The City is studying the parks and outdoor spaces in Oakwood Avenue and St. Clair Avenue West neighbourhood to identify opportunities for improvement. These improvements could include park upgrades, creating new parks, and better access and connections between parks and other public spaces. The findings of this study will guide short and long-term improvements to the local park system.

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2020 to Fall 2020: Background review and analysis
  • Winter-Spring 2021: Public engagement and assessment of gaps and needs
  • Spring 2021: Analysis of community feedback and preparation of plan
  • October 2021: Publish summary of community feedback (coming soon)
  • November 2021: Final virtual open house (date and details to be announced)

 

The City of Toronto Parkland Strategy (adopted by City Council in November 2019) identified that the neighbourhood around the Oakwood Avenue and St. Clair Avenue West intersection is a priority area for parkland acquisition and improvements due to the low number of existing parks in the neighbourhood. As a next step, the creation of a detailed local parks plan was recommended.

The Oakwood-St. Clair Parkland Study will assess the neighbourhood to identify opportunities to improve existing parks, create new parks, and improve access and connections between parks and other public spaces. This includes exploring ways to make parks inclusive and welcoming spaces. The findings of this study will be used to inform decision-making and budgets for improvements to the park system in the area for years to come.

This study will investigate improvements to the park system in the area shown in the following map, with a focus on improvements that provide benefit to the priority area shown in orange.

Map of Oakwood and St Clair area. Red outline describes the study area bordered by Davenport Rd. on the South, Bathurst St. on the East, Earlsdale Ave. on the North and Mc Roberts Ave/Caledonia Park Rd. on the West. The map also highlights blocks representing areas of parkland need which covers approximately 30% – 40% of the map shown.

This study complements several recent and upcoming improvements to Parks in the neighbourhood, including:

Fall 2021

Summary of Community Feedback

Following thousands of responses to the online survey and virtual mapping exercise held this spring, an engagement summary report that showcases the community’s extensive and valuable feedback will be posted on this webpage in October.

February 16 to March 18, 2021

Virtual Mapping Exercise

As part of the study, the City conducted a virtual mapping exercise that allowed users to drop pins and indicate specific areas for improvements. A summary report of those findings will be posted once it becomes available.

Online Survey

As part of the study, the City conducted a survey to collect feedback and ideas from the community about parkland improvements in the study area. A summary report with the findings from that survey will be posted once it becomes available.

Public Open House

November 2021

A virtual open house is planned in late November and the final Oakwood-St Clair Parks Plan will be published shortly thereafter. Stay tuned for more updates about this exciting initiative!