Kingsway College School (KCS) is leading the renovation of the Humbertown Park at the corner of Wimbleton Rd & Dundas St West. This project is being coordinated with numerous City of Toronto departments. KCS has engaged TriAxis Construction to manage the renovation, Seferian Design Group for landscape design and Earthscape Play, as the designer of the new playground.
To date, $1 million in donations have been received towards our final goal of $1.5 million
The fundraising effort kicked off with the “Play for the Park” Gala in May 2017, which raised over $210,000
A further $400,000 was raised by the KCS community when Alumni Family Paul Vessey and Kathleen Flynn generously offered to match every gift, dollar for dollar, up to $200,000. This match was quickly met by our dedicated community
As a municipal park, KCS is working closely with the City of Toronto. The City is committed to the ongoing maintenance and care of the park post renovation and has pledged a donation of $40,000 in discretionary Section 37 funding as well as an additional $12,500 to purchase a ping pong table and chess table
The generous support from the KCS community is instrumental to the success of this project. From student-led hot chocolate sales and birthday party gifts to parent and alumni family donations, a total of $338,000 in community donations means that KCS is well on its way to achieving its final fundraising goal
KCS has tracked issues and feedback from students, parents and staff on improvements for the field for years. This experience and input is the foundation of the park renovation
The renovation project is supported by a committee of parents and staff and is chaired by KCS’s Head of School. KCS will continue to share plans and progress with the KCS community
The City of Toronto has mandated processes to lead and undertake community consultation on initiatives like this renovation. KCS has been happy to participate and engage with individuals and organizations beyond the school itself. KCS will also communicate directly with neighbours and provide updates on the renovation
Two new playground structures designed with all children in mind: one structure for older children to appeal to their sense of adventure and one structure for the youngest to nurture their developing skills
Outdoor seating space for group learning or conversation
Updated landscaping to create a tranquil green space in the heart of the Kingsway
A walking loop surrounding the perimeter of the park as a dedicated walking/jogging space and a marked route for athletics teams to practice
A new drainage and irrigation system for the field so children can get outside and be active all year round
Natural Turf –The renovation will focus on implementing strategies (i.e. improved drainage) to support a healthy natural turf
Play structures – will be predominantly built with natural robina wood materials which are hard wearing and fit with the natural environment. The wood selected for this park is particularly dense in order to better survive the elements
Playground surfacing - will include a poured in place rubberized material and a new product called Fibar. The surfacing design will aim to improve accessibility, safety and hardiness
Storage – while the field will not include an onsite storage unit, we will continue to review and address storage needs within the school itself. Additional structures on the field are sometimes at risk of theft and vandalism and not common in unstaffed parks.
Track - the level area of the field is not sufficient to allow a full-size track. Installing a track will reduce the space needed for the field, play areas and walking trail - all of which continue to be priorities for the school and the community. However, as part of this renovation, an expanded and graded walking trail will be created and an area for sprint training and track and field practice will be developed.
Lights – park usage is predominantly during the daylight hours and the current path lighting will be maintained.
Scoreboard – a scoreboard is a significant expense proportionate to the project. While some organizations off-set the cost of scoreboards with advertisements, a scoreboard does not align with the priorities for the field, the interests of the city and would change the nature of this community park.
Drainage - addressing drainage is a key priority of this initiative. Soil sampling and extensive assessment conducted by a third party engineering firm have informed a plan to install a drainage system to mitigate water saturation issues that often result in the field being unusable. While quick temperature fluctuations in winter months may still leave the park icy or muddy at times, the drainage solution of improved grading and in-ground water storage tanks will help give the school and the community a more usable and safe park.