Wildwood Park Improvments

Following three community meetings and a survey organized by the ‘Friends of Wildwood Park’, a preferred concept for the redesign of the park has been developed. Scott Torrance Landscape Architects have developed this preferred concept plan. The park will have new play structures for a wider range of children, a new shade structure and mulched play surface.Wildwood larger file

Design Exchange will Host Free WinterStation Workshops

To celebrate and animate our neighbourhood during the WinterStations art event, the Design Exchange is hosting workshops at 1934 Queen St. E. on feb 28th and Mar. 7th from 1-4pm.

These workshops are open to everyone and will involve making scale models and learning about the designs of the WinterStation installations.


DX WinterStations Workshop Poster

Queen Street Revival Ideas

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Parking, pedestrian and cycling

  • Pedestrian events
  • Pedestrian days on Queen
  • BIXI bikes in the Beach
  • Adjust no-stopping times for traffic
  • Change parking regulations
  • Mandated parking spots for new condos


Social/cultural changes

  • Change one habit (social, healthy living, environmental, etc.)
  • Encourage residents to walk the neighbourhood
  • Local business owners shop locally
  • Try new places once per week
  • Create a ‘Welcome Wagon’
  • Say ‘Hello’ and be friendly in the neighbourhood
  • ‘Bring-a-Friend-to-the-Beach-Day’


Store and sidewalk design

  • Signage maintenance
  • De-clutter sidewalks (hang plants, plant trees with grates)
  • Uniformity of signs
  • Encourage businesses to participate in BIA
  • Architectural design controls
  • Theme windows
  • Revisit patio and café rules
  • Create parklets

Tourism and events

  • Promoting the neighbourhood as tourist district
  • Make neighbourhood a destination, especially in winter (skate trails, festivals with fire pits, Christmas market)
  • More events (like pumpkin parade)
  • More winter events
  • Drawing people from Boardwalk to Queen (bikes, zip line, toy train)
  • Farmers market at Kew Gardens (or other location in Beach)
  • Outdoor art exhibit at RC Harris
  • Use bandstand regularly from May – August
  • Market for local artisans
  • Kiosks on the Beach by local businesses
  • Change rules and restrictions for food trucks
  • Free WiFi or hotspots in the area


WinterStations is Transforming our Beach

The WinterStations launch was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that was involved.

You can visit these incredible art pieces until March 22.

Here are some of the recent articles covering the WinterStations:
Toronto Star (print and online)
Metro News (print and online)
CBC Metro Morning (radio)
Torontoist (online)
Beach Metro News
Urban Toronto


Winterstations second poster

Winterstations is Coming…….

The upcoming Winterstations festival is gaining momentum and press.

Check out some of the local and national news stories about this exciting event.



‘Warming huts’ to transform lifeguard stations on Toronto beach — Toronto Star: January 13, 2015

Finalists revealed in Toronto’s inaugural Winter Stations design competition — Canadian Architect: January 13, 2015

Winter Stations Competition jury narrows down to four finalists –Daily Commercial News: January 28, 2015

These Aren’t Your Average Lifeguard Stations —Torontoist: January 13, 2015