Design Studies

Midtown in Focus

Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan for the Yonge Eglinton Study Area


Midtown in Focus, the Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Plan for the Yonge-Eglinton area, creates a framework for coordinated public realm improvements in the middle of the city. The Plan, adopted by City Council in August 2014, identifies how the existing network of parks, open spaces, streets and public buildings can be improved over the next 5 to 10 years to create an attractive, safe and comfortable network of public spaces that supports City life in Midtown.

In 2015, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) awarded Midtown in Focus its highest award, the National Honours Award, Planning and Analysis. This Award of Excellence recognizes the consultant team led by Public Work for outstanding achievement in the profession of Landscape Architecture for their work on the Midtown in Focus Study.

Midtown in Focus Study Document & Report

The Midtown in Focus study document was presented to Planning and Growth Management Committee on August 7, 2014. Links to the study document and accompanying staff report are provided below:

Midtown in Focus Parks, Open Space and Streetscape Master Plan (whole document):

The Midtown in Focus document has been subdivided for ease of downloading and printing:

Study Appendices

Study Consultation Summaries and Appendices

Official Plan Amendment to Implement Midtown in Focus

City Council adopted Official Plan Amendment 289 on June 12th, 2015 as part of the implementation of the Midtown in Focus Plan. Links to the agenda item and proposed amendments are provided below:

In 2012, Councillors Matlow, Stintz, and Robinson worked together to establish the Midtown Planning Group, a local community planning group intended "to create a proactive, holistic, and comprehensive strategy for planning in the Yonge and Eglinton area of Midtown." This collaboration resulted in the formal creation of the group in a July 2012 Council decision. Shortly afterwards, the Councillors, the Midtown Planning Group, and the City of Toronto initiated the parks, open space, and streetscape master plan for the Yonge and Eglinton area, Midtown in Focus. 

Midtown is a healthy, growing community made up of active residential communities, vibrant shopping districts, and important transportation infrastructure. But the area’s recent growth has created a need to think about one of the most important elements of any community: parks and open space. Midtown In Focus aims to do just that by advancing a vision that strives to reflect community identity, draw people together, strike the right balance between high-rises and open space, and create desirable places to live and visit.

Below are key resources relevant to the project. At the top are presentations, studies, and meeting summaries directly related to this study, and below you'll find links to broader policies and reports that are also relevant.

Midtown Planning Group Meetings

Community Studies and Feedback

Terry Mills (Midtown-based planning consultant)

Sherwood Park Residents' Association

Upper Canada Court Tenant Association

Stanley Knowles Housing Co-op

Midtown Resident Letters

Eglinton Park Residents' Association

North Toronto Arena Board of Directors

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