This Park celebrates the Canadian response to the mass migration of Irish migrants in 1847, specifically, its medical profession. After four years of negotiations with the City of Toronto, Canada Ireland Foundation has secured a site measuring 80 x 20 feet, on the same plot of land as Toronto’s first brick hospital, at Adelaide Street West and Widmer Street.
Once completed, Dr. George Robert Grasett Park will commemorate the sacrifice of many remarkable individuals who died while tending to the sick and dying Irish migrants in Toronto during the summer of 1847. These courageous individuals played an important role in the medical history of the city as well as the history of migration and settlement of Toronto.
This parcel of land will allow the Foundation to commemorate the administrative response of the City and those first responders who walked toward danger.