Since my last update, the Lisgar Park Stewardship Committee has been hard at work animate this central community space and create new programming at the park. I am happy to share that starting on Saturday June 24, 2017 - and running every Saturday until October 28, 2017 - the Lisgar Park Market will transform the park into a vibrant neighbourhood market with artisans and vendors animating the space! If you are interested in participating in the market, please click here or the poster for the application and information page. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.
As you may have noticed, construction on the next phase of Lisgar Park is well underway with the new playground, landscaping, plantings and benches coming along quickly! Major construction works on the park expansion project is anticipated to wrap up this Summer.
On September 26, 2016 I hosted a public meeting with community members and staff from the City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division to discuss the the possibility of establishing an Community Stewardship Group for Lisgar Park and to share with you plans for the next phase of work at the park.
Many of you attended and shared your ideas for how we can improve the park and showed enthusiasm about creating a stewardship group. Following your feedback from the meeting, I will be establishing a Steering Committee to oversee the creation of the Community Stewardship Group.
Staff presented the community with details of the next phase of work at Lisgar park, including designs for the new children's play area and the designs for the expanded park, which will sit along side the historic Canada Post Building.
I will continue to update you as I work with staff to incorporate the feedback and suggestions you provided into the improvements we make at Lisgar Park.
June 16, 2015
Councillor Bailão Statement RE: Arts and Cultural Space at 36 Lisgar Street
"There was a purchase agreement between the City, the developer and TMAC relating to the purchase of arts and cultural space at 36 Lisgar Street. The agreement had a deadline of May 3, 2015.
I have been advised that City staff very carefully reviewed the matter and did not extend the agreement. As a result, the agreement is at an end.
I deny the allegations made against me by TMAC. I have previously consulted with the Integrity Commissioner and am committed to continue to follow her advice.
I am advised by City staff that the City will be vigorously defending the matter. All of the facts will come out in due course.
As a strong supporter of the arts and the arts community, I assure you that I am and will continue to work alongside our local community, City Planning, Arts & Culture Services, and Legal Services to ensure that an arts and cultural space secured in the Section 37 Agreement does take shape.
I will fight to make sure that the space becomes a vibrant place for the arts in the West Queen West neighbourhood.
As a result of the legal proceeding, I am advised by the City's legal department to refrain from commenting further on the matter at this time."
by Craig White (Urban Toronto)
Construction has started to bring a new park to the rapidly transforming Queen West Triangle area. Located south of Queen Street between Lisgar and Abell Streets in Toronto's vibrant West Queen West, the green space and public piazza will provide a new neighbourhood focal point with recreation, relaxation, gathering and event space for the many residents who have moved into the area over the past few years, and who continue to arrive as more condominiums are completed on surrounding properties.
Concept Plan for Lisgar Park, image courtesy of Toronto Parks and Recreation
A comparison between the rendering above and the 2012 Apple Maps image below shows the site where the park will be located, currently made up of an underused green space, a Green P Parking lot, and the former site of an early 1900s warehouse now used to store construction equipment.
Aerial view over the Lisgar Park site from 2012, image from Apple Maps
Two condominium projects surrounding the park have been added since the Apple Maps image was created, and can be seen in the panoramic image below. Edge on Triangle Park (completing later this year) is the double-towered project which can be seen behind the green space, while Epic on Triangle Park (completing next year) can be seen behind the fenced off construction storage site at right.
While the Green P parking lot will be relocated to a sheltered location in Epic, Edge will feature the Toronto Media Arts Centre, or TMAC, with front doors directly accessing the new park. The new home for six arts organizations, TMAC represents nearly $10 million worth of 'Section 37' public benefits from Edge and Epic developers Urbancorp and Plaza and will provide exhibition spaces, production facilities, workshops, media archives, and a cinema.
Along with the recently opened Theatre Centre across the street, and the upcoming Workman Arts Theatre at CAMH down the block, TMAC will help cement the area as one of the premier arts hubs in Canada. The nearby Artscape Youngplace and a myriad of galleries, bars, restaurants, and the famous Gladstone and Drake Hotels along Queen and adjacent streets already make this area a major cultural node.
The site and its growing surroundings, image by Craig White
Currently known by the working title "Lisgar Park", local ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailão is asking community members to suggestions for the permanent name via her website. It was Bailão who officially broke ground on May 24 along with representatives of the local arts organizations, community members who participated in the extensive consultations regarding the park, and Active 18, a community group dedicated to ensuring that good urban planning choices are made in their ward.
