Construction is underway and will take place in stages. It is expected to be completed by early 2024. Different areas of the park will be closed to the public with onsite signage and fencing during each stage. The existing parking lot, artificial turf fields and pavilion will remain open throughout the construction.Image
This stage of construction will prepare 52 hectares (130 acres) of the park for future development of new recreational facilities and amenities. To prepare this site for the future, the scope of work includes:
- site grading and stormwater management.
- installation of underground services (water, storm, sanitary, electrical, gas and telecom).
- reconstruction and extension of the current park roadway, in addition to creating a second park access from Keele Street.
- environmental restoration, enhancement, and connection of the existing pond, wetland, and habitat areas
Enabling works construction continues and is approximately 50 per cent complete. Here are some highlights:
- Site grading, servicing and environmental restoration work on 130 acres of land is in progress. This includes the City’s first cricket field and event lawn, additional park pathways, accessible multi-use trails, extending the existing driveway (Vaughan CARES Way) to include a second access point on Keele Street and adding a new traffic signal at the park’s north entrance. Enabling works construction will be fully completed by the end of 2024, with some elements nearing completion this year.
- Restoration of approximately 10 acres of wetland and provincially significant areas, including pond and wetland expansion and the creation of a wildlife corridor.
- Development of a family recreation area is underway and envisioned to include a variety of programming for all ages and all seasons. Some elements may include a waterplay area, nature playgrounds, picnic areas, shade shelter, multi-use trails, boardwalk and a pond lookout. This project is anticipated to be completed by 2026.
As part of this work, environmental restoration is a priority. This will include removing current trees, grasses and shrubs which will be replanted in a way that improves the ecosystems onsite. All work is being completed in coordination with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.
Artistic site signage is being installed at the park. These signs will provide visitors with more information about the park’s design, construction, development plans and vision. Also featured are a series of art installations to express a warm welcome to all park visitors.
These installations provide an opportunity to explore a visual language for future signage, interpretation, and wayfinding at the park. Public feedback is invited to inform future work in these areas. These new gestures have been informed by feedback from the public and community groups dating back to the park opening in 2018. The hope is to develop an identity unique to NMRP and reflective of its grand size and bold vision.
To be completed in the summer and fall of 2023, the first set of installations will feature ground level graphics at pedestrian and vehicle entrances to the park. They will include representations of plants, animals, insects and birds that we share with the park. In addition, a large-scale image will be installed on the wall of the pavilion facing the parking lot. Development of the next phase of installations is underway and will feature a series of interpretive signage that will highlight information on the park’s vision and guiding principles, its history and future development.
- Improvements that began in the fall of 2021 and are now complete. Upgrades include asphalt paving some of the existing limestone screening trails, replacing the Nevada Park Bridge, seating areas and tree planting. Further trail and wayfinding signage is coming soon.
- These trail improvements are funded by the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, and by the Government of Ontario.