Construction starts June: Charles G. Williams Park

A sign erected by the City of Toronto on a fence by the park says construction will start in June 2021 and last until this fall.

The City of Toronto says construction will start this month on the revitalization of Charles G. Williams Park across Wabash Avenue from Sorauren Park. The project has been in the works for several years; construction signs recently went up around the park.

The park will be closed during construction, which is expected to last till this fall. Design highlights include:

  • A new playground, new landscaping and new pathways
  • New surface on the basketball court
  • A new junior single-court basketball pad
  • A new splash pad, replacing the wading pool
  • New bocce ball court and outdoor ping-pong table

“The City of Toronto has done a fantastic job incorporating the community’s feedback and requests into the new design. We’re pleased to have been given a chance to advocate for the neighbourhood and work with Parks, Forestry & Recreation to meet the community’s goals to improve the park,” says the Friends of Charles G. Williams Park, a group of community volunteers who have been working diligently on the project.

The design also features a new main entrance at the Sorauren/Wabash intersection. The park’s original plaque, commemorating the sacrifice of neighbour and soldier Charles Gower Williams in the First World War, will also come out of storage and be placed near a newly planted Vimy Oak.

While the playground is closed, the Friends of Sorauren Park will be organizing a COVID-safe, self-guided children’s activity program in Sorauren Park. Watch this website for details or follow @SoraurenPark on Instragram, Facebook and Twitter.

Close-up of the construction sign showing a map of the park and listing the key design elements, referenced in the main story.

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