The design for York Street Park must strike a balance between the needs of local residents, a growing daytime population of office workers, and the bustling crowds who frequent the waterfront for recreation and leisure. The park must offer a peaceful respite from the busy downtown core and provide opportunities for socializing.
Located at the southern foot of York Street, the York Street Park site is approximately 8,000 square metres (2 acres) and sits between the southern extension of the Financial District and the York Quay residential neighbourhood. It will occupy the site of the former York-Bay-Yonge eastbound off-ramp from the Gardiner Expressway, which was removed in 2016-2017.
Required design elements for York Street Park include green space, lunchtime activities, event space, water feature, public art, architectural pavilion, accommodation for dogs, and a full spectrum of park amenities (benches, lighting, wayfinding and more).