Five years ago, U of T launched the Landmark Project. See our progress!

May 10, 2022
A large flower bed, under trees, is covered with plants in pots, waiting to be transplanted. Workers dig in the background.

The Landmark Project has made great progress thanks to the generous support of thousands of alumni and friends.

Launched five years ago with a generous $1-million gift from the University of Toronto Alumni Association, the project has enjoyed tremendous support.

We are pleased to offer you a snapshot of our ongoing efforts to make Front and Back Campus more pedestrian-friendly, create new green spaces, improve accessibility, and significantly reduce U of T’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Whitney Walk and Sir Daniel Wilson Quadrangle

Whitney Walk and Sir Daniel Wilson Quadrangle have been rejuvenated with beautiful trees, gardens, and new granite pathways, enhancing these iconic spaces and creating a more welcoming and accessible thoroughfare between Front and Back campus.

Front Campus

The Landmark Project is recapturing the original spirit of Front Campus and King’s College Circle by creating a greener, more walkable and accessible campus environment for people of all ages and mobility needs.

The installation of Canada’s largest urban geothermal field beneath King’s College Circle will save an estimated 15,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, making a significant contribution to greening the campus.

The introduction of new granite pathways dotted with beautiful gardens and generous seating, and the dramatic reduction in vehicle traffic will transform the Circle into a beautifully integrated and more sustainable green space, befitting U of T’s standing as one of the world’s great universities. The space will continue to serve as the thriving hub of campus life for generations to come.

Hart House

A revitalized Hart House landscape will include a series of interconnected paths, new seating areas and gardens, serving as a space for quiet moments of conversation, study, and reflection. Hart House Circle is being reconfigured to create “The Grandchildren’s Garden,” generously supported by The Honourable David Peterson and Shelley Peterson, and a new plaza at the existing observatory.

Hart House Green is in the process of being redeveloped as the Indigenous Landscape project, paying tribute to the Indigenous nations that lived alongside Taddle Creek, while creating a gathering space for Indigenous students, faculty and community members.

Temerty Faculty of Medicine

The Medical Sciences district is being transformed with new amenities and enhancements, including new gardens and green spaces, a revitalized courtyard, and The University of Toronto Students’ Union Welcome Path, a new accessible ramp connecting the Queen’s Park subway to campus.

These enhancements will make the area even more beautiful, inclusive, and inviting for students, faculty, staff and the wider community. These elements, together with many more enhancements, will transform our open spaces into much greener, more accessible and socially dynamic places.

Tower Road

Beautiful greenery and the installation of granite pavers along Tower Road serve to elevate the pedestrian corridor bfacing the Back Campus fields. The newly named Scace Walk, which leads from Hoskin Avenue to the new RG MacDonald Plaza at the Soldiers’ Tower, features a granite pathway and new bleachers provide a comfortable place to socialize and enjoy sporting events.

As construction on the Landmark Project continues, we’re excited and energized to see the incredible transformation coming to life. Thank you for your continued support and interest in this historic initiative.

Originally posted by the Landmark Project