Anthony Marcusa –
The public input phase for the redesign of College Park is complete— but many of the finer details of the revitalized complex are still to be determined.
Roughly 70 people took part in the final public consultation and concept workshop on April 23 at the Delta Chelsea hotel, where the latest developments in the public plan for the area bounded by College, Yonge, Gerrard,and Bay streets were discussed.
The framework allows for a “clear , visual connection for those who will use the park to get from point A to point B,” according to
the joint presentation made by city staff and MBTW Group landscape architects. It will also feature a “significant green component” with a balance between “soft” or grassy areas and hard surfaces.
The architect’s goal is to create a sense of “freshness,” with themes of renewal and rebirth throughout the presentation. The future park sets aside space for group gatherings in an event pavilion (which will be replaced by an outdoor skating rink in the winter). It will also make space for area workers and residents and spend time and relax.
Retail areas will spill out on to the pathway along Yonge St. with cafes or eateries lining the walk. A water feature—perhaps a fountain—will attract attention and offer some refreshing fun for kids on hot summer days.
Many of the ideas had been compiled from residents’ thoughts and comments from previous meetings. However, one gentleman warned that
while the vision is promising, the city’s ability to get consent from the surrounding land owners may prove difficult.