The Revitalization Of David Crombie Park In Toronto’s St. Lawrence Neighbourhood

City Living, Design, Landscape, St. Lawrence Market

Welcome to my blog on housing, culture and design in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Although many people will rank a city based on how many ‘world class’ experiences they can have, whether that be with respect to the arts (like a museum, symphony, theatre), the food (how many Michelin’s stars, do you say?), sports (baseball and basketball! really!) or transportation (yes, there is an efficient train from the airport to the downtown core) if there’s one aspect about a city that I’m going to notice and judge, it’s how interconnected the city is to its green spaces, and how engaged the locals are with it.

Fortunately, Toronto has its fair share of parks. In fact, our city of neighbourhoods has an eclectic assortment of parks. Some are spaces for contemplation or laying out a blanket to read or enjoy a picnic. Others have playgrounds, dedicated recreational uses, and facilities. Each of them is unique, but they all offer the opportunity to take a moment to stop, be still and BREATHE.

Toronto has some destination parks – such as High Park for the ritual of welcoming the cherry blossoms in Spring or spending a summer evening at the High Park Amphitheatre to attend Dream In High Park, Canada’s longest-running outdoor professional theatres events – as well as – The Village Of Yorkville Park, an award-winning design by Architects Oleson Worland of Toronto, and Schwartz Meyer of San Francisco featuring 10 different gardens that represent the diversity of the Canadian landscape includes coniferous and deciduous forests, a meadow, a marsh, wetland, a fruit grove, and a 650-ton granite rock taken from a farm in Muskoka. It also features a dreamy rain curtain and fountain in the summer. It’s truly ‘Landscape Art’ and, well, a destination!

Toronto parks have their own life cycles, just like cities and neighbourhoods and people. For example, over the decades I’ve watched Trinity Bellwoods Park evolve from a dangerous place to venture at night into a beloved community park actively used throughout the seasons. In fact, in the early days of the pandemic, this park hits the news because “10,000 people flocked to the park to the dismay of everyone who wasn’t present” prompting the city to paint rings on the grass to demarcate the appropriate physical distancing requirements. Now that Covid is on hiatus (is it really gone?), it’s a great place to spend an afternoon. Check out my post –> Picnicking In Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park.

A lot of city parks – with their ordered sequence of playgrounds, fields and flowerbeds – appear plain, perfunctory and uneventful at first glance, especially when compared to the destination parks. I suspect it’s because – for many years – the City of Toronto focused on the function and utility of a park serving as an outlet for recreation, exhausting your children, or getting some sun on your face, which can be a priority in urban locations where mid-density living may not have much in the way of personal outdoor space. However, there’s been a shift in awareness that has been refocusing landscape design in park spaces as an opportunity to create natural ecosystems to support flora and fauna, birdsong and butterflies and all the resulting environmental and experiential benefits.

Which is the perfect segue to share David Crombie Park is getting a major makeover – beginning this summer!

The Revitalization Design was “prepared using a Parks Without Borders approach in collaboration with City of Toronto Transportation Services. It includes both the park and the adjacent right-of-ways in a comprehensive and integrated design. This includes the well-used promenade along The Esplanade and the bisecting and framing local streets around the park.” (Toronto.ca)

 

 

The main goal of this project is to improve the fabric of the community by encouraging congregation and recreation, improving land use, and providing access to features and facilities that cater to a more diverse population with a wide range of lifestyle wishes and needs. The entire process was overseen by a variety of consultants to ensure the resulting network of green space is not only appealing and usable but also safe; the final concepts for each park block were curated with an eye to the principles of sustainability and environmental design, as well as crime prevention.

I love that they’re keeping the fenced-off-leash dog park (seen below) and that it will have more trees, plantings, and seating than before! After all, it’s one of the very few off-leash parks in the downtown core!

 

 

Improvements include more seating throughout; better lighting and sight-lines; more trees and plantings; a fitness circuit with equipment stations; an upgraded off-leash area for dogs (with irrigation solutions!!); traditional and non-traditional play elements that include water features and splash pads, sports courts and fields, wave/dune structure, and fenced playground equipment; a promenade; a plaza with flexible seating; pavilions; art installations… and more!

 

 

To limit infrastructure disruption, the park will be undergoing construction and revitalization in blocks. The final report and implementation plan – representing years of research, public inquiry and coordination – was released in May of 2022, and includes renderings and inspiration images alongside a thorough breakdown of technical details. You can view it here!

This green space is going to be even more beautiful – and more usable! – when the revitalization is complete! Can’t wait!

 

(*The above images are courtesy of the Revitalization Design Report. All rights belong to the City of Toronto.)

 


 

Whether you have an hour or an afternoon, spending time in your neighbourhood park – or exploring new parks – is a great way to get some fresh air, soak up some much-needed Vitamin D, and even engage with your community. David Crombie Park is just couple blocks from our listing at Kings Court Condominium (and will be the closest dog park for the lucky new owners!). May we present:

A Royal Suite At King’s Court Condominium, Steps To Toronto’s Beloved St. Lawrence MarketNOW SOLD!!

 

 

Would you like a private tour of this royal suite in King’s Court?

Contact james@urbaneer.com!

 


 

How many of these other 34 amazing Toronto parks located near properties we’ve promoted for sale or rent have you visited?

See You At Cedarvale Park!

Getting Back To Nature On The Don River

Our Favourite Off-Leash Dog Parks In Toronto

Creativity & Ingenuity Intersect At Underpass Park In Corktown

Walking The Wonderful Williamson Park Ravine In The Upper Beach

Carefree At Cassels Park In The Upper Beach

Meet Me At Monarch Park

Rennie Park: A Vital Lockdown Playground!

We Adore Kew Gardens In The Beaches

East Lynn Park: The Heart Of A Community

We Love Dufferin Grove Park 

We Love Sorauren Park In Roncesvalles Village

Explore Expansive Sherwood Park In Midtown Toronto

Let’s Play At Riverdale Park East In Toronto

A Lotta Love For Toronto’s High Park

Splashing It Up At Berczy Park’s Dog Fountain

Toronto’s Terrific Trinity Bellwoods Park

Bucolic Bramber Woods Park

Carefree At Christie Pits Park

Bickford Park: An Oasis Of Green

Let’s Catch Up At Earlscourt Park!

A Gold Star For Toronto’s Green Line Linear Park

Wonderlust In Withrow Park

Stephenson Park Near Main And Danforth

Lots To Love At Lytton Park

A Pocket Full Of Sunshine: Phin Avenue Parkette

Symphony Of The Senses At Harbourfront’s Toronto Music Garden

We Adore Kew Gardens In The Beaches

Thanks For Coleman Park At Main And Danforth

Much Love For McCormick Park

We Love Dufferin Grove Park

Barking Good Time At Baird Park

Sally Bird Park

Strolling Massey Harris Park & Stanley Park On King West In Toronto

Ski The Slopes At Earl Bales Park Near Bathurst & Lawrence

 


 

Thanks for reading!

 

– Steve & The Urbaneer Team

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The Urbaneer Team

Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
& The Innovative Urbaneer Team
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