Category: Town Square

Take the Wabash Community Centre design survey till Nov. 17

Rendering of the proposed Wabash Community Centre design looking north-east from Wabash Avenue across the newly designed Town Square. The new centre combines the historic bricked linseed factory with new "blocks" that include a pool at grade, and a gym mounted on top of the other two buildings.
Concept design looking north-east from Wabash Avenue. The new pools would be inside the new addition at-grade on the north. The historic linseed building would be repurposed to contain multi-purpose and activity rooms and offices. The gym and running track would be in the new building on top. The main lobby entrance is in the middle.

The city and its design consultants, Diamond Schmitt Architects and PMA Landscape Architects, have released the draft designs for the exterior, interior and landscaping for the new Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park.

And they want your feedback on the designs. Take the online survey (all responses are anonymous) at The survey is open till November 17. Concepts for net-zero energy usage are also included.

As you work through the survey, design rationales are explained alongside images.

Your feedback will help inform the next phase of detailed design work. Construction is expected to be completed in 2026 or 2027 depending on the many variables that affect capital projects including permits and approvals.

Follow @SoraurenPark on social media or subscribe to Sorauren Park News for community centre updates. The city’s project page also tracks progress and includes reports from community engagements.

View looking north-west from Wabash Avenue, towards the back of the building with service entrance, staff and accessibility parking. A children’s activity space is designed around the base of the iconic chimney.

City chooses Wabash Community Centre site design option

aerial diagram, looking north over the park, showing the "Angler" option nestled against the rail corridor, with additions behind and partially on top of the existing Canada Linseed oil mill building.
Option 5, the Angler, from City survey of design options.

The City of Toronto has announced it has chosen “the Angler” as the preferred site design option for the new Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park.

“Based on spring and summer consultations with local community members, Indigenous representatives, and the City’s operational staff, the Angler has been selected as the site design option that will be further refined through continued community consultation,” wrote the City in a September 21 email to community members.

The City’s consultations included the Friends of Sorauren Park, which voted for, and promoted, the Angler as the best option.

“We’ve looked closely at the options, and while there are always site compromises in a constrained space, in the end there was little debate among the directors,” said Joël Campbell, chair of Friends of Sorauren Park, in May 2021 when the five site options were presented. “Design option 5, the Angler, was the clear winner for us. We look forward to continuing the collaboration with the City and the design consultants as work progresses through the design process.”

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Farmers’ Market opens May 24

Three volunteers with the Farmers' Market, wearing their face masks, stand behind a sign outlining the COVID-19 rules for attending the market, taken at the 2020 market outdoors on the Sorauren Town Square.
The Farmers’ Market ran outdoors in the summer of 2020 under COVID-19 protocols.

Note: An earlier version of this article referenced a May 3 opening date. The Market will not open on May 3, and instead will open May 24.

The Sorauren Farmers’ Market is planning to open on Victoria Day, Monday, May 24, outdoors on the park’s Town Square. The Market’s normal outdoor schedule is 3 – 7 pm every Monday.

In normal years the Market moves from its winter home indoors at the Sorauren Fieldhouse to its outdoor home in the park in late May. Pandemic conditions prevented the winter market from opening this past season, replaced by the Farm Box program which has now wrapped up.

Follow Sorauren Farmers’ Market on social media for updates, or visit the Market website. The Market is produced by the Sorauren Farmers’ Market Association.

Sorauren Farmers Market reopens July 6

Wear your masks at the Market

After many months of closure due to the pandemic, the Sorauren Farmers Market got the green light and will reopen in Sorauren Park at the usual time, 3-7 pm on Mondays on the Town Square.

COVID-19 means farmers’ markets will look and feel a little different with special physical distancing and hygiene protocols. You might not be able to see the smile on your favourite vendor’s face because of their mask, but please know they have missed you and are very happy to see you!

To comply with Public Health recommendations please note the following:
● Shop quickly, ideally one person per household
● If you are unwell, stay home
● Wear a mask
● Maintain a safe distance from others, be patient and kind – this is challenging for everyone
● Please pre-order with vendors online – this way you can visit the pre-order pick-up window for a speedy visit
● Follow the one-way direction of the Market
● Please do not touch the food – your vendor will pack for you
● No eating in the Market area – take your food and eat at home or in the park.

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Register for June 4 community centre update and survey results

Birds-eye view drawing of the old brick linseed oil mill building, re-imagined as the Wabash Community Centre
2009 concept plan for Wabash Community Centre by Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth architects, in joint venture

Join us June 4 at 7 pm for a special online presentation of the results of the Sorauren Park (Wabash) Community Centre public consultation undertaken by the Friends of Sorauren Park.

More than 1,100 community members answered our survey… thank you! The presentation will also include ideas and opinions gathered through meetings and by write-in feedback from many community members about this exciting project in Sorauren Park.

We’ll also showcase the official positions of the Friends of Sorauren Park, and provide an update on the project.

Due to COVID, the June 4 event will be presented as a webinar using the Zoom platform. Register now and we’ll send you the link and instructions.

We’re using Eventbrite for registrations and you may need to sign in with your Eventbrite or Facebook account. If you are having any trouble registering, contact us.

The June 4 event will focus on the community-driven consultation process through the Friends of Sorauren Park. The City will be undertaking its own public consultations in collaboration with project designers Diamond Schmitt Architects, which FOSP will also support. Those consultations have been delayed because of COVID.

City Council approved the Wabash Community Centre budget in 2017 and since then has undertaken preliminary studies, engineering and hired the architects.

Register now to join the live presentation on June 4 at 7 pm.