New Park in Downtown Toronto

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A new park that has yet to be named runs north from Fort York Boulevard and sits about halfway between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst streets. “The …8-acre park is the result of five years of planning and construction and was built at a cost of about $8 million,” says Terry Hui, president and CEO of Concord Adex Inc., creator of Concord CityPlace.

Participating in the sneak preview of the new park were Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Douglas Coupland, the Vancouver writer and artist, whose vision inspired the design of the park and Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox, for whom the park’s running/jogging track is named.

Concord CityPlace will hold a competition to choose the best name for the new park, says Mr. Hui. The judging panel will include a range of household names from the arts, music, the stage and television.

The central theme of the new park, as envisioned by Mr. Coupland, is a celebration of Canada and especially of Toronto’s two centuries of history. It seems to seamlessly connect the roots of Toronto as represented by nearby Fort York and the shoreline where then Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe founded the city with the inspiring towers of the central business core to the east.

Corporate art consultant Karen Mills was responsible for suggesting and selecting the public art and for the overall coordination of the project and Vancouver landscape architect Greg Smallenberg of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg handled the physical landscape design.

SOURCE: Concord CityPlace

IMAGES CREDIT: George Pimentel

Get a Sneak Peak at a new Toronto Park

If your a Torontonian or passing through  Toronto next Wednesday September 9 you might want to stop by the Concord Cityplace at noon to get a Sneak Preview of the new $8 million 8-acre park that has been designed by Canadian artist/author Douglas Coupland and landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and inspired by Canadian hero Terry Fox, the park will contain not only public art, a water feature, a bluff, tree-shaded pathways and quiet areas but also the Terry Fox Miracle Mile, a jogging/running track dedicated to the courageous one-legged teenager who ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research in the early 80s.

The park runs north from Fort York Boulevard and extends from just west of Spadina Avenue almost to Bathurst Street. Among those helping celebrate the event will be Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox and Douglas Coupland, Vancouver author and artist whose vision inspired the overall look and feel of the park.

WHERE: Concord CityPlace, on the north side of Fort York Boulevard, halfway

between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Streets, Toronto

WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, from noon to 2 p.m.

Toronto green roof initiative closes September 11


The City of Toronto is inviting owners of industrial, commercial and institutional properties to submit an application for funding from the Eco-Roof Incentive Program. The program, which is open to properties that retrofit their buildings with green or cool roof technologies, closes September 11, 2009.

The Eco-Roof Incentive program is a new initiative in 2009, created as a way to encourage Toronto’s business community to become more environmentally sustainable and better adapted to climate change.

Owners who install a green roof, a surface that supports the growth of vegetation, can apply for $50 per square metre up to a maximum of $100,000. Cool roofs, which feature a membrane or coating designed to reflect the sun’s rays, are eligible for $5 per square metre to a maximum of $50,000.

Grants for the Eco-Roof Incentive Program will be awarded twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. The City of Toronto recently announced the successful projects from the first round of applications: 22 projects, including five in the targeted employment districts, were awarded a total of $500,000.

Projects currently under construction include:
• A 704-square-metre green roof on software maker ESRI Canada (employment lands near the Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Avenue), with future plans to add solar panels to the remaining portion of the roof
• A highly visible 630 sq m native grassland and rooftop wetland located on the downtown YMCA building
• A 975 sq m urban agricultural garden and native species meadow on the Carrot Commons (located on the Danforth between Broadview and Pape Avenues)
• An 882 sq m green roof on the Wexford Heights Mall (Lawrence and Warden employment lands)
• A 5008 sq m cool roof on the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club (Wilson and Avenue Road)
• Two cool roof projects in the Tapscott employment area (Markham and Finch) totaling 9400 sq m.

For more information about the Eco-Roof Incentive Program, including eligibility criteria, past projects and how to apply for funding, visit www.livegreentoronto.ca.

SOURCE: City of Toronto
IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – Padriac.

NY has new green space why can’t Toronto?


Vanessa Farquharson of the National Post(Canada) has written an article asking why can’t Toronto get new green space like New York. The article cites the Highline in New York as an amazing new green space in New York and looks at its history and although a the Highline is a new space the idea of raised green space was implemented at Promenade Plantée(4.5km raised garden in Paris).

Farquharson asks should the Gardiner be made green? rather than demolished. She then goes on to ask Matthew Blackett(editor of Spacing magazine) and Les Klein(Quadrangle Architects – WLA reported about his design for a green freeway)

…which parts of the city they would redesign as park space if budget wasn’t a concern

to read their suggestions go to the SOURCE: National Post(Canada) – New York’s getting new green space, so why can’t we? 

Second Wavedeck Simcoe opened in Toronto – West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture reports

Waterfront Toronto, together with the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario and City of Toronto, officially opened the Simcoe WaveDeck, the second and most dramatic urban dock, designed by West 8+DTAH, being built along Toronto’s central waterfront.

The Simcoe WaveDeck, one of four uniquely Canadian wavedecks planned for the area, is as artistic as it is functional. Located just west of Simcoe Street at the water’s edge, the wooden wavedeck features an informal public amphitheatre-style space with impressive curves that soar as high as 2.6 metres above the lake.

Built in less than eight months, the Simcoe WaveDeck joins the Spadina WaveDeck which opened last year in creating more public space along one of the most heavily used parts of the Toronto shoreline. Construction of the third wavedeck at Rees Street is well underway and will open in August.

Image Source: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

For a tour of the Central Waterfront with Adriaan Geuze, Principal at West 8 and Waterfront Toronto Vice-President of Planning and Design, Chris Glaisek,

SOURCE: Youtube – Waterfront Toronto

Text, Image and Video SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / Second Wavedeck Simcoe opened in Toronto

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