New Park Coming to York Street – Updates
I’m pleased to share that the work is moving forward to create our new park on York Street. The open green space formerly encircled by the Gardiner Expressway off-ramp has been re-envisioned, and will soon become a new park to be enjoyed by local residents, workers, and the many visitors to our City’s central waterfront.
An international design competition was held, and the “Love Park” proposal by Claude Cormier + Associés, Landscape Architects, was selected as the winning submission. The key features of the new open public space include:
- A large, shallow, heart-shaped pond will lie at the parks centre and both existing and newly planted trees will provide a green canopy to help screen out the surrounding buildings and bustling city streets.
- A swirling pathway network will provide opportunities for pedestrians to move through the park quickly or stroll and enjoy the respite from the streets.
- Seating areas and a terrace will be present for casual lunches by employees of the neighbouring offices, for meet-ups, people watching, or just quiet contemplation.
- A designated Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA).
Construction is expected to begin in May 2021, with completion expected in Summer 2022. Stay tuned for updates.