Upcoming Events

Oct 21 2017 Forum /

Public Space for Public Life: Re-Imagining Downtown Parks & Streets

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West



Downtown’s parks, squares and streets are some of the most beloved and heavily used destinations in the city. These public spaces are fundamental to the city’s identity and liveability. They set the stage for daily social interaction, build community and help keep Torontonians active and healthy. For these reasons, they are fundamental to Toronto’s liveability and its identity.

Join us for a conversation on the future of parks and streets in the heart of our city. How is the City of Toronto planning to transform our public spaces to support a growing and intensifying Downtown over the next 25 years? What are the essential ingredients for fostering public life? Why is investment in a high quality public realm so important to quality of life?

Moderated by Acting Chief Planner Gregg Lintern, this event is organized by City of Toronto in partnership with Park People and the University of Toronto.

The event features a keynote address by world-renowned urbanist Jan Gehl, whose pioneering methodology informed Toronto’s first-ever study of public life. Additional presentations by:

  • Adam Nicklin and Marc Ryan of Public Work on key elements of the new Downtown Parks and Public Realm Plan
  • Janie RomoffGeneral Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Acting Director of Transportation Infrastructure Management on recent and upcoming improvements to parks and streets
  • With closing remarks by Christine Burke, Director, Campus & Facilities Planning, University of Toronto