Etobicoke York

Humber Bay Parks Project

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

Humber Bay Park Revitalization!

New! Online Survey Results Summary (PDF)

Architectural Community Resource Group (ACRG) Meeting #3 - August 30, 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.

A Master Plan for Humber Bay Park was launched in January 2016 to

  • guide future park revitalization,
  • establish priorities and
  • inform the budget and decision making relating to this important Waterfront Park. 

As part of the Master Plan process, architectural improvements are also being considered within the context of the park. These two projects were intended to run concurrently and to inform one another as each developed in more detail.


Consultation Process Status

Master Plan Consultation Process Status: paused

Architectural Consultation Status: ongoing

The Humber Bay Parks Master Plan is well underway and was paused through late summer 2017 to allow the Architectural Consultation to evolve further.

It is anticipated that the Master Plan will pick-up again in Fall 2017 and will incorporate outcomes of the Architectural Consultation process. It's expected for the Master Plan to be completed by no later than December 2017.

View presentations and materials from previous consultations.


Upcoming Meetings

Architectural Community Resource Group (ACRG) Meeting #3

  • Date: August 30, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Polish Association of Toronto, 2282 Lake Shore Boulevard West
  • Agenda (PDF)

Member of the public are welcome to attend as non-participating observers.

About the Humber Bay Parks Master Plan

ExpandVision and Objectives

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

ExpandPark Origin and Location

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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