When you think about Toronto’s downtown core, condos, condos and more condos come to mind, but the Mayor wants to shake that up.
John Tory has announced a plan to protect over 21 acres of land downtown, with the hopes of using it in the near future as parkland, specifically Rail Deck Park.
The ideas is to cover the rail corridor between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way, by The Rogers Centre.
“I believe that creating a new downtown park is the best thing we can do for future generations. Not just any park…but a signature park. A big park. A bold park that is going to take otherwise un-utilized area of the city and make sure that we now turn it into something that we need and that we should have.” – Mayor John Tory.
It’s estimated the population of the downtown area will nearly double by 2041, to roughly 427, 000 people.
In order to protect the rail corridor, the City will have to ensure the area is developed for public use only as well as secure the air rights.
A staff report on Rail Deck Park is expected to be presented to the Executive Committee next month.
No cost estimate is available just yet, but it’s expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
“Great cities have great parks. As Toronto grows, we need to take bold action to create public space and make sure we build a city that makes future generations proud. This is our last chance to secure a piece of land that could transform the way we experience our city.”- Mayor John Tory
“More and more families are choosing to call downtown home, and they need somewhere to play with their kids, enjoy the outdoors and relax with friends. Turning this underutilized part of our city into a beautiful and sustainable public space is truly a win-win, and will complement the transformative work being done with The Bentway and Fort York.” – Councillor Joe Cressy, Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina