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 is almost complete. The first two public meetings were held on November 2, 2016 and February 23, 2017. Another one is planned for June 2017. See details below.
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 have been several opportunities for stakeholder groups and the public to provide input. Our goal for the engagement and development process has been 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 has taken place at each stage of the study. Your contributions have provided us with invaluable insights and ideas that have blossomed into a vision and draft concept that will lead the development and management of the Gardens in the future. In our final stage of consultation, we would like to test this concept with you before moving forward.
The information and feedback you’ve provided us with on issues, needs and opportunities has been used to develop our vision for the future, as well as potential concept options for development. In our last round of consultation and engagement we will present this draft concept with you to gather final feedback for inclusion.
Since September 2016, we’ve been working with many different people, groups and experts to explore and address ways to preserve, enhance and celebrate Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Garden. Your contributions have provided us with valuable insights and ideas that have blossomed into a vision and draft concept that will lead the development and management of the Gardens in the future.
Public Open House #3 - June 7, 2017
We presented the draft concept and heard comments from the public at our final open house on June 7, 2017. Please take a few moments to review the presentation and provide us with your comments. Through this survey, we hope to gather further feedback from you on our draft plans.
Public Open House # 2 - February 23, 2017
Our well-attended second public open house was held on February 23, 2017 at the Toronto Botanical Garden. This meeting included a presentation from the consultant showing the bold moves and key differences between the concepts followed by facilitated table discussions with the participants. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Public Open House # 1 - 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.
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.