Created April 22, 2021
From late April to spring/summer 2022, access to the outdoor space behind the hospital will be significantly limited because of the two-storey addition being built on the north side of the hospital as part of its research expansion plans.
Starting April 26th, the pathway and outdoor sitting area between the playground and the Spiral Garden will be closed off to staff, volunteers, students and clients and families.
Below is a list of outdoor spaces and activities as well as an indoor route for everyone to get some exercise and fresh air.
Front Courtyard (Next to Bloorview School Authority)
Available only to: staff, students, volunteers and in-patient clients
To provide more spaces to eat meals and relax, a temporary space in the hospital’s front courtyard next to the Bloorview School Authority has been created for staff, volunteers, students and inpatient families to use.
- Maximum number of people at a time: 25 Open: April 15 to Sept. 1, 2021
- Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
*Note: After July 1st, the hours will be extended to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To access the front courtyard:
- Pick up your colour-coded outdoor pass from the screening area before exiting by the pool. (Please avoid going through the Bloorview School Authority to leave the hospital).
- Follow the designated path (yellow crossing lines pictured to right) towards the front courtyard. Be sure to return the outdoor pass to the screeners when you re-enter the building through the main doors.
- Please wear a mask at all times (except when eating) and stay six feet apart
- Smoking is not permitted
The Spiral Garden will be open to staff, volunteers, students and clients and families as an outdoor space until July 4th. Starting July 5th until September 3rd, the garden will not be available during the day due to the hospital’s summer camp programming. (The only exception is Aug. 2 to 6th when the summer camp is not in session).
The hospital has created both outdoor and indoor routes for staff, volunteers, students as well as clients and families to explore.
The outdoor routes will take folks through different scenic routes around the quiet residential streets surrounding the hospital as well as off-road trails close by (please note this trail is not accessible to everyone). Along the way, clients and families can play a fun I Spy game by spotting some of the items highlighted on this route, such as a tree or a bird.
The hospital also has mapped out a two-kilometre indoor route that takes folks through different floors in the building and encourages families to spot unique features along the way, such as a fish tank, a LEGO mural or a large wooden sphere that looks like a chocolate orange!