The flowers are planted, the public art installed and the jungle gym is ready to be climbed. The park at Metrogate, near Kennedy and HWY 401, is now completely finished and opened, just in time for summer.
“The idea was to recreate a ravine type of setting because Toronto has so many ravines,” says Matthew Bernstein, Landscape Architect. “On the corner there’s a public plaza for gathering. You can walk through the pathway below grade then come up to the main access area that leads to the playground. It’s got an amazing playground. The north end is an open space. So kids can kick a ball or play catch or run around on the grass.”
This two acre park is part of Metrogate’s LEED® Silver Neighbourhood Development certification.
The drainage basin of the park is made of crushed, reclaimed building materials, which keeps the materials out of the landfill. It’s not connected to the city’s sewage system. And the park will be illuminated with high efficiency lighting.
“The park is designed to be looked down upon,” says Bernstein. “We wanted to use big swatches of colour in the ravine. So instead of having little groupings we have big swatches of native perennials and grasses in different colours. They don’t require care. Generally everything in the park is water efficient and doesn’t need to be constantly watered.”
Visit the Metrogate presentation centre or telephone them at 416-293-5535 to learn more about this exciting green community.
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