Update: Save the date!
Public Open House #2 will be held on February 23, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
See below for more details
Public Open House #1 - November 2, 2016
Reimagining the Gardens
Reimagining the Gardens is an initiative led by Parks, Forestry and Recreation in partnership with the Toronto Botanical Garden
In consultation with the public, stakeholders, other City Divisions and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), we are developing a Masterplan Study which outlines long-term physical, environmental, and program improvements for the gardens, as well as a robust Management Plan to guide implementation and operations for the future.
More importantly, we want to think holistically about the long-term planning for Edwards Gardens (as City parkland), the ravine system, and the Toronto Botanical Garden complex within Edwards Gardens to elevate them to the level of other globally-acclaimed gardens and cultural attractions in an ecologically and fiscally sustainable way.
Study Process & Timeline
Engagement with the public and stakeholders has begun. The first public meeting was held on November 2, 2016. The second public meeting is planned for Update Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This website is your one stop shop for this project so make sure to check back often! We will be posting here regularly with project information and updates, presentation and research materials, What We Heard Reports, details on public consultation event and engagement opportunities.
We want to hear from you!
Throughout the study there will be several opportunities for stakeholder groups and the public to provide input. Our goal for the engagement and development process is to explore and address ways to preserve, enhance and celebrate Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Garden, while retaining the beauty and tranquility of this amazing green space.
Consultation and engagement with stakeholders and the public will take place at each stage of the study. The information and feedback we collect early in the study on issues, needs and opportunities will be used to develop our vision for the future, as well as concept options for development. Later we will test these ideas to see which one’s you prefer.
Please join us at our second public open house.
Date: Thursday February 23, 2017 Update
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Garden Hall, George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticulture, Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
Can’t make it? Not to worry! We’ll be posting all of our presentation materials and our What We Heard Reports on this website for you to download and review at your leisure.
Open houses provide us with the opportunity to discuss the project and our findings with you and to hear your concerns and comments.
You will have the opportunity to view display boards, speak one-to-one with project staff, hear a short presentation and participate in a group discussion.
Previous Consultation Events
Public Open House - November 2, 2016
Our first public open house was held on November 2, 2016 at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Residents and stakeholders from across the city were invited to hear about our initial findings from our site analysis and were given an opportunity to provide us with feedback on current issues in the gardens and opportunities for future development.
One additional public open house is planned for February 2017.
Take Our Survey
The survey is now closed! A new survey will be up in February.
Through this online survey, we hope to identify key issues and opportunities for development at Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Garden. We want to hear your thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the Gardens and your ideas for improvement and new additions across the Gardens, as well as your vision for the future of this important open space.
Send us your Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down Selfies
Show and tell! While you’re strolling through Edwards Gardens or the Toronto Botanical Garden make sure to take a moment to take a #ThumbsUp selfie in you favourite places or doing your favourite activities.
If there are things in the gardens that you don’t like or you think needs improvement, make sure to show us those too by sending us a #ThumbsDown selfie. Post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram but don’t forget to tag us and provide a comment to explain!
For more information about this project and other inquiries, please call 311.