Queen’s Park North Improvements
The City is now implementing the approved master plan for Queen’s Park North Improvements. The work is taking place over two construction phases in 2018 and 2019. During each phase, about half of the park will be kept open, while the other half will be fenced for construction.
This significant and cherished landscape in the heart of downtown Toronto holds tremendous cultural, social, and ecological value. Queen’s Park North is one of the earliest public parks in Canada and is home to a significant collection of mature trees, including some of the largest oak trees in the city.
The intent of the Park Improvements Master Plan is to:
- Restore walkways and connections to the surrounding community.
- Regenerate the urban forest.
- Renew seating and lighting.
- Revitalize community enjoyment of the park.
The guiding principles of the plan are to enhance the quality of park destinations; rejuvenate the landscape (including trees and lawns); enhance the park as a place of respite; create a vibrant social heart; create a clear hierarchy of paths with upgraded paving materials; and improve seating.
Queen’s Park North
A major focus of the improvements is the revitalization of the trees and lawns in Queen’s Park North. To achieve this revitalization, the work will include:
- Extensive arboricultural works to rejuvenate the health of existing trees including fertilizing, aerating and pruning. with limited removal of trees, primarily in poor health.
- New tree planting of over 90 large-canopy deciduous trees (all native species) to establish the next generation of this significant urban canopy.
- New tree planting of over 70 under-storey deciduous trees (all native species) that feature spring flowers.
- Rejuvenation of turf with grass seed especially suited to the park’s soil and light conditions (replacing large areas formerly covered in wood mulch).
- Planting of spring flowering bulbs in selected lawn areas near walkways.
Map of Park Improvements
The Queens Park Revitalization Plan Map is numbered and includes a legend. Following the numbering system on the plan, the components of park improvements are as follows:
- King Edward VII Plaza – new unit paving, extensive new seating with wood and metal benches, completion of the granite seat wall, regrading to remove existing berm.
- Highlanders of Canada Monument Plaza – new unit paving, new planting at the base of the monument, new benches.
- Hoskin Entry Plaza – new unit paving, new benches, new curved limestone wall behind benches.
- Wellesley Entry Plaza – new unit paving, new benches and a limestone feature wall.
- Queen’s Park Promenade – new unit paving path lined with benches that connects King Edward Plaza with Highlanders Monument.
- Statue of Al Purdy – remains with new, small paved area at the base.
- Benches – new wood and metal benches throughout the park.
- Stepped Stone Seat Walls – completion of existing black granite seat wall around Kind Edward statue.
- Picnic Tables – new picnic tables.
- Accessible Picnic Table – new picnic table that meets City accessibility design guidelines.
- Limestone Entry Wall – new curved natural stone wall at Hoskin Plaza Entrance.
- Recreation/Jogging Path – improvements to limestone-screening jogging path around the perimeter of the park.
- Existing Ornamental Fountain – to remain, but will not be refurbished as a working fountain.
Additional components of the improvements not numbered in the plan:
- Conversion of all existing light standards to sustainable LED fixtures, plus additional LED light standards added to increase overall lighting levels in the park (located along walkways).
- Updates to water service in the park and a new water bottle filler.
December 6, 2018
- The majority of phase 1 was completed
- The paths in the north end of the park were opened for public access
Early May 2019
The following improvements are expected to be complete:
- The central plaza with King Edward VII monument
- The plaza around the Highlander’s Memorial at the north end
- The Hoskin entry plaza will be completed
- Lawn revitalization complete
- Orange fencing removed
The orange fencing in place in the north end of the park is to protect the lawns while a custom-blend grass seed mix gets established. Weather conditions and success of the grass seed will determine when the fence can be removed later this summer.
Work began in December 2018 and is targeted for completion mid-summer 2019.
Fences will be removed when the work is substantially complete, with the exception of the lawn areas undergoing revitalization.
The sidewalk on the south end of the park will be reconstructed. While the sidewalk is under construction, pedestrians should use the sidewalk on the south side of Wellesley Street and avoid walking in the cycling lane.
The approved master plan was completed in 2015 following extensive consultation with stakeholders and the public.
View the presentation made to a public meeting held in January 2015 as part of the public consultation process.