Progress Update

George Hislop Park and Norman Jewison Park

The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) has agreed to allow two exits to the TPA lot adjacent to Norman Jewison Park.

Indigenous artist Catherine Tammaro is preparing beautiful Indigenous place-keeping graphic elements in Norman Jewison Park, to be integrated with the corten steel arches facing the walkway.

The dog relief area in Norman Jewison park has been developed with a low stone wall water feature that will provide a drinking trough for dogs at the base (water will be activated by the dog owners) and an attractive feature for all park users. This is an artful reinterpretation of Barney's Fountain.

Parks Staff are coordinating with Transportation Services to add a bump-out on Isabella St., similar to the one that was added for James Canning Gardens, to make crossing easier between Hislop and Jewison Parks.

Staff are preparing construction documents for tender for both parks. The schedule has been impacted somewhat by Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) approvals for construction over the Yonge Street tunnel and approvals were slowed down by disruption to the TTC by the cyberattack.

The anticipated schedule for these two parks is currently as follows:

  • Issue for Tender – April 2022
  • Contract Award – September 2022
  • Construction Begins – Fall 2022
  • Construction Complete – Fall 2023

 

Alexander St. Parkette

The project schedule has been impacted by a garage roof replacement that is required for 25 Maitland parking, located beneath the park. This roof work will entail removing all of the park landscape on top. The City is now in discussion with the property manager for MTCC No. 755 to coordinate the timing of their repair work with the park improvements. The goal is that both projects would be completed sequentially during the outdoor construction season of 2023. This schedule needs to be confirmed with both parties. The City will be implementing the park plan developed through consultation.

 

Rendered Plans at 60% Design Development – The final concept plans are attached below. Please note these have continued to evolve during design development and construction document preparation. For example, in George Hislop Park, the tables and chairs/picnic area is now at the north end of the playground, and the south entrance has moved to preserve a large existing oak tree. But the layout and features remain.

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