Plans are being made to revitalize the walkways, recreational facilities and playgrounds of Ramsden Park, one of Toronto’s oldest and largest parks. The revitalization project will address important heritage concerns, increasing park usage, improving recreational facilities, and new tree plantings and landscaping.

Construction is planned in three phases.

Phase 1 is now completed and includes:

  • Dogs off leash area (DOLA)
  • Roxborough entryway, path and steps
  • Area west of tennis courts, north of Pears Ave., south of Roxborough Ave., and east of Avenue Road
  • Upgraded playground and wading pool/splash pad

map showing the pathway access during phase 2 construction at Ramsden Park
A map showing pathway access during phase 2 construction

Phase 2 construction will start June 19, 2018 and will add new and exciting features to Ramsden Park including:

  • Upgraded Hillsboro staircase – ramp and entryway
  • Upgraded Yonge Street entranceways with accessible ramp
  • gathering space seating areas
  • New multi-use court
  • Site furnishings, circular bench around existing tree
  • Main promenade pathway
  • Landscaping with trees and shrubs

Entryways and gathering spaces

The technical details of this image can be described by contacting the project coordinator listed on this page
Ramsden Park concept drawing. The technical details of this image can be described by contacting the project coordinator listed on this page.

Included in the Ramsden Park Phase 2 project is an upgraded north-east corner Yonge Street entryway with accessible ramp. At the bottom of the slope will be an gathering space seating area. The curving seat at the base of the accessible ramp slope will provide plenty of casual seating. The base of an existing tree will have a circular bench that will permit larger gatherings to be seated. In addition, there is a promontory and overlook over the space from the weathered steel wall, where the City Poet Laureate’s poem will be engraved.

More detailed phase 3 timeframes will be provided once construction commencement approaches.

Phase 3 construction is planned for Fall 2018 (subject to change) and will include:

  • Hillsboro ramp and stairs
  • Hillsboro plaza, including seating, pathways and planting

Hillsboro ramp and stairs

A graphical rendering of the ramp and stairs
Another rendering of the ramp and stairs