WalkShops have featured prominently in the Dept's work to draw people together and discuss ideas.
The Dept regularly uses participatory walks, or WalkShops, in facilitation work as a valuable method for drawing people together to observe and discuss ideas for local improvements and programming. They typically involve 20 to 30 people visiting four to six sites within an area to discuss what’s working and not working well. The format allows feedback to be generated and captured both verbally and written in publicly available summaries.
WalkShops have been incorporated on various projects including:
Grand Avenue Park Master Plan (Toronto/PMA Landscape Architects)
Creative Placemaking (Artscape)
Yorkdale Mall Master Plan (Oxford Properties/Urban Strategies)
Under the Gardiner/Bentway Preview (Public Work/MASS LBP)
Davenport Community Rail Crossing (Metrolinx/MASS LBP)
Markham Village (Westbank Developments)
Midtown In Focus – Yonge & Eglinton (Toronto/Public Work/Swerhun Facilitation)
Wayfinding Strategy (Toronto/Swerhun Facilitation)
Ramsden Park Revitalization (Toronto/PMA Landscape Architects)
St James Park Revitalization (Toronto/PMA Landscape Architects)
Church-Wellesley Neighbourhood Planning Study (Planning Partnership/519 Church)