The Midtown Parks and Public Realm Plan (PPR Plan) sets out a comprehensive vision for an expanded, connected and improved parks and public realm system across Midtown. In July 2018, City Council directed staff to advance a set of Implementation Strategies based on the plans and assessments completed to inform the recommended Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan. The Parks and Public Realm Implementation Strategy will establish the scope, cost, timing, and coordination of improvement projects and expansions to the parks and public realm network.

The parkland component of the Implementation Strategy is focused on two principles: Growing Midtown Parks and Improving Midtown Parks. The strategy will include near, medium and long term priorities, and will be accompanied by a funding strategy. Growing Midtown Parks will outline priority locations for expanding existing parks and creating new parks through City-initiated acquisitions and development-related parkland dedication. Improving Midtown Parks will include priority projects for improving the function, condition, quality and amenities of Midtown’s parks.

See below for information on ongoing park improvement and new parks and recreation projects in the Midtown area:

Interactive Mapping Activity

From August 4 to September 14, 2021, Parks, Forestry and Recreation collected public input through an online interactive mapping activity to help identify opportunities and confirm priorities for park improvements. The consultation asked for feedback on how the public uses existing Midtown parks, areas of concerns, and ideas to make the parks more enjoyable and welcoming. The comments are currently being analyzed as part of the Ready, Set, Midtown study. View comments received as part of the consultation.

New Parkette at 174-180 Broadway Avenue

The City is building a new municipal parkette at 174-180 Broadway Avenue, near Mount Pleasant Road and Broadway Avenue. The parkette design will be developed in consultation with the community. Budget, site limitations and operational requirements will also be considered throughout the design development process. Learn more about this project.

Hillsdale Avenue Park Expansion & Redesign

As part of a new residential development, a new park is being designed on Yonge Street, south of Soudan and north of Hillsdale Avenue. The City is working on the design and construction of the new park, which will include seating areas, horticulture and native plantings, and other passive park elements.

The park concept will be developed through consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community. Learn more about this project.

Davisville Community & Aquatic Centre

The City is planning to build a new aquatic and multi-use community centre on the Davisville Junior Public and Spectrum Alternative Senior School site. The facility will include two indoor swimming pools and several multi-purpose rooms to serve various community needs. Learn more about this project.

Eglinton Park Master Plan

A Master Planning exercise was recently completed at Eglinton Park, working with a consultant, internal stakeholders, user groups and the public. The City will soon begin implementation of the Master Plan. See the preferred concept plan and find out more about the process.

The PPR Plan identifies 11 Public Realm Moves to be implemented by setting priorities, incorporating phasing strategies, reviewing available funding and resources, incorporating community needs and input and coordinating timing of major reconstruction of streets and other transportation and servicing upgrades needed to support growth.

Achieving design excellence is a key objective for parks and public realm in the Midtown neighbourhood. Incorporating new sustainable strategies, maximizing tree growth life span, creating flexible and integrated open spaces, and designing “Parks Without Borders” will establish a high design standard and create a complete community.

The Eglinton Green Line is one of the Public Realm Moves showcased in the Midtown Parks and Public Realm Plan. It will provide a linear and landscaped promenade connecting eight blocks along Eglinton Avenue, from Eglinton Park to the upcoming Mount Pleasant Station. The Eglinton Green Line Landscape and Public Realm Standards received positive feedback at the Design Review Panel in February 2020, and was adopted by City Council in July 2021.

An image showing a map and a list of the eleven Midtown Public Realm Moves. The Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant Arboretum are highlighted as being advanced by Transportation Services, and the remaining nine will be led by City Planning.

 

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