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What we're working on

4 EMERGING IDEAS:
MAKING CONNECTIONS

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We propose integrating buildings and nature, with trees, animals, paths, and green roofs

We have been working with local communities and other stakeholders to generate a shared vision and framework for 520 acres at Downsview. This process has led to some early thinking that will inform the future of the project, with Downsview Park remaining at the heart of the community.

ROUND 1


 

ROUND 2

Parks & Nature

CONNECTING THROUGH CITY NATURE

What if we leverage both Downsview Park and the runway to create a City Nature network that could help all the things that live here thrive— the plants, animals, birds, insects, and people?

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Introducing City Nature

 

We propose that Downsview’s new communities include open spaces in parks, natural areas, along streets and even on buildings, combining nature with urban areas in a concept we call City Nature. This integrated approach supports biodiversity, manages stormwater using natural systems, and offers a range of outdoor experiences for those who live, work and play in and around Downsview. It will also provide space for people to walk and cycle, as we’re prioritizing people and not only cars. 

"If there was one thing about my neighbourhood that I love, it is green space and parks."

In Round One of the consultation process people told us that they love Downsview Park, and also that they need more access to green space where wildlife can thrive, food can be grown, and people can be both active and relaxed. Based on this feedback, we’re exploring the idea of City Nature as we rethink these 520 acres of land.

Our vision for the future includes a rich network of parks & green spaces driven by these eight aspirations:

Social Infrastructure, providing places for people to connect, share, and enjoy each other and nature
15 min neighbourhoods, where people live, work, shop, learn, and play within a 15-min walk or bike ride
Stormwater balance that increases the amount of water absorbed by the ground (rather than piped off-site), improves water quality, and reduces erosion
Health benefits associated with fresh air, time in nature, views to green space, recreation, and other outdoor activities 

15 min neighbourhoods, where people live, work, shop, learn, and play within a 15-min walk or bike ride

Social Infrastructure, providing places for people to connect, share, and enjoy each other and nature

Stormwater balance that increases the amount of water absorbed by the ground (rather than piped off-site), improves water quality, and reduces erosion

Health benefits associated with fresh air, time in nature, views to green space, recreation, and other outdoor activities 

Micromobility routes that make it easy to move around Downsview without a car
Biodiversity, by creating habitat that supports a wide range of native plants, insects, birds, and other wildlife
Microclimate regulation, to best manage the effects of sun, rain, wind, and snow, and improve year round comfort both indoors and outdoors.

Biodiversity, by creating habitat that supports a wide range of native plants, insects, birds, and other wildlife

Micromobility routes that make it easy to move around Downsview without a car

Microclimate regulation, to best manage the effects of sun, rain, wind, and snow, and improve year round comfort both indoors and outdoors.

Liveability, supported by the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability, equity, education, culture, connection to our history and cultural heritage, and recreation possibilities

Liveability, supported by the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability, equity, education, culture, connection to our history and cultural heritage, and recreation possibilities

A place to welcome all uses and users

 

Here are a few examples of the wide range of uses and users that could be part of Downsview’s future parks and green spaces. What would you like to see?