Fashion District to get new park on Adelaide West: dog relief area

Dennis Hanagan —

Designs for a new public park at 525 Adelaide St. West near Bathurst were presented at a public meeting Feb. 3 at Metro Hall.

The park will be part of a new condo project called Musée by Plaza Corp. It’s in the Fashion District so the park will feature a ground pattern with durable clay brick that resembles a fabric design.

Lead landscape architect David Leinster with the Bay St.-based The Planning Partnership showed three layout concepts at the meeting, but they all include tree planters with raised seating edges that glow with lights at the base at night, shrubs and a dog relief area “so they don’t do their business all over the place,” said Leinster.

The small audience suggested including a multi-purpose space for live theatre or bands, and getting King St. restaurants involved. Leinster suggested there might be space for a small café on the north side.

A wooden wall that was in the plan to hide graffiti on a nearby wall might be eliminated after Leinster was told the graffiti was a commissioned work.

Suitable canopy trees could include red sunset maple, northern pine oak, and black locust. Asked how tall they’d be Leinster said about 20 feet from the start.

Shrubs could include yellow twig dogwood, eastern redbud, and witch hazel. Suggested perennials are black ace turtlehead, blue green sedge, and prairie splendor purple coneflower.

The park would be on the development’s east side with Brown’s Lane, Adelaide Place and Adelaide St. as its other boundaries. It’ll be accessible by a walkway from Adelaide St.

The park would be city-owned and maintained by the condo board. It would have to get approval from the city’s parks department if it wanted to make future alterations to the site.

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