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About the Park

The Don River Valley Park is the centrepiece of Toronto’s rapidly growing downtown: a 200-hectare park spanning Pottery Road to Corktown Common.

Building connections to and from neighbourhoods, the Park provides an opportunity for Torontonians and visitors to engage in cultural activities, enhancing the environment of an incomparable but undervalued asset—the Don Valley.

Our stunningly beautiful valley system has remained largely overlooked for decades, but not anymore.

As the “backyard” to 250,000 residents (and soon another 60,000), representing some of the greatest cultural and economic diversity in Canada, reclaiming and protecting the Don Valley has never been more important.

The surrounding downtown neighbourhoods of the Lower Don.
The importance of investing in the city's greenspace grows along with the density in Toronto's urban areas/Vito Riccio

Investing in our greenspace is vital to complement the urban core at a time when the pace and intensity of development in Toronto continues to strengthen.

“This project allows us to celebrate our ravines, talk about the important role they play for our residents, our resilience and our quality of life.”

What better place to mobilize greenspace than at the intersection of our city where downtown meets the Valley and where the Valley meets the lake?

The Park will continue to enhance the city’s identity for decades to come, just as the Valley itself has shaped Toronto’s past, present and future.

What does the Park offer?

The Don River Valley Park is an outlet for citizens and a destination for visitors, connecting neighbourhoods and new developments to valuable parkland.

Protecting the sensitive ecological features of the Valley, the Park’s landscapes help mitigate the impact of climate change in the flood-prone valley.

The Don River.
The Park's unique landscapes help curb the affects of climate change in the Valley.

The Don River is home to a diversity of flora and fauna that include:

  • Deer
  • Fox
  • Raccoons
  • Beavers
  • Muskrats
  • Great blue heron
  • Red-winged black birds
  • Butterflies

The ravine boasts a diversity in trees and plants such as oaks, maple, birch and cedar.

You can watch the great salmon run in the fall as they travel upstream, or watch the migrating birds return from their wintering homes!

Take a walk beside the river’s edge for a moment of solitude, bike or walk the trails, or experience our art trail. Find out more about what you can do at the Park. 

The future of the Park

The collaborative vision of the Don River Valley Park will transform Toronto the good into Toronto the great.

From connecting Evergreen Brick Works through a marquee crossing, to connecting both Riverdale parks, east and west, through a massive land bridge, the future possibilities of the Don River Valley Park are endless.

Scheduled park improvements include the opening of the Pottery Road pedestrian bridge and an accessible ramp from the Riverdale Bridge. Construction details, closures and projected opening dates can be found on the City of Toronto website

Renderings of possible improvements in the DRVP.
Renderings of possible improvements in the Don Valley River Park