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June 9, 2008
June Callwood Park Design Competition call for Expressions of Interest
The City of Toronto is inviting landscape architects to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to participate in a design competition for the new June Callwood Park.

June Callwood Park is a 0.4 hectare space located at the foot of the historic Fort York area of Toronto to be designed and developed as a new park, and significant addition to the public realm of the Central Waterfront. Situated northwest of the Fleet St. and Bathurst St. intersection, the park will serve as the central public space for local neighbourhood activities in a new high-density, mixed-use community.

"The completion of the June Callwood Park will be an important addition to the City’s waterfront renewal," said Joe Pantalone, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina. "With this comes the opportunity to demonstrate Toronto’s commitment to the creation of a comprehensive park system, integrating excellence in civic design, cultural planning and the environment. It is anticipated that the park will be open for Fort York's celebration of the War of 1812."

In the context of the Fort York Public Realm Plan, June Callwood Park will be key in consolidating and integrating historically significant open spaces. The park will be designed to respond to its historically rich setting; to serve as an important view corridor to and from Fort York; to provide improved access for communities to the north towards the waterfront; and to contribute to the creation of a larger system of linked public open spaces.

The purpose of EOI is to invite consultant teams with a commitment to design excellence and a proven ability to design, develop and construct significant waterfront parks, to submit their qualifications, experience and approach to the design of the Central Waterfront parks and open spaces.

The finalists from the EOI will proceed with a process that promotes outstanding design and program excellence, to reflect the aspirations of the community and those of June Callwood, the park’s namesake who is often referred to as ‘Canada’s Conscience,’ and to create a central focus for local neighbourhood activities and community interaction. The park will also provide an excellent opportunity to improve the accessibility and visibility of Fort York and the waterfront.

"Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation continues to create parks and public spaces that integrate excellence in landscape and urban design that further enhance the experiences of our park users," said Brenda Librecz, General Manager, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. "We are committed to investing in our parks and green spaces that will lead to a parks renaissance in Toronto."

Team submissions will be judged by a jury. The successful team will be retained to complete detailed designs and working drawings for the June Callwood Park.

To receive a copy of the EOI document, visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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