Humber Bay Park offers a place for quiet refuge on Toronto’s waterfront. The Humber Bay Park Master Plan was launched in January 2016 to guide park improvements and maintenance, establish priorities and inform the budget and decision-making relating to this important Waterfront Park.

As part of the Master Plan process, architectural improvements are also being considered for the park. The Master Plan implementation and architectural improvements will happen simultaneously and will be developed in more detail as the project progresses.

Humber Bay Park is a destination park on Toronto’s western waterfront that was created through lake-filling during the 1970s and early 1980s. The parkland is owned by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and operated by the City of Toronto.

Over 43 hectares in size, the park is defined by two separate large peninsulas, Humber Bay Park East and Humber Bay Park West, bisected by Mimico Creek. The park has been loved by the community for several decades and is now showing signs of wear, tear and deterioration.

Master Plan Vision

The Humber Bay Park Master Plan is a visioning tool intended to establish a design framework for future park improvements, to help define short and long-term goals, priority projects for the park and to guide the implementation of capital improvements for years to come. The ideas presented in the plan will be implemented over time. As funding becomes available and priorities are identified, individual projects will require additional study, design and community engagement before they are realized. The Master Plan is intended to be a living document that is to be updated and revised as the needs and vision for the park change over time.

The Master Plan has already helped to inform the new fishing nodes and shoreline restoration within the park. The Master Plan is also an important foundation for the current Architectural improvements being designed within Humber Bay Park East.

The vision of the Humber Bay Park Master Plan is to create a more integrated and ecologically resilient Humber Bay Park, while celebrating the unique character and setting of each area (East, West and Mimico Creek). The Master Plan intends to:

  • Protect and enhance the valued naturalized landscape, habitat and recreational uses in the park
  • Improve the safety and access to and within the park
  • Ensure that proposed improvements respond to existing and future needs of the community and city residents

Developing the Master Plan

The Master Plan is a collaborative effort between the TRCA, the City of Toronto, community groups, residents, advocates and design professionals. The work spanned a two year period and was divided into a number of key phases:

Inventory and Analysis

After an extensive review of background documentation, meetings with City staff, the TRCA, park operations and maintenance staff and a site inventory, a series of design principles and objectives were developed to support the vision for the Master Plan.

Concepts and Alternatives

After an extensive review of background documentation, meetings with City staff, the TRCA, park operations and maintenance staff and a site inventory, a series of design principles and objectives were developed to support the vision for the Master Plan.

Preliminary Master Plan

The preliminary Master Plan synthesized initial concepts into what was presented to staff, public consultation as well as stakeholder and committee input for feedback and further refinement.

Costing and Phasing

A high-level cost estimate was prepared for the implementation of the Master Plan. The cost estimate was divided into phases for possible implementation based on park user needs, opportunities for coordination with other improvement initiatives and funding availability.

Final Master Plan

A preferred design concept for the Park was developed based on a synthesis of the draft explorations and in response to staff, public consultation as well as stakeholder and committee input. The document includes a summary of the site analysis, design principles and guidelines and sets out recommendations for proposed improvements that support the vision for the park that was established in the earlier stages of the project.

Although the land occupied by the private boat clubs is not included in the scope of this Master Plan, a series of meetings were held with the clubs to understand their functional and operational requirements within the context of Humber Bay Park.

How to Use the Master Plan

The document has been structured to provide guidance to both the City and TRCA to address any changes that would be required to the Master Plan to ensure it remains relevant as the needs of the city and neighbouring communities evolve. The Master Plan document is divided into 9 Chapters with the focus for each described as follows:

  • Chapter 1 – Introduction: Provides an overview of the park context and history of the site and park development.  This chapter also describes the Master Plan process and purpose.
  • Chapter 2 – Background Analysis: Presents an existing site inventory summarizing existing challenges and areas of concern.
  • Chapter 3 – Vision and Objectives: Establishes the vision, design objectives and proposed ‘big moves’ and key concepts of the Master Plan are described.
  • Chapter 4 – The Master Plan: Shares the Illustrative Master Plan including both Humber Bay Park East and West.
  • Chapter 5 – The Integrated Park: Provides a breakdown of the various areas within Humber Bay Park East and West describing the unique character of each area while highlighting their relationship to the larger whole.
  • Chapter 6 – Park Components: Looks at the details relating to specific park components and how each component integrates with the larger context and vision for the park.
  • Chapter 7 – Management Plan: Provides high-level recommendations for park maintenance and operations.
  • Chapter 8 – Implementation and Phasing: Provides an overview of implementation and makes recommendations for the improvements categorized as small, medium and large scale projects.
  • Chapter 9 – Appendices: Relevant background and reference information that served as the basis for the development of the Master Plan.

The architectural project includes a new parks building that is integrated with the landscape, including a revitalized wetland system and pond with improved walkways, boardwalk and bridges. These improvements will fall within the ‘East Entrance Meadow’ and the ‘Pond and Linear Wetland’ precincts of Humber Bay Park East.

