Town Square Phase 1 construction ramps up

Heavy equipment grading the exposed ground at the town square site
Grading for the new Town Square. View looking south to Wabash Avenue
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The Town Square site used to be the location of flaxseed elevators that feed stock to the mill (in the background). The flaxseed came by rail up a spur along Wabash Avenue

With the sort-of better weather, construction on the new Sorauren Park Town Square has swung into high gear. Heavy equipment is grading the site in preparation for landscaping this spring.

Phase 1 of the Town Square is scheduled to open this summer… stay tuned for opening event news. Construction has started thanks to generous donors from the community, grants from Live Green Toronto and TD Friends of the Environment, support from Councillor Gord Perks, and financial and project management from Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

The Town Square is located on Wabash Avenue between the Sorauren Fieldhouse and the old linseed mill building (and future community centre). Phase 1 includes:

  • grading the site
  • installation of mostly permeable pavers for the square
  • shade and ornamental tree plantings… approximately 50 new trees
  • roughed-in electrical service for events and lighting in the Square
  • a new sidewalk on the north side of Wabash Avenue
  • additional bike locking rings

Once this phase is completed, the site will become part of the park.

But, with your support, there’s more to come in Phase 2:

  • a signature trellis feature connecting the Fieldhouse to the linseed factory, serving as a gateway into the park and providing practical features such as mounting for a movie screen
  • new park benches
  • park lighting
  • garden features
  • a bake oven

Phase 2 fundraising has begun, but more is needed! You can donate any time, but watch for a formal kick-off of the Phase 2 campaign coming soon.

None of this would happen without the ongoing support and generosity of the community.  A big thank-you to everyone who has donated to the Phase 1 campaign. A special thank-you to Chander Chaddah, who made a sizable donation to mark his 25th anniversary as a real estate agent in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood. Everyone who donated $100 or more is listed on the virtual donor wall (eventually to become a permanent donor wall). Your donations make a difference!

Sorauren Town Square construction signs
Town Square coming soon… new construction signs erected by City
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