Revitalizations of George Hislop and Norman Jewison Parks will be forthcoming in 2022; however, Alexander Street Parkette improvements will be phased in.
In 2020 and 2021 the City hosted two public consultations and two stakeholder meetings on the redesign of the three parks.
The detail design stage of work for George Hislop Park and Norman Jewison Park has now been completed and the consultant is preparing construction documents for tender.
Among the improvements, George Hislop Park will feature an LGBTQ2S+ art installation; artist Catherine Tammaro has been engaged to create Indigenous placemaking elements in Norman Jewison Park.
The anticipated schedule for these two parks is a construction start in summer of 2022, with completion by late 2022 or early 2023.
Alexander Street Parkette improvements will likely be phased in because the underground garage roof for 25 Maitland Street, which sits below the parkette, is scheduled for renovation a few years from now. City staff anticipate that interim improvements can still be made to the parkette in 2022, including new benches and lighting, some new paving, pruning and clean-up of plantings to open site lines for safety, and a new asphalt path leading through the park toward the north west corner at Sky Gilbert Lane.
The parkette would be closed during the underground garage work; once that is completed, the parkette will be fully renovated according to the design determined through the 2020/21 consultations.