase of the community engagement process, the project team collected feedback from the community, Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) on initial ideas and preferences for the new park. The community feedback will be used to develop a vision statement, guiding principles and key moves for the park design.

January 2024

IAC Meeting 1

On January 22, the IAC met for the first time.

The meeting presentation and summary report will be posted as soon as available.

CAC Meeting 1

On January 17, the CAC met for the first time. An overview of the project was presented to share what the project team has heard from the community so far and to brainstorm the vision for the new park’s design.

The meeting presentation and summary report will be posted as soon as available.

December 2023

In-person Community Pop-up Event

On December 16 from 1 to 3 p.m., the project team hosted an in-person community pop-up at Dufferin Mall. Approximately 51 community members provided feedback on the future look and feel of the park spaces on display boards.

A summary report will be posted as soon as it is available.

Indigenous Advisory Circle Application

From November 17 to December 15, an online form was available for members of Indigenous communities to apply to be a member of the IAC. The IAC will provide feedback on Indigenous placekeeping design elements within the park and will have a critical role throughout the park design process.

Community Advisory Committee Application

From November 7 to December 10, community members could apply to be part of the CAC. The CAC will provide feedback, guidance and advice to the project team at key decision points during the community engagement process.

Virtual Visioning Workshop

On December 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the project team hosted a virtual workshop with approximately 14 community members who shared feedback to help shape the vision for the park design.

A summary report will be posted as soon as it is available.

Online Thought Exchange Activity

From November 17 to December 10, 208 community members participated in an online thought exchange activity where they provided 176 ideas and 4336 ratings on the ideas of others to help inform the park’s vision, character, amenities and features.

A summary report will be posted as soon as it is available.

During this phase of the community engagement process, using the outcomes of Phase 1, the design team will present preliminary design options for community feedback. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and Indigenous Advisory Circle will review the options with the project team and provide feedback.

Anticipated community engagement activities in this phase:

  • Online survey
  • Design charrette
  • CAC meeting
  • Indigenous Advisory Circle meeting
  • Presentation to the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee

The anticipated phase outcome includes the selection of a preferred design option.

During this phase of the community engagement process, the project team will share the preferred design option with the community.

Community Engagement Activities anticipated in this phase will be shared at a later date.

The anticipated phase outcome is the refined preferred design.

A map showing the location of the new park with a red rectangle. The park is located at 90 Croatia Street (north side), between Dufferin Street and Brock Street, south of Bloor Street West. Dufferin Grove Park can be seen nearby, southeast of the new park.