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Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization

Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan Phillips Square is where Torontonians gather, share memories and welcome the world. It is a place where people come together in the spirit of openness, community and democracy.

The City of Toronto is proud to reinvigorate its greatest public space, Nathan Phillips Square, and reintroduce it as a more functional and environmentally sustainable meeting place for future generations.

In 2014, the people of Toronto will reopen a revitalized Nathan Phillips Square. Toronto’s centre for local government and celebration will once again ignite applause, and inspire as it did, over 45 years ago when it was first opened.

Find Out What's There at Nathan Philips Square?

What's Happening

From 2010 to 2014, the City of Toronto will reinvigorate Nathan Phillips Square to restore its beauty and dignity, preserve and enhance its unique heritage qualities and reintroduce it as a more functional and environmentally sustainable public meeting place.

About Nathan Phillips Square

Artist's rendering of people in the revitalized northwest quadrant of Nathan Phillips Square

A Place for People

Nathan Phillips Square is a vibrant, active space in the heart of the city. Every year, over 1.5 million visitors attend a variety of community and special events hosted on the Square.

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Background

Background information on Nathan Phillips Square, when it opened, why some of its key features need special attention and why it needs upgrades.

City Hall Podium Green Roof

Awards

A list of awards won by various components of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization project.

News Highlights

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Sir Winston Churchill statue wrapped up and ready to be relocated to another part of Nathan Phillips Square

Construction Schedule and Phasing

Phase 3 construction on the Queen Street Forecourt officially began in October with the relocation of the Sir Winston Churchill statue. Read about the rest of the work that will be done during this phase of the revitalization.

Green Square

Close up of Green Podium Roof and one of the benches available for seating.

Going Green: From concrete roof to public garden

The City Hall podium roof, where visiting dignitaries were once welcomed to this great city, was revived and re-introduced as the new Podium Green Roof - Toronto’s largest publicly accessible green roof.

artist's rendering of the new Square from above

Modernizing Nathan Phillips Square

Modernizing the Square will reflect Toronto’s commitment to excellent design and liveability by respecting and restoring the beauty of Viljo Revell’s original, award-winning vision.

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Revitalizing Nathan Phillips Square

Revitalizing Nathan Phillips Square is a priority for the City in its efforts to beautify and restore its public spaces and make Toronto a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful city.

Artist's rendering of people in the revitalized northwest quadrant of Nathan Phillips Square

Urban Forest and Sustainable Square

Soon Torontonians will be able to celebrate, gather, be heard, and live green in the heart of a city that strives to be one of the greenest on the planet. The revitalized Square will featured an increase in the number of trees on the Square to create an urban forest in the middle of downtown Toronto.