ERA Architects
Coronation park

Coronation Park

Coronation Park is a six-hectare, culturally significant park at the foot of the historic Fort York area. The park is a living memorial, with the groves of silver maples commemorating the service and sacrifice of Canada’s military in World War I. 

Coronation Park aerial

At over 70 years old, the original design intent of the park had begun to fade from view. Original pathways that gave sense of order to the tree groves, along with their granite markers, had been lost, and most importantly the significance of the commemoration had been largely forgotten from the public consciousness.  

In 2016, ERA was retained to lead the restoration and upgrade of the park to meet contemporary user needs. Key objectives included restoring lost heritage park features, and providing a contemporary interpretation that reflected and honoured the historic intent of the park design. 

The memorial at Coronation Park.

This work included interpretive signage, featuring a new wayfinding map and new granite markers aimed to increase the legibility of the commemorative landscape. Landscape upgrades, including new paths, seating, and low-maintenance planting were integrated throughout the site, while remaining complementary to the historic memorial landscape.