Groundbreaking for the new park with Councillor Bailão, stakeholders and community members, image by Craig White
The design for the park was worked up by Victor Ford & Associates Inc. in collaboration with Oleson Worland Architects (known for their design of the well-loved Village of Yorkdale Park and Brick Works Park among others) to reflect the creative spirit of the neighbourhood through the incorporation of the community's early industrial heritage with its present artistic and innovative culture.
Amenities will include canopy trees, plenty of sculptural seating and planting areas, and a grid of ‘art poles.’ The poles will be fabricated primarily from structural timbers, salvaged from a recently demolished industrial building adjacent to the park site. The poles will provide park lighting, incorporating event power and cabling for a range of events. Landscaped islands will be surrounded by seating and provide a shady play area for children.
View through the park's market area, image courtesy of Toronto Parks and Recreation
[Originally posted on June 11, 2014 4:55 pm | by Craig White on UrbanToronto.ca]
Park will feature café-style seating, lighting mounted on art poles, timber columns and more
In the shadow of construction cranes and newly erected condos, shovels broke ground on May 24 for a construction project of a different kind.
Just south of Queen Street West on Lisgar Street, Councillor Ana Bailao (Ward 18 – Davenport), hosted a ground breaking for a new arts oriented park on Saturday, May 24.
“Yes we have condos going up, but we also have a neighbourhood being born, Bailao said. “A place where people can live, work and play.”
Yet to be named, this park will feature café-style seating with a garden area, a grove area with shade trees, and lighting mounted on art poles and timber columns. It was designed, with much community consultation, to be a venue for arts events and displays.
“A lot of people have immense pride in what is going on here,” Bailao said.
This park, Bailao said, is the result of hard work by the City, the community, residents’ group Active 18, The Theatre Centre and members of the Toronto Media Arts Centre.
The new park is located adjacent to the Toronto Media Arts Centre, a soon to be 38,000 square foot hub being built into the bottom floors of The Edge condo development. It will be home to a number of renowned photo and media galleries, film, video and animation production and training organizations, and film and video festival operations.
It is also next door to The Theatre Centre, which recently opened its new facility in the former Carnegie Library at 1115 Queen Street.
“We went through a long process of park design and I think we are going to come out with something good,” said Charles Campbell, with Active 18.
Construction is slated to begin in July in the parcel of land directly behind the Canada Post office on Queen Street West, but in the future the park will be expanded to take over the current Green P lot next to the post office, which will provide access from Queen Street.
Councillor Bailao invited members of the community to make suggestions through her website as to what the park will be named.
Story originally posted on insidetoronto.com and will appear in the Parkdale Villager community newspaper
City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
May 23, 2013
City of Toronto to host groundbreaking for Lisgar Park
The City of Toronto and Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport) will join members of the community to celebrate the start of construction for Lisgar Park with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Date: Saturday, May 24
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Lisgar Park, 90 Lisgar St. (south of Queen St. W., east of Dufferin St.)
The new park will feature, café-style seating with a garden area, a grove area with shade trees, and lighting mounted on art poles and timber columns.
The park will be a venue for arts events and displays. Local neighbourhood creative talent will be featured along with talented artists from Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs.
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New Park: Lisgar Park
As part of an agreement with new planning initiatives on Queen Street West, a new public park is coming to the area. Currently called Lisgar Park, this new green space will be a hub for arts, culture and community events for the area.
To ensure that community interests are incorporated into the park design, a Working Group has been created with residents, local business owners, community organizations and City Staff to develop plans for the park.
At the second public meeting on the park design process, residents, business owners, City staff and park designers met to discuss three potential park designs, each offering different opportunities for public use and artistic programming.
Members present then had the opportunity to break into groups and discuss what design characteristics were favoured, and which raised concerns. This information has been taken by by park designers to create new models which preserve these favoured items and modify the less favourable characteristics.
While each park design offered different benefits, all residents believed in the need for ample seating areas, thorough tree and green space planting, and designs which broadly favour social gathering a community connection.
Due to the artistic and cultural nature of the Queen street area surrounding the new park location, a central interest in the creation of this park is to provide opportunities of exhibiting artistic presentations within the park.
The next public meeting will present a park design or designs which merge together the many suggestions of residents from the previous meetings. Residents will then have the opportunity to influence these new designs as the process comes nearer to achieving a final design for the park.