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.
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 is home to a diversity of flora and fauna that include:
- Great blue heron
- Red-winged black birds
The ravine boasts a diversity in trees and plants wuch 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.
About the project
The Don River Valley Park is a project created and spearheaded by Evergreen, a national not-for-profit dedicated to making cities in Canada flourish.
Evergreen has more than 25 years of experience engaging Canadians in the transformation of underutilized landscapes into thriving community places.
In partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Park project aims to transform previously underutilized and largely inaccessible land into a new civic space.
“We hope attention towards the Lower Don and Toronto’s natural ravine system, will serve to deepen and transform our collective relationship with our city’s watersheds and waterfront. There has never been a better time to make the Lower Don a natural destination for residents and visitors.”
The Park was created with the support of a multitude of community sponsors, including the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and TD Bank.
Built on a solid foundation of past community-engagement efforts, the vision for the project looks to the future and serves as the proverbial first mile of a broader city-wide ravine revitalization strategy.
See an entire list of our community sponsors. (PDF 25 KB)
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.