Corktown Off-Leash Area
Ward 13 OLA Revitalization
Projects are identified through the Office of Councillor Wong-Tam. They will initiate a sequence of activities (i.e. submitting ideas, filling out a survey, discussing them in face-to-face or virtual meetings, and prioritizing them) with the objective of making decisions supported by the community.
Projects include participatory components such as ideation/proposals (residents submit and vote on each others ideas), participatory budgeting (proposals are assigned a dollar value and voted on within the budget available), as well as meetings/events.
Councillor Wong-Tam, City Staff, and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority are now reviewing the feedback collected. Next steps will be announced shortly. Check here for updates.
This project is part of Dog Off-Leash Area Revitalization
Corktown was identified and submitted by Councillor Wong-Tam and City staff as the top priority in Ward 13 because of the displacement of the OLA that happened in 2018 when Enbridge construction began.
An off-leash area was previously located in the neighbourhood at Corktown Commons and was removed by Enbridge when major work was undertaken in the area. Enbridge is funding the replacement of the dog off-leash area.
A dedicated dog off-leash area is needed in the community because:
- There is a high concentration of dog owners in the neighbourhood, and therefore there is a significant demand from residents for a dog off-leash area.
- Conflicts occur often between Corktown Commons park users and dog owners who unleash their dogs in the Commons. By providing a dedicated space for off-leash dogs, these and related conflicts are reduced.
Members of the community have expressed several concerns about the previous Corktown OLA including: the unsuitable location, small size, lack of shade and seating, and the overall design and accessibility.
Over the past year, Councillor Wong-Tam worked with City staff and local community stakeholders to identify a new suitable location. Several locations were considered including various places within Corktown Commons, Underpass Park, and Lawren Harris Square.
Lawren Harris Square is the proposed site for the new dog off-leash area because:
- The square is located close to a large population of dog owners.
- The square is not heavily used by local residents, with most choosing to spend their time in the neighbouring Corktown Commons.
Locations considered were:
Corktown Commons, the east side of the berm:
- This area is located in a flood plain and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), which regulates land use in the flood plain, will not allow a fenced dog off-leash area.
Corktown Commons, the south lawn:
- Is not suitable because the hill is used by families for tobogganing in the winter and the field is often permitted for entertainment and recreational uses.
Underpass Park West on the west side of St. Lawrence Street:
- This area of the park hosts a farmers’ market on Thursday afternoons during the spring, summer and fall, and an off-leash facility is not compatible with the market's use of the space.
- There are transportation maintenance projects planned for the overpass structures in 2024-2026, which would again displace a dog off-leash area soon after construction.
Proposals See all proposals (10)