The City and TRCA are working together to ensure that implementation will minimize impacts on habitat and ecology, and to promote a healthy diversity of riparian, terrestrial and avian environments. Works are scheduled for implementation in 2020-2023.

To ensure the relevance of the Master Plan to the public and local community, two Community Resource Groups were created to provide input, guidance and advice throughout the Master Planning and Architectural design process. All meetings were conducted to provide information and collect feedback and included a presentation, question-and-answer session and discussion.

Community Resource Group

A Community Resource Group (CRG) was established to represent the community, business groups and park/trail users and provide input to assist in the successful completion of the design phase of the Master Plan. Members of the CRG were selected through an open application process and includes the following member groups:

  • Animal Alliance of Canada
  • Citizens Concerned about the Future of Etobicoke Waterfront
  • Cycle Toronto
  • Dog-Off-Leash Area Users
  • Franklin Horner Community Centre
  • Friends of Humber Bay Park
  • Humber Bay Shores Condo Association
  • Local Residents and Park/Trail users
  • Metro Marine Modellers Association
  • Mimico Resident’s Association
  • Toronto Field Naturalists
  • Toronto Ornithological Club
  • Urban Fishing Ambassadors

Architectural Community Resource Group

The Architectural Community Resource Group (ACRG) was selected through an open application process. The selection process was designed to include 15-20 people representing various interest groups and stakeholders in the Humber Bay Park area. A terms-of-reference specific to this group was shared to ensure the ACRG members understand their roles and responsibilities.

The ACRG represents the interests of the community, residents associations, businesses and park/trail users and provides input towards the development of a program and design features for the proposed building in Humber Bay Park East.

Member Groups

All applications from residents and group representatives were accepted, including those of the following local community groups:

  • Citizens Concerned for the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront
  • Friends of Humber Bay Park
  • Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association
  • Etobicoke Yacht Club
  • Mimico Cruising Club
  • Metro Marine Modellers
  • Toronto Ornithological Club
  • Urban Fishing Ambassadors
  • Animal Alliance
  • Franklin Horner Community Centre
  • Local residents

February 2019

Master Plan is Released to the Public

On February 22, the Humber Bay Park Master Plan became available to the public.

TRCA Board Meeting

On February 22, a TRCA Board Meeting was held.

July 2018

Architectural Improvements Open House

On July 12, a meeting was conducted to provide information and gather feedback about the architectural component of the Humber Bay Park East Building Project.

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December 2017

Community Resource Group Meeting 5

On December 5, this meeting was held.

October 2017

Architectural Improvements Public Meeting 1

On October 30, a meeting was conducted to provide information and gather feedback about the architectural component of the Humber Bay Park East Building Project.

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August 2017

Architectural Community Resource Group Meeting 3

On August 30, a meeting was conducted to provide information and gather feedback about the architectural component of the Humber Bay Park East Building Project.

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July 2017

Architectural Community Resource Group Meeting 2

On July 5, a meeting was conducted to provide information and gather feedback about the architectural component of the Humber Bay Park East Building Project.

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April 2017

On April 5, a meeting was conducted to provide information and gather feedback about the architectural component of the Humber Bay Park East Building Project.

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February 2017

Community Resource Group Meeting 4

On February 6, this meeting was held.

October 2016

On October 26, a meeting was conducted to provide information and gather feedback about the architectural component of the Humber Bay Park East Building Project.

September 2016

Public Meeting 3

On September 29, the Project Team presented the preliminary results for the online survey that was conducted in May/June 2016. The feedback from this meeting was used to establish immediate and long-term objectives for the park. Applications for the Architectural Community Resource Group were available at this meeting.

Community Resource Group Meeting 3

On September 14, this meeting was held.

May/June 2016

Online Survey

The City conducted a survey to gather feedback related to park programming and the proposed improvements. The survey was available to complete online from May 6 to June 30, 2016.

Public Meeting 2

On June 15, a public meeting took place to share information about the project and gather feedback through the Master Plan process. The feedback from this meeting was used to establish immediate and long-term objectives for the park.

Farmers Market Pop-Up Event

On June 11, a pop-up community engagement event was held during the weekly farmers market. Preliminary principles and objectives for the Master Plan were displayed and visitors were advised of upcoming public meetings.

Community Resource Group Meeting 2

On May 16, this meeting was held.

April 2016

Community Resource Group Meeting 1

On April 6, this meeting was held.

February 2016

Public Meeting 1

On February 16, a public meeting took place to share information about the project and gather feedback through the Master Plan process. The feedback from this meeting was used to establish immediate and long-term objectives for the park.

Virtual Public Information Session

Fall 2021

Attend a virtual public information session to learn about the upcoming wetland revitalization and new building project, as well as the shoreline work at Humber Bay Park East.

Ways to join will be posted on this page closer to the session date.