The High Park Movement Strategy will rethink the travel network serving High Park in the context of the city’s growing population, changing travel patterns, and the impacts of COVID-19. The goal is to improve mobility within the park, while prioritizing safety, accessibility and the park’s ecological integrity. The study will also explore interim solutions that can be delivered in the short term.

  • Summer 2021 to Summer 2022: Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Winter 2021 to Summer 2022: Develop draft options for improving the travel network
  • Summer 2022 to Fall 2022: Evaluate options
  • Fall 2022 to Winter 2023: Select preferred option
  • Spring 2023: Implementation of preferred option

The timeline is subject to change.

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The Parkside Drive Study is exploring changes on Parkside Drive to improve safety and mobility with a focus on vulnerable road users. This is a companion study to the High Park Movement Strategy and recommendations from these initiatives will be considered in parallel.

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July/August 2022

Online Survey

A second online survey ran from July 8 to August 19, 2022. This survey gathered input from the public on four possible draft strategies for improving the travel network.

Thank you to everyone who was able to complete the survey, which received over 8000 responses. The project team will analyze these responses and a summary will be shared on the project website. Feedback gathered through this survey will help to inform the evaluation and refinement of a recommended strategy for travel network improvements in High Park.

High Park Pop-ups

  • July 14 near West Road and Spring Road
  • July 16 near West Road and Spring Road
  • August 10 near the entrance to the outdoor pool

Staff were on-site to speak with park visitors about the four strategies.

Online Public Open House

On July 27, 2022, an online public open house was hosted to provide an update on feedback and findings gathered to date, share information about the draft strategies being considered and to answer questions and gather input from park users.

Download the open house presentation.

May 2022

Interim Report

On May 11, 2022, an Interim Report was presented to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee to provide an update on the ongoing High Park Movement Strategy. The report describes the types of travel network changes that will be explored and evaluated as part of the study and summarizes the study process, including information on existing features and facilities, infrastructure and park usage.

A final report that identifies the preferred improvements to the High Park travel network is planned for early 2023.

April 2022

External Stakeholder Workshop

On April 13, 2022, the project team hosted a virtual meeting for external stakeholders including representatives from local businesses, residents associations, sports leagues, environmental and cultural organizations and other interest groups active in High Park. This meeting focused on mobility. Preliminary findings from the background analysis were shared and feedback on potential improvements to the travel network was discussed.

December 2021

External Stakeholder Orientation Session

On December 9, 2021, the project team hosted an orientation session for external stakeholders including representatives from local Business Improvement Areas, residents associations, sports leagues and other special interest groups active in High Park.

November 2021

Internal Stakeholder Orientation Session

On November 9, 2021, the project team hosted an orientation session for internal partners and stakeholders to share information on the study objectives, processes and timelines and to gather early feedback from staff in other divisions.

October 2021

A consultant was hired to support the delivery of the High Park Movement Strategy.

Summer to Fall 2021

Online Survey

From June 30 to October 12, 2021, an online survey ran as part of the first phase of engagement to gather information on people’s experiences traveling to, from and within High Park. The survey prompted respondents to consider how the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed their experiences in visiting the park and their priorities for longer term improvements to the travel network.

The survey received 6,717 responses. The feedback will help shape the objectives, scope and outcomes of the High Park Movement Strategy.

Download the survey snapshot for results.

The City is exploring comprehensive and long-term improvements to the travel network in High Park to better serve park users and the surrounding community. There are four possible strategies that are being considered and consulted on. Each will prioritize safety, accessibility and the park’s ecosystem:

  1. No visitor vehicles allowed within High Park
  2. No visitor vehicles allowed at scheduled times
  3. No visitor vehicles allowed on certain park roads
  4. Visitor vehicles allowed at all times

Initial community engagement showed support for changes that improve road safety for vulnerable road users, reduce vehicle speed and volumes, and provide better separation among road users. All four strategies will include traffic management tools that respond to this feedback. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Traffic calming
  • Bikeways
  • Sidewalk widening
  • Pavement markings
  • New traffic controls
  • Wayfinding
  • Increased accessible parking spaces
  • Paid parking
  • Transit service

In all four strategies, vehicle access to the Children’s Garden and Colborne Lodge (at the south end of Colborne Lodge Drive) and the Spring Road parking lot (in the southwest corner of the park) are maintained. Existing pedestrian park roads continue to be car-free. City services such as fire, emergency medical services, solid waste pick-up, and snow clearing will continue as usual.

A preferred strategy will be developed based on consultation feedback and technical analysis.

Strategy 1 closes roads in High Park to visitor vehicles at all times and creates opportunities for major changes to rebalance and redesign existing roadways and paved areas.

