Parks and accessible green space play an important role in improving the health and quality of life of residents, and in the downtown core, there are too few opportunities to enjoy parks and green space. I vowed to change that. Together with the community, I secured a brand new 1.6-acre park at 25 Wellesley Street West, as part of an approved condominium proposal at 11 Wellesley Street West.
This was no easy feat, but Dr. Lillian McGregor Park will be one of the few new significant pieces of parkland created in downtown Toronto since amalgamation. Investment of Section 37 money was integral to acquiring this new downtown parkland. This was achieved through combining multiple Section 37 contributions from 11 Wellesley Street West as well as $500,000 from two other nearby developments. The park will be named for Dr. Lillian McGregor, a nurse and community leader from Whitefish River First Nation.