Here you’ll find important updates about the project’s progress.


Clockwise from Top: Rendering of community area – Credit: STUDIO tla; Photos: Demolition of the WB MacMurray Field House building, the hard courts and the ice rink (March to mid-May 2020)

What to expect: Spring 2021

Now that the geoexchange system work has been completed, you’ll see the new community area and revitalized playing field begin to take shape. Featuring a winding path, grassy areas with seasonal plantings, and seating, the community area will be a space all members of the Harbord Village Community and surrounding neighbourhoods can enjoy. Read more about the project’s progress below.

Please contact Sonia Groh, Project Manager, Project Management, University of Toronto,



August 27, 2021: Looking south at the community area from the northeast corner of the community area.


August 27, 2021: Looking northeast at the playing field from the southwest corner of the playing field.

Current updates

Posted:  October 8

On Tuesday October 12, the fast fencing system that currently encloses the playground and community area will be removed. Following its removal, we invite all of our community members to make use of the revitalized space. The tree protection fencing that surrounds the trees will also be removed at this time. We would like to thank our community members for their patience and understanding during our construction efforts and upgrades. We hope you enjoy the new playground and community area!



View our April Community newsletter here.

View our March Community newsletter here.

View our February Community newsletter here.

View our January Community newsletter here.

View our December Community newsletter here.

View our November Community newsletter here.

View our October Community newsletter here.

To learn more about other upcoming developments on St. George campus, please visit the Landmark Project website.

Community Archive

Archive – Community Updates available here.




Reducing U of T’s Footprint: U of T’s Planned Greenhouse Gas Reductions, 2019-24

2019 START OF PLAN: 114,265 tonnes

2024 WHERE WE PROJECT TO BE: 85,223 tonnes

2030 GOAL: 73,684 tonnes

Graph showing planned Tri-campus Greenhouse Gas Reductions, 2019-24Greenhouse Gas Reductions



Spring 2019: Public consultation process to guide design of the community area.

February 2020: Community information session to follow up on consultation and prepare for construction phase.

March – mid-May 2020: Demolition of the WB MacMurray Field House building, the hard courts and the ice rink.

July 2020: Initial project completion date. Unforeseen construction and procurement delays due to COVID-19 pandemic extended project timeline.

July 7, 2020: 153 boreholes installed at Robert Street Field, completing the borehole installation stage of the project.

July 14 – 31, 2020: Removal of the existing residential basement foundations, located along the western side of the Robert Street Field property.

August 3, 2020: Excavation to create trenches to lay the geothermal lateral piping.

August 10 – September 2020: Installation of the geothermal lateral piping system and installation of site services, including a cistern for the irrigation system of the playing field and access manholes.

September 17 – December 2020: Landscaping work on the playing field and the community area.

September 30, 2020: Completion of the installation of the geoexchange lateral piping up to the termination point on the playing field.

October 5 – mid-October 2020: Installation of below-grade electrical service lines for the community area lighting and emergency code blue station. Installation of drainage lines within the community area.

October 23, 2020: Expected completion of drainage lines for the length of the playing field.

October-November 2020: Testing of geoexchange system prior to capping.

Late December 2020: Expected completion of all hard landscaping elements at Robert Street Field.

Mid-January 2021: Installation of shade structures in the community area of Robert Street Field. (*Now updated to begin December 2020.)

Mid-February 2021: Installation of benches in the community area of Robert Street Field.

April to June 2021: Completion of the landscaping work in the playing field and community area.