This Strategy:

  • Closes roads in High Park to visitor vehicles at all times.
  • Stops cut-through traffic.
  • Allows major changes of existing roads to expand and improve pedestrian and cyclist spaces
  • Creates opportunities for dedicated transit and shuttle service.
  • Creates opportunities to permanently re-program or re-naturalize existing paved areas.
  • Does not provide direct visitor vehicle access to the park’s interior destinations.
  • May increase parking demand in surrounding areas.
  • May improve air and noise quality in the park.

While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this page. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, or any other content, please contact us at highparkmove@toronto.ca, or 416-338-6798.

Map of Strategy 1. Main entrances on Bloor Street West and Parkside Drive are closed to vehicles. Vehicles can enter from Queensway to access the Children's Garden and Colborne Lodge. Vehicles can access the Spring Road parking lot.

Strategy 2 closes the road network in High Park to visitor vehicles at scheduled times and introduces improvements to calm traffic and reduce conflict when park roads are open to vehicles.

This Strategy:

  • Closes the road network in High Park to visitor vehicles at scheduled times. Regularly scheduled closures could take place seasonally, on certain days, or at certain times of day.
  • Focuses on improvements to existing roads to calm traffic and reduce conflict between park visitors when roads are open.
  • Creates some opportunities to redesign roads to improve pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure while safely accommodating visitor vehicles.
  • Creates some opportunities to optimize transit service, which could be coordinated with the timing of road closures.
  • Allows for some paved areas to be temporarily re-programmed, however opportunities for permanent re-naturalization may be limited.
  • Provides direct visitor vehicle access to the park’s interior destinations when roads are open.
  • May improve air and noise quality in the park, depending on frequency and duration of road closures.

While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this page. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, or any other content, please contact us at highparkmove@toronto.ca, or 416-338-6798.

Map of Strategy 2. Main entrances on Bloor Street West and Parkside Drive and parking lots are open to vehicles at scheduled times. Vehicles can access the Children's Garden, Colborne Lodge, and Spring Road parking lot at all times.

Strategy 3 closes certain park roads to visitor vehicles at all times, introducing traffic calming measures on roads that remain open and creating targeted opportunities for re-balancing, re-programing and re-naturalizing areas that are closed to visitor vehicles.

This Strategy:

  • Limits visitor vehicles to the one-way “High Park Loop” along West Road and Colborne Lodge Drive, entering and exiting from Bloor Street West.
  • Creates more predictable traffic movement and prevents cut-through traffic.
  • Introduces improvements to calm traffic and reduce conflict along the High Park Loop.
  • Allows changes to certain roads to expand and improve pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure.
  • Supports transit service integrated with mixed traffic.
  • Creates opportunities to permanently re-program or re-naturalize some parking spaces and paved areas.
  • Provides direct visitor vehicle access to many of the park’s interior destinations.
  • May improve air and noise quality in some areas of the park, however traffic may be heavier on the High Park Loop.

While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this page. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, or any other content, please contact us at highparkmove@toronto.ca, or 416-338-6798.

Map of Strategy 3. Vehicles are limited to one-way travel on West Road and part of Colborne Lodge Drive, with access from Bloor Street West. Vehicles can access the Children's Garden, Colborne Lodge, and Spring Road parking lot at all times.

Strategy 4 opens park roads to visitor vehicles in High Park at all times. Existing pedestrian park roads continue to be car-free. Improvements focus on traffic calming measures and reducing conflict in a mixed-traffic environment.

This Strategy:

  • Opens park roads to visitor vehicles at all times, with access from Bloor Street West, Parkside Drive and the Queensway.
  • Does not prevent cut-through traffic.
  • Focuses on traffic calming and reducing conflict between park users in a mixed-traffic environment.
  • Creates some opportunities to redesign roads to improve pedestrian, cycling and transit infrastructure while safely accommodating visitor vehicles at all times.
  • Offers limited opportunities to permanently re-program or re-naturalized paved areas.
  • Provides direct visitor vehicle access to all of the park’s interior destinations.
  • May not improve air or noise quality.

While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this page. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, or any other content, please contact us at highparkmove@toronto.ca, or 416-338-6798.

Map of Strategy 4. All entrances and parking lots are open to vehicles at all times. Vehicles may travel on all existing roads including West Road, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road

High Park is one of Toronto’s largest public parks, combining environmentally sensitive areas with maintained parkland, recreational facilities and popular attractions. As a regional destination connected through a range of travel options, High Park is one of the most visited parks in Toronto.

The High Park Movement Strategy will focus on mobility and the travel network within the park including existing roads, driveways, parking lots, and paved pathways. The weekend road closures within the park will also be assessed as part of the study. Other important park matters such as land use, conservation and facility maintenance will continue to be addressed through established plans and policies including the Facilities Master Plan, Parkland Strategy and Ravine Strategy.