wilcocks common toronto

Toronto is getting a gorgeous new pedestrian mall

Toronto's inventory of pedestrian spaces is about to get a lot more beautiful. Plans for the revitalization of Wilcocks Street were recently revealed by U of T at an open house, and the designs from DTAH Architects look auspicious. Improvements include a new tree canopy, social gathering spaces, a basketball court and a complete revamp of the current landscaping.

wilcocks common toronto

The city first experimented with making Wilcocks a pedestrian-only zone, between Huron and St. George streets, back in 2010 on a pilot basis. Upon conclusion, it permanently closed the street to traffic. Since then, the closure has retained a haphazard look with oversized planters to block cars and some patio furniture to capitalize on the space.

wilcocks common toronto

Now it will get the full design treatment it deserves. The plans are in their early stages, but in addition to the beautification, it's possible that the section of Wilcocks between Huron and Spadina will also be closed to traffic. At a minimum, it will be converted into a shared street with a heavy focus on the pedestrian realm.

wilcocks common toronto

The idea is to promote Wilcocks as a gathering place on campus with infrastructure designed to encourage people to dwell there. Hence, the plentiful benches, grassy areas, tree canopy and half court. The street surface will also be raised so that it blends in with the areas immediately surrounding it; it'll no longer look like a vehicular roadway.

wilcocks common toronto

If there's bad news in any of this, it's merely that it's going to take some time to finalize the plans and begin construction. There's no estimated date of completion at the is time, but the project looks very exciting.

Images via U of T and DTAH Architects.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Cyclists in Toronto annoyed with people dangerously moving planters into bike lanes

Ontario might not actually leave Step 3 next week as planned

Legal complaint launched against Marineland after viral video showing depressed orca

Bystanders wrangled into violent brawl that broke out on TTC subway

Toronto hair salon bans customers from even talking about vaccinations

Here are all the things in Ontario that are actually considered stunt driving

Dashcam video shows bad driver causing huge crash on Toronto's Highway 401

This is why there are new bumps in the middle of some major Toronto intersections