In keeping with the provincial Stay-at-Home order, the City is working to prevent crowding and gathering in High Park by offering a virtual view of the blooms. The park will still remain open for local pedestrian and cyclist access for essential fresh air and exercise.
The public can expect areas of the park where cherry trees are to be enclosed by fencing to prevent in-person viewing of the trees. The three areas in High Park which feature cherry blossom trees are Cherry Hill, near the sports fields and at the Jamie Bell Playground which will be fenced off. All park gates and entrances will also be closed to vehicle traffic for the duration of the blooms.
Given the current wave of COVID-19 in Toronto, amplified by variants of concern, access to areas of High Park with cherry blossom trees will not be permitted during their pre- and peak-bloom period because maintaining proper physical distancing in these areas will not be possible. Local visitors are encouraged to walk or bike to the park. The closure dates are weather-dependent and will be announced when the bloom period is determined.
To encourage residents to stay home and stay safe, the City will provide a 24-hour 4K ‘BloomCam’ of the blossoming trees in High Park at www.toronto.ca/cherryblossoms allowing residents to experience the #BloomAtHome. Rogers and the Toronto Public Library Bookmobile will again power the internet connectivity required to bring the virtual experience into viewers’ homes.
City enforcement officials and the Toronto Police Service will be onsite to prevent vehicle access to the park and ensure people stay away from the fenced off areas of the park. People are required to maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from people they do not reside with. Masks are encouraged outdoors in situations where physical distancing is difficult and are mandatory while using washroom facilities and while waiting in line.
More information about cherry blossoms and plans for this year will be available at www.toronto.ca/cherryblossoms