Don Valley ReConnects proposes a unique opportunity to transform approximately 40 acres of land currently occupied by a private golf course into public parkland. The name reflects the environmental and social connections that can be achieved through the project including: trail connections, spaces for community gathering, spaces for wildlife habitat and improved links to the surrounding neighbourhood. We hope to connect with you to understand how we can best implement these important initiatives.

The project partners and team are committed to working closely with the local community to meaningfully discuss ideas and opportunities for the parkland so that everyone is able to access and enjoy this space. The community consultation process will clarify the purpose and components of the proposed parkland and foster a dialogue with the community about various exciting site opportunities.

Don Valley ReConnects proposes a unique opportunity to transform approximately 40 acres of land currently occupied by a private golf course into public parkland. The name reflects the environmental and social connections that can be achieved through the project including: trail connections, spaces for community gathering, spaces for wildlife habitat and improved links to the surrounding neighbourhood. We hope to connect with you to understand how we can best implement these important initiatives.

The project partners and team are committed to working closely with the local community to meaningfully discuss ideas and opportunities for the parkland so that everyone is able to access and enjoy this space. The community consultation process will clarify the purpose and components of the proposed parkland and foster a dialogue with the community about various exciting site opportunities.

40 New Acres of Parkland

The parkland has potential to deliver significant environmental and social benefits, including:

  • New convenient and safe public access to the Don Valley and River
  • Completion of the East Don Trail in the preferred riverside location
  • Opportunity for development of the Loop Trail, a key element of Toronto’s Ravine Strategy
  • Improving connections to The Meadoway
  • Supporting a connected ring of regional destinations
Scale of new parkland
Scale of new parkland
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40 New Acres of Parkland

The parkland has potential to deliver significant environmental and social benefits, including:

  • New convenient and safe public access to the Don Valley and River
  • Completion of the East Don Trail in the preferred riverside location
  • Opportunity for development of the Loop Trail, a key element of Toronto’s Ravine Strategy
  • Improving connections to The Meadoway
  • Supporting a connected ring of regional destinations
Scale of new parkland
Scale of new parkland
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Restoring the Landscape

The current use of the land has resulted in a manicured and treated landscape  with diminished natural features, habitats and ecological systems.

Transforming the golf course lands into public parkland will support ecological restoration and enhance environmental health and resiliency.

The golf course land use has also limited the completion of pedestrian and cycling networks along the river. Don Valley ReConnects will complete the missing links in the Don Valley Trail and The Meadoway and give the public easy access to an uninterrupted trail from Lake Ontario to the north end of Toronto.

Restoring the Landscape

The current use of the land has resulted in a manicured and treated landscape  with diminished natural features, habitats and ecological systems.

Transforming the golf course lands into public parkland will support ecological restoration and enhance environmental health and resiliency.

The golf course land use has also limited the completion of pedestrian
and cycling networks along the river. Don Valley ReConnects will complete the missing links in the Don Valley Trail and The Meadoway and give the public easy access to an uninterrupted trail from Lake Ontario to the north end of Toronto.

Indigenous Placekeeping

Through the Don Valley ReConnects project, there is a unique opportunity for partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations to recognize, showcase, and celebrate Indigenous culture and ways of life.

The partners will explore on-site Indigenous-led programming opportunities, spaces for environmental and cultural awareness, and ecological restoration. 

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Indigenous Placekeeping

Through the Don Valley ReConnects project, there is a unique opportunity for partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations to recognize, showcase, and celebrate Indigenous culture and ways of life.

The partners will explore on-site Indigenous-led programming opportunities, spaces for environmental and cultural awareness, and ecological restoration. 

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Rethinking Residential Development

To make the parkland possible, the project partners are proposing to build a residential development on a small portion of the site (less than 5% of the site area).

Four residential buildings are proposed along St. Dennis Drive, within a short walk of the Wynford LRT Station. The residential buildings are proposed to include a range of housing types and sizes, including affordable housing, as well as space for cultural/ecological programming.

The proposed buildings’ architecture is based on a ‘landscape-first’ approach, carefully designed to reflect and respond to the surrounding water and valley landscapes. The building design ensures that the parkland is constantly visible through the buildings to everyone travelling along St. Dennis Drive.

New public pedestrian and cycling networks to and through the development site will also ensure easy access to the parkland.

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Rethinking Residential Development

To make the parkland possible, the project partners are proposing to build a residential development on a small portion of the site (less than 5% of the site area).

Four residential buildings are proposed along St. Dennis Drive, within a short walk of the Wynford LRT Station. The residential buildings are proposed to include a range of housing types and sizes, including affordable housing, as well as space for cultural/ecological programming.

The proposed buildings’ architecture is based on a ‘landscape-first’ approach, carefully designed to reflect and respond to the surrounding water and valley landscapes. The building design ensures that the parkland is constantly visible through the buildings to everyone travelling along St. Dennis Drive.

New public pedestrian and cycling networks to and through the development site will also ensure easy access to the parkland.

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Celebrating Art and Culture

The parkland will tell the story of the Don Valley and highlight the role of nature and Indigenous culture in the city.

Through public art and place-keeping initiatives the project will complement other Don Valley initiatives by creating additional opportunities for public art at various scales. The public consultation process will include opportunities to discuss public art and cultural expression.

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Celebrating Art and Culture

The parkland will tell the story of the Don Valley and highlight the role of nature and Indigenous culture in the city.

Through public art and place-keeping initiatives the project will complement other Don Valley initiatives by creating additional opportunities for public art at various scales. The public consultation process will include opportunities to discuss public art and cultural expression.

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