Kristyn Wong-Tam has been described as "Toronto’s Public Space Advocate" at the Toronto Region Board of Trade. This is a title she embraces and her track record shows this honour was not misplaced. In 2012, she partnered with the Downtown Yonge BIA to create Celebrate Yonge, a bold and innovative four week festival that reprogrammed ten blocks of iconic Yonge Street into a pedestrian friendly promenade. The event was wildly successful and garnered national attention on both mainstream and social media. Celebrate Yonge earned awards from the Toronto and Ontario associations of BIAs and the prestigious recognition in 2013 by the International Downtown Association World Congress in New York City.
Kristyn with community members on her recent Jane's Walk "Yonge Love: Transforming The Public Realm, Campus & Neighbourhood"
Kristyn helped to launch Toronto’s first parklet program on Church Street, in partnership with the Church Street Village BIA and the 519 Community Centre. She consulted with area stakeholders and brought a wide range of supporters together to temporarily extend the narrow sidewalks of Church Street into the public realm creating new outdoor patios and mini “parks” during the summer of 2013. The program has since been expanded to BIAs across the city and is now being integrated into official Toronto Parklet Guidelines. Residents have been able to meet and socialize with one another in these professionally designed, built and landscaped public spaces.
Kristyn and the Ryerson community unveiling one of the newest parklettes on Elm Street.
Kristyn has secured the investment of over $40 million for public realm improvements in our city streets, city parks, community facilities and green spaces. In consultation with local communities, Kristyn is investing these funds into revitalizing and building a vibrant public realm across the entire ward. This includes the unprecedented new 1.6 acre Dr. Lillian McGregor Park secured, and now under construction, on Wellesley Street between Yonge and Bay.
As your City Councillor, Kristyn will:
- Work with downtown and waterfront communities to create new urban interventions, beautiful streets, and parklets to make more spaces for people to enjoy
- Invest in public art, especially around public infrastructure, to transform spaces into meaningful cultural features that will be celebrated, rather than avoided
- Acquire new lands for parks and park expansions for children and families to play in and have a sense of calm in our busy city