TORONTO — The City of Toronto is conducting a two-stage design competition to select a creative and experienced design team for a new 2,600 square metre park at 229 Richmond St. W.
The site is currently leased to a restaurant and used as an outdoor patio.
The city plans to hire a design team this year, followed by design development in 2023/2024. Detailed design and hiring a construction team are anticipated to take place in 2024, with construction expected to start in 2025 and be completed in 2026. Community engagement has begun and will take place until 2024.
The city is inviting design teams, led by a Landscape Architect, to submit their qualifications for the design and construction of the new park. The competition is structured as a two-stage open process. The application submission deadline is March 16 at 12 p.m.
The site was secured as parkland in 2019 through a transaction involving CreateTO and multiple city divisions. The transaction resulted in the purchase of the site at 229 Richmond St. W. for the future park.
A design and construction budget of $10 million has been secured for this project.
The future park is located between Richmond Street West to the north and Nelson Street to the south. West of the new park is the future site of a highrise residential and commercial development at 241 Richmond St. W. and 133 John St. with construction starting in 2024.
East of the new park are two commercial heritage buildings at 221 Richmond St. W. and 30 Duncan St.
The site was used as a surface parking lot since the early 1980s. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was leased to local restaurants for summer patio use.
The park site is part of the King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District , which is an evolved historic district with a concentration of late-19th and early 20th century residential and commercial buildings, three historic parks and a network of laneways.