Osler Playground Revitalization - Online Survey
With more and more people moving into the downtown core, it is critical to ensure that our green spaces function to meet the needs of all park users.
Osler Playground is an important green space in the Ossington neighbourhood, with many local residents who enjoy the park on a daily basis. Many families with young children and dogs share the space, so it is crucial that we ensure the safety of everyone in the park. Over the last few years, Councillor Mike Layton who previously represented the Osler Playground area, had been working with local residents on solutions for a dogs-off-leash area at Osler.
I was pleased to announce that we have been able to identify funding for a full-scale revitalization of Osler Playground, which will include the addition of a dogs-off-leash-area (DOLA), playground upgrades, track improvements and other water feature and park improvements. In addition to these improvements, a unique opportunity with Osler Playground is to collaborate with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), who own a portion of the land where the track is currently situated. Through this partnership, we will be able to transform a portion of the school yard in order to expand the public park, and work with the community to create a new masterplan for this full-scale revitalization.
Late last year in partnership with City Parks staff, we hosted the first Community Visioning Session to start our work together in re-visioning this critical community space. Staff have now also launched an online survey to continue to gather community feedback.