In 2020 and 2021 the City hosted two public consultations and two stakeholder meetings on the redesign of the George Hislop and Norman Jewison Parks and Alexander Street Parkette. (See the Yonge Street Linear Park Improvements page at Toronto.ca for background.)
Revitalizations of George Hislop and Norman Jewison Parks had been scheduled to start in late 2022; however there have been delays with the projects and construction is now expected to start in 2023. Alexander Street Parkette's improvements were originally planned for 2023, as they must be coordinated with a garage roof replacement project for 25 Maitland's underground parking.
Alexander St. Parkette
The parking garage roof work will entail removing all of the landscaping above it. The City is now in discussion with the property manager of 25 Maitland Street (The Cosmopolitan) 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, below.
A larger image of the above Alexander Street Parkette plan is here.
George Hislop Park and Norman Jewison 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 2023.
A larger image of the George Hislop Park plan is here (after opening, click the image for maximum size).
A larger image of the Norman Jewison Park plan is here (after opening, click the image for maximum size).
Barbara Hall Park and the Wellesley Green P Lot
Although Barbara Hall Park was rebuilt in 2014, ongoing issues with the usage of the park have led to an initiative to rethink its design; community consultations are likely to commence in late 2022.
Looking further forward, the Green P parking lot that sits across from the Wellesley subway station has been promised, in Toronto's Official City Plan, as parkland for many years.
In the recently released, "TOCore Implementation Strategy: Downtown Parks and Public Realm Plan," 15 Wellesley East is listed as one of the “New Parks Secured through Development and Acquisitions.”
The City has not yet determined if the entire lot will go to parkland or if some will be allocated to affordable housing.
Improvements to existing parks and the addition of more green space will be a welcome change to our rapidly densifying neighbourhood.