Sunday, June 30, 2019

Pillars in Love Park

Demolition of the York-Bay-Yonge off ramp of the Gardiner Expressway in 2016-2018 left a plot of land where the ramp circled 270 degrees and merged into northbound York Street. The initial plan was to remove the ramp and pillars and to create a park in the open space with extensive tree cover and a large, heart-shaped pond. Designed by Claude Cormier and Associates the area was to be called "Love Park".

Residents of Toronto decided that they wanted to leave the circular pattern of pillars in place, much like those found at the eastern end of the Gardiner along Lake Shore Boulevard, and they started a petition to try to make it so. Also petitions were made to remove the pillars, or bents, and go with the original Love Park design. I don't know if they will remove them, but for now they are still solidly in place and I like them.

 City of Toronto Youtube timelapse video of the demolition

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