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Humber Bay Parks Project

The mouth of Mimico creek between the Humber Bay Parks looking out into Lake Ontario

Humber Bay Park Revitalization!

New! Architectural Community Resource Group (ACRG) Meeting #2 - July 5, 2017. Learn more.

Humber Bay Park, with its system of trails, rugged shoreline, and dramatic views, is a unique and rare waterfront experience within the larger metropolitan Toronto area offering a place for quiet, natural refuge on Toronto's Waterfront.

On Thursday, September 29th 2016, the Humber Bay Park - Preliminary Master Plan was shared with the public at the Mimico Centennial Library. The meeting was hosted in an Open House format with panels distributed around the room with subject matter experts at each panel. Click on tabs below to reveal more detailed information.

The meeting was well attended with upwards of 125 attendees across two sessions.  The Master Plan was generally well received by the public.  Many people commented that they were pleased with the direction of the plan and the concept of respecting the natural character and habitat of the park with enhancements to create key organizing features such as social gathering spaces, pond improvements and connections between the parks to create a trail loop and integrated park core.  This is consistent with opinions expressed by the Master Plan Community Resource Group at the September 14th 2016 meeting. 

Since the September 2016 public meeting, the City, TRCA and the Consulting Team have working on refinements to the Masterplan based on feedback received following the September 29th meeting.

On February 6, 2017, a Community Resource Group meetings was hosted at the New Toronto Public Library to continue the consultation process relating to the Humber Bay Park Masterplan.  The purpose of the meeting was to provide an update on masterplan refinements to since the September 2016 public meeting with a focus on Humber Bay Park West.  The meeting also sought to gather CRG input on the proposed plan refinements.

The meeting included CRG member sign-in, presentation of project status, a summary of "What we heard" following the September 29th Public Meeting, and an overview of Masterplan Refinements.  The presentation was provided by City Staff, TRCA, DTAH the Masterplan consultants.  The discussion following the presentation was facilitated by Lura Consulting.

Since the Masterplan is being refined in more detail, Staff, TRCA and the consulting team decided to focus the CRG meeting on Humber Bay Park West.  This provided more time to explore the plan refinements in detail and focused discussion points with the CRG membership. 

Three highlights of CRG#4 meeting were:

  1. Plan refinements to the Dogs Off Leas Area including trails, access, parking.
  2. Plan refinements along the Humber Bay Park West Peninsula and Shoreline; including parking, trails and pathways, habitat.
  3. Plan refinements to the West Market Area and Entrance; including parking, trails and pathways, boat launches, market uses and habitat.

The meeting was well attended by CRG Members with approximately 5 non-participating observers. The discussion was generally positive in tone and many great ideas, observations and insights were provided.  To extend outreach to the public, a comment period is being offered for a two week period following this meeting.  The comment period will close on March 10, 2017.

Materials from the meeting, and a meeting and feedback summary are available below for download.

Upcoming Meetings

Architectural Community Resource Group (ACRG) Meeting #2

  • Date: July 5, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Polish Association of Toronto, 2282 Lake Shore Boulevard West

This group will continue to work together with the City towards developing the building project in Humber Bay Park East, in coordination with the ongoing Master Plan project. We're looking forward to an exciting process that will see the development of an ecologically sensitive facility, that is suitable in its form and function for the beautiful park we are adding to, and what that park is planned to grow to become in the future!

Non-participating observers are welcome at this meeting; if you know anyone who is planning to attend who is not part of the ACRG, please ask them to contact Peter.Klambauer@toronto.ca to advise and confirm attendance. This is so that we can anticipate the number of seats we need for the room setup.

Past Meetings

Architectural Community Resource Group (ACRG) Meeting #1

Vision

The vision for the Humber Bay Park Master Plan will be one of greater integration between Humber Park East and West, so that the two park areas maintain their unique character while considering design and program opportunities to complement one another.

Humber Bay Park east entrance meadow artist rendering

Guiding Principles:

Natural and Restful 

Humber Bay Park is a place of natural beauty and respite from the busy city.  The Master Plan should enhance this quality and experience while accommodating the growing number of park users in the area.

Ecology and Habitat

Humber Bay Park is a valuable habitat for plants and animals.  The Master Plan will provide a framework that will enhance the ecological value of the park while improving opportunities for interpretation and appreciation of the park's natural heritage.

A City Park

Humber Bay Park is both a local park for nearby residents and a part of a network of green space along Toronto's Waterfront.  The Master Plan should accommodate a diversity of Park users.

Innovate and Evolve

The potential of Humber Bay Park to meet the needs of its users is not fully realized.  The Master Plan will identify new opportunities and propose innovative ways to provide recreational opportunities while enhancing and protecting the park's natural environment.

Plan for the Future

The Master Plan must be flexible and able to evolve and respond to the needs of the present community and future generations.

Master Plan Objectives:

  • Explore opportunities to expand and enhance habitat for native flora and fauna.
  • Establish a rationalized parking and vehicular circulation plan for the park that meets existing and planned parking requirements, boat launch queuing and circulation needs while reducing the extent of paved surfaces where possible.
  • Provide a sustainable approach to stormwater management and drainage that will benefit the ecology of Humber Bay Park East and West.
  • Create a functional design for the artificial ponds and waterway in Humber Bay Park East that improves their ecological and recreational function while reducing the resources required for maintenance and operation.
  • Establish a hierarchy of pathways and trails through the park that are accessible, safe, and understandable to park users.
  • Provide a plan for the enhancement of park programs and features (e.g. benches, lookouts, waterfront access) that increases recreational opportunities within the park while protecting sensitive habitats.
  • Recommend locations for architectural improvements within Humber Bay Park East and West, including integration within existing buildings.
  • Create a lighting strategy for the park that will ensure public safety while achieving the highest standards of habitat protection and reduction of light pollution and energy efficiency.
  • Identify existing key view-points into and from the park and enhance the shoreline experience to establish special moments, views and lookouts that provide improved visual and physical access to the water.

Humber Bay Park west entrance market artist rendering

Humber Bay Park was created through lake-filling during the 1970s and early 1980s and was opened to the public in 1984. The parkland is owned by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and operated by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation division.

Map of Humber Bay ParksThe park is located in Ward 6 at the mouth of Mimico Creek, south of Park Lawn Road and Marine Parade Drive and is a destination park on Toronto's western waterfront. The park is over 43 hectares in size and is defined by two separate large peninsulas, Humber Bay Park East and Humber Bay Park West, bisected by Mimico Creek. Each park comprise a collection of spaces, with their own character, function, form and sense of place. The park has been loved by the community for several decades, and is now showing signs of wear, tear and deterioration.


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