Sunday, September 08, 2019

College Park urban oasis

In July Mayor John Tory and other VIPs officially opened College Park in downtown Toronto. It took a few years and now features a five-metre wide skate trail, warming stations and water fountain with sculptures. The public space was created with a partnership between the city and the Downtown Yonge BIA and others along with funding from Canderel Stoneridge. I love the elevated lily pads perched above the fountain.
The original bowl skating rink is gone and the concrete wasteland is gone, home now to a beautiful downtown park with multi-use spaces and next to a children's playground. "The College Park revitalization is an excellent example of the well-designed public spaces we can create when we work together with a focus on community and what we know our residents want." - Mayor John Tory.

From the City of Toronto; "Among the key elements of the new College Park is the ice rink redevelopment as a five-metre-wide trail, named after iconic Canadian figure skater Barbara Ann Scott. This skate trail, designed to be a walking loop in summer, is the first exterior rink in Ontario to incorporate state-of-the-art CO2 technology in its refrigeration system. Adjacent to the trail, a dynamic architectural construction of wood, glass and stainless steel has been designed as the new rink house/warming station/Zamboni station. Additional park features include a water fountain and accompanying sculptures."

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