James Canning Gardens
City of Toronto
Cresford Developments / Concord Adex
Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Landscape Architect)
Renderings by JRS with The Flat Side of Design
In 2017, JRS prepared the Yonge Street Linear Park Master Plan, for George Hislop Park, Norman Jewison Park, and James Canning Gardens. The Master Plan established design principles through community consultation with a focus on the creation of continuous accessible pathways, quality seating and site furnishings, maintaining existing trees, adding welcoming lighting and new features, and enhancing safety for all park users.
Following the completion of the Master Plan, JRS led a multidisciplinary team of consultants to realize the revitalization of James Canning Gardens, completed in 2021. The design includes custom Corten Steel archways that are lit at night and cast a soft glow along the length of this linear urban park space that runs parallel to Yonge St, sitting on top of the TTC subway line, and connects Gloucester and Dundonald Streets. The playground, relocated to a more visible and prominent area in the park, features new accessible play structures, balance features, and a large climbing structure. The design retains the mature tree canopy throughout the park which casts dappled light and welcome shade to seating areas and play structures. Custom circular raised planters filled with a variety of hardy perennials and spring bulbs add seasonal colour and texture year-round.
James Canning Gardens is an elegant, well-executed urban park with custom design elements that seamlessly integrates within the urban neighbourhood fabric. The revitalized park provides a safe and engaging open-space experience that promotes health and well-being for the community.