DTAH have been selected by the City of Toronto and Lanterra Developments to design a new public park at 11 Wellesley West, Dr. Lillian McGregor Park. Located in a vibrant area of downtown Toronto, the park will play a major role in both the local and larger community, provide a flexible place for day to day relaxation and reprieve, and serve as an important space for people to come together for small social gatherings. Named after Dr. Lillian McGregor (1924-2012) of Whitefish River First Nation, the public art in the park considers themes important to Dr. McGregor - Health, Spirituality, and Language.
DTAH’s design approach prioritizes the creation of an inclusive commons that can be many things to many people, established through a fulsome public consultation process to build a sense of ownership that ultimately drives future stewardship of this important urban resource.
Lanterra Developments and City of Toronto
As the park straddles areas of both public and private ownership, and is itself constructed over an underground parking garage, the design integrates and overlaps these territories, allowing the public and private realms to interact in a manner that would benefit and harmoniously strengthen the whole. Based on this approach, the park will become a dynamic space that accommodates daily, weekend and seasonal activities.
“The park plan for 11 Wellesley has been welcomed by the community, which has long lobbied for the site to be turned into green space.”Ryan Starr
With the growing demand for urban living, DTAH has continuously committed to designing vibrant public places that address the need for inviting and engaging outdoor space. We have been involved in the creation of many urban design plans, parks and landscapes for numerous private clients including Concord (Park Place and Railway Lands), Great Gulf, Kilmer, Cresford, Brookfield, Oxford Properties, Tridel, Hines, Daniels, and many more.
“Rarely do you have the opportunity to work on a piece of land that’s so significant, in such a significant location, with the added advantage of having it become part of the public realm.”Mark Mandelbaum