Plans are being made to revitalize the walkways, recreational facilities and playground 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 was planned in two phases with multiple stages per phase.

Phase 1: Upper Plateau

Phase 1 had two stages.

Stage 1

Phase 1, stage 1 is completed and includes:

  • Removal and replacement of eight tennis courts
  • Upgraded pathways, site furnishings, lighting and drinking fountain
  • New stone retaining wall and landscaping

Stage 2

Phase 1, stage 2 is completed and includes:

  • Playground revitalization with senior play structures and tot-lot play area with sandbox and fountain
  • Wading pool enhancement that is now a wading pool/ splash pad hybrid
  • New shade shelter between playground and wading pool
  • Upgraded entryway and pathways with wayfinding signage, historical plaques, site furnishings, drinking fountain, lighting and ping pong tables
  • Two new concrete staircases
  • Upgraded boulder/bollard frontage along Gibson Avenue

Phase 2: Lower Level

Phase 2 has 3 stages.

Stage 1

Phase 2, stage 1 is completed and includes:

  • Upgraded fully fenced in Dogs Off-Leash Area (DOLA) with benches and new drinking fountain with doggy bowl
  • Upgraded Pears Avenue entryway and pathways with site furnishings, lighting and drinking fountain
  • Upgraded Roxborough Street West access staircase

Stage 2

Phase 2, stage 2 is completed and includes:

  • New barrier-free entryway from Yonge Street, across from the Rosedale Subway Station
  • Two new Lookout platforms on Yonge Street. The main Lookout has a poem, about Ramsden Park, written by former Toronto Poet Laureate – George Elliot Clark
  • New extended benches along Yonge Street
  • Enlarged seating and gathering area just west of the Yonge Street entrance, in the main lower level
  • New benches, picnic tables and relocated games table
  • New multi-use sports court including 4 basketball hoops and small skateboard platforms
  • Upgraded pathways, including a new ‘tree friendly’ porous pavement Main Promenade with new lighting and drinking fountains
  • New landscape plantings along the Yonge Street frontage.

Stage 3

Phase 2, stage 3 is upcoming and will include:

  • Hillsboro ramp and stairs
  • Hillsboro plaza, including seating, pathways and planting
  • Rectify ongoing flooding east of Pears Avenue
  • New pathway connecting completed east end of the park with the completed west end of the park

A site plan showing the area and scope of work for phase 2, stage 3. A site plan showing the area and scope of work for phase 2, stage 3.

Hillsboro ramp and stairs, renderings
A graphical rendering of the ramp and stairs
Another rendering of the ramp and stairs

Phase 1: Upper Plateau

Stage 1

  • Start Date: November 2015
  • Completion Date: July 2016

Phase 1, stage 1 is completed.

Stage 2

  • Start Date: April 2016
  • Completion Date: December 2016

Phase 1, stage 2 is completed.

Phase 2: Lower Level

Stage 1

  • Start Date: September 2017
  • Completion Date: December 2017

Phase 2, stage 1 is completed.

Stage 2

  • Start Date: June 2018
  • Completion Date: December 2018

Phase 2, stage 2 is completed.

Stage 3

  • Start Date: July 10, 2019
  • Completion Date: December 2019