Progress on the improvements to Dufferin Grove Park's Northwest corner have been steady, with a lot of input from the community. Through extensive community consultations dating back to 2016, what began as a 'state of good repair' project evolved into one which addresses not only safety and accessibility, but sustainability and usability of the area.
One of the major renovations is to replace the rink slab and refrigeration equipment, which was originally installed in 1993 and is prone to failure. The new equipment will make the facility more reliable so the community can enjoy this rink throughout the winter season and for years to come. In addition, the renovations will create larger and fully accessible gardening beds, a more functional kitchen, a green roof with a pollinator focus for the Zamboni shed, additional basketball nets, a larger multi-purpose room with a gas fireplace, more bike parking and improved skate storage.
Due to COVID-19, the construction procurement process and tender was extended. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2020 with completion in spring 2022. The ice rink is anticipated to reopen in November 2021.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this process. With nearly 300 hours of volunteer time and hundreds of residents participating, it is clear that Dufferin Grove is one of the most beloved parks in Toronto. If you want learn more about this project or get involved, you can do so at: toronto.ca/DufferinGroveRevitalization.