Tommy Thompson Park Master Plan

In 1989, TRCA completed an extensive provincial environmental assessment and planning process which resulted in the creation of the Tommy Thompson Park Master Plan. In 1992, an Addendum was prepared and in 1995, TRCA received approval to proceed with implementation from the Ministry of the Environment. This planning process became the foundation for the creation of a unique urban wilderness feature on Toronto's waterfront.

Download the Master Plan PDFs:

Title Page and Table of Contents - 211K
Executive Summary - 603K
1. Introduction - 466K
2. Study Process - 178K
3. Background Information - 382K
4. Existing Conditions - 2,486K
5. Revised Master Plan - 1,235K
6. Implementation - 520K
Appendix A - Public Participation - 5,379K
Appendix B - Cell 1 Capping Proposal - 1,787K

The objectives of the Tommy Thompson Park Master Plan are to preserve significant species, protect environmentally significant areas and enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitat. The planning approach incorporates conservation design for a variety of wildlife habitats and incorporated natural succession conditions to create functional habitats. The rehabilitation of newly filled areas will involve projects to improve environmental integrity by providing a diversity of aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

Until recently, limited funds have been available to implement the Master Plan with the City of Toronto contributing funding for interim management. A funding partnership between TRCA and the Waterfront Toronto for $8 million has been established to realize key components of the Master Plan between 2005 and 2010. Key components include the implementation of the following:

Park Infrastructure

  • Park Gateway
  • Environmental Shelter and Washroom Facility
  • Nature Viewing and Park Amenities
  • Ecological Research Station
  • Proposed Washroom Facilities
  • Trails Master Plan - 2,206K

Natural Area Enhancement Plan

Project Approvals

TRCA received Approval to Proceed with the Tommy Thompson Park Master Plan from the Ministry of the Environment under subsection 7(1) of the Environmental Assessment Act on February 22, 1995.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as the federal agency through which TWRC project funds will flow is participating as a Responsible Authority under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).

The project also requires approvals under Section 35(2) of the Fisheries Act, Section 5(1) and 5(2) of the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

Public and Agency Consultation

The Tommy Thompson Park Master Plan was developed through consultation with numerous federal authorities, municipal, provincial governments and public groups. A comprehensive listing and details of all meetings and events pertaining to the development of the project is provided in the Environmental Assessment documents. Public input continues through the Tommy Thompson Park Advisory Committee and a Peer Review Committee has been formed to provide direction on process and design of key components of the Tommy Thompson Park Master Plan. An Agency Stakeholder Group has been formed to provide insight and direction on specific Master Plan components when municipal, provincial and/or federal approvals are required.

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Hours of Operation

Weekdays: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Tommy Thompson Park is open all holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.



Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is located at the base or foot of Leslie Street where it meets Unwin Avenue, south of Lake Shore Boulevard East.



Lake Ontario moderates TTP?s climate, with less heat & humidity in the summer and less snow in the winter than areas immediately north. Prevailing winds are westerly, with faster speeds and greater wind chill effects. Fogs forms twice as often at TTP than the rest of Toronto.