DTAH has been selected by the City of Toronto to lead a diverse design team in the development of the first Master Plan for Toronto Island. As a strategic document, the Master Plan will ensure that future park improvements move it towards, and contribute to, a vision for the entire park that is comprehensive and complete. This vision will better serve the public, improve equitable access and user experience, celebrate the charm, natural, and cultural history of this cherished park, and ensure its sustainability and viability for future generations.

Toronto Island has always played an important role in the history of Toronto and the lives of the people who have lived here – first to the Mississaugas of the Credit as a place for ceremonial gathering and healing, and then as an important refuge from the respite of the hustle and bustle of the big city on the other side of the bay. Today the park is enjoyed by nearly 1.5 million visitors annually who are drawn to its beautiful beaches, amusement park, marinas, clubs, nature trails, schools, cultural places, and events. The Master Plan will be created through a collaborative engagement process that will take place over the course of 2 years. Approaching the project in this way will ensure that the future vision for the park is inclusive and equitable and that outcomes will be more dynamic, functional, and responsive to user needs. The Master Plan will ensure that Toronto Island Park becomes:

1. A world-class waterfront park destination accessible and inclusive for all

2. A model for resilience, environmental excellence and sustainability

3. An Island of balanced and varied activity celebrating four seasons

4. An Island of areas/rooms with diverse and memorable experiences

5. An Island Park that celebrates its natural and cultural heritage and Indigenous placemaking

6. An Island oasis, care-free and protected

7. A park that will serve a unique function for all Torontonians and beyond

8. An Island community and culture, centred on balance and respect for past, present and future

Learn more from the City of Toronto here