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What should the new Dufferin Street park look like?

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 6, 2014

toronto dufferin parkDufferin Street is getting a new park, but the city is still deciding what it will look like. At the latest meeting of the Toronto Design Review Panel, a group of industry architects, urban designers, and engineers who provide advice to city staff on matters of aesthetics, there was little consensus about what the small green space northeast of the underpass should look like.

The scrubby patch of former industrial land at the southeast corner of Dufferin and Peel, which last saw use as a staging area during construction of the new rail underpass, could link directly to an extended West Toronto Railpath and provide a useful counterpoint to the Dufferin Amphitheatre, located on the other side of the tracks.

toronto dufferin parkSo far, landscape architects have produced three rough "vignettes" for the unnamed park, which are pictured above.

The panel didn't like the idea of building a shield against Dufferin traffic noise (one of the ideas,) nor did they like the idea of a landscaped roof, because it would make the park feel like a "privatized zone." The concept that appeared to win the most approval imagined a series of landscaped slopes at the north end of the park.

The Carnaby Condos, the new building on the eastern edge of the rectangular lot, which may be under construction without site plan approval, is also an important part of the puzzle, the panel says. During discussions, the group decided the ground floor part of the building that faces the park should be a coffee shop or public art space.

What do you think the new park should include?

toronto dufferin peel park

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.



skube / July 6, 2014 at 07:44 am
I guess trees are out of the question?
steve replying to a comment from skube / July 6, 2014 at 09:02 am
I see trees in the "vignettes".
Don / July 6, 2014 at 09:30 am
Should just be a small simple parkette, or an area dog park.
This park is very close to the train tracks that will have increased train traffic on it once the airport link is completed. Not the ideal location, you wanna take your dog there to soil on the ground, go ahead.
W. K. Lis / July 6, 2014 at 10:17 am
Washroom facilities for dogs. I guess the port-a-potty is for humans to use.
Drew / July 6, 2014 at 10:44 am
There are lots of playgrounds and parks in the area already but few dog parks. SO many dog owners end up using school parks are childrens parks as off leash area's which they are not. Dog parks need to be designated as the fecal matter is toxic in large amounts and city workers need to be available to clean and maintain. Keep dogs out of our playgrounds. Sure many think what harm is my little fluffy going to do, when times that X +50-100 visits a day. Would you like that many dogs turning your front lawn into their toilet whether they clean it up or not.

Stoop and scoop or snap and shame

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A / July 6, 2014 at 11:01 am
The Pawnee Commons
Albin / July 6, 2014 at 11:29 am
Google Maps tells me there are off-leash dog parks at High Park and Stanley, both within ten minutes walk of this place. What are people supposed to do on all that lawn - one has a "lookout" I suppose so specatators can gawk at pretty hipsters tanning on their beach towels? (There seem to be plenty of other lawns for that at parks nearby.) I'd suggest an up to date fitness circuit along these lines:

Not enough of these in Toronto.
Mick replying to a comment from Albin / July 6, 2014 at 11:59 am
Both of those off leash parks are more than a 10 minute walk away. Especially High Park, and I don't need Google to tell me that. Doesn't mean I'm advocating for one here though.
Amy / July 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Sure If you don't mind working out in the train exhaust an run off from the tracks.

BUT if you're using the 10 minute logic, there's already a fitness park/course between dundas and college on Roxton Rd.
Frank / July 6, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Condo dwellers with dogs need a place to let them run. WIth new Condos in at Dufferin and Queen + Queen and Gladstone and others in the surrounding area a DOG PARK is what's needed.
Steven / July 6, 2014 at 01:46 pm
Ban dogs, problem solved.
Kelly replying to a comment from Frank / July 6, 2014 at 01:50 pm
I live in this neighbourhood and there are next to no parks or green spaces available. It's nothing but concrete (unless you count the weedy lot at Lisgar and Queen that's slated to become a grass free "art park".

Ive never understood why people with dogs move into this condo jungle where there aren't already parks (dog or otherwise) in place. I feel sorry for them, the best they have to pee on is a hydro pole.

W. K. Lis / July 6, 2014 at 03:38 pm
Exhibition Place used to be Exhibition Park.
Ray replying to a comment from Kelly / July 6, 2014 at 03:40 pm
I live in this area as well and there are lots of parks. Walk 60seconds north of this proposed site, and there is a school with a soccer field playground, walk 5 seconds west and you'll get to McCormick Park on Brock.

Go straight up Dufferin, 5-10 mins and you'll be in Dufferin Grove park. There's a park on Argyle at Ossington. Between all of the schools and parks in the area there is lots of green space.
Aaron / July 6, 2014 at 07:06 pm
Dog pooing on a soccer filed playground is wrong.
No Dogs / July 6, 2014 at 09:56 pm
Get the Design Review Panel out of these kind of decision. Out of touch urban designers supporting out of touch urban designers. Grass and trees it isn't rocket science. (and no dogs!)
Only Dogs / July 6, 2014 at 10:25 pm
I'm not sure where everyone thinks people are supposed to walk their dogs in the city, but apparently it's "anywhere but where I live"

Ban homeless people - they're icky.
Ban children - they're too loud
Ban Hipsters - they're too... everything.
Ban all of the closed minded selfish Torontonians who seem to think city parks are for them and them alone.
Amy replying to a comment from Only Dogs / July 7, 2014 at 04:14 pm
City parks are for all of us to enjoy. So please respect the signs and have your dog on a leash at all times and pick up after them and we won't have a problem.

Once you start breaking the rules and think ohh my little fluffy is OK to be off the leash you've gone too far. City parks are not off leash areas. Set an example and be a good dog owner.
Only Dogs / July 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm
I am a good dog owner. I let my dog off leash in a designated off leash area only. I also pick up after her, so please don't paint all dog owners with the same brush.

It would appear the issue in this city is a lack of designated off leash areas in urban parks - provide us with an appropriate area to take our dogs, but don't pretend we don't exist and suggest banning them.

Dogs (and their owners) are in city parks all over the city everyday. Multiple times of day. In ALL types of weather. We are belong there just as much as anybody else.
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