The College Park Revitalization is no longer just a dream – it is a reality that is moving forward for residents of the Yonge and Bay Street Condo Corridors. Tucked in the square between Gerrard & College and Bay & Yonge, College Park has been left dormant for years in a poor state of repair that is unbecoming of the expensive condo towers that neighbour or overlook the park.
With a small budget of $3 Million in total, the city plans to remake the park into a space worthy of a downtown urban park that also doubles as a skating rink in the winter months. Also proposed are interactive water features for the summer months, a dog run or leash-free zone, and more trees and greenery to draw people off the main streets and into the park.
Two proposals were unveiled by the city on November 22, 2012 at a community consultation meeting held at the Delta Chelsea Hotel on Gerrard. Of the two plans displayed, each were explained in detail from the urban planners themselves yet only one of the plans seemed to strike a positive chord with the community members present. See if you can guess which of the two plans was more successful:
If you guessed the first concept, you are correct! People were definitely more impressed with the free-flowing layout of the first plan over the structured, minimal green look of the second plan.
The next step in the plan is for the park designers to price out the costs for the project, face a number of peer review boards on their semi-final plans, and ultimately host another community meeting to present the final drawings and figures for the College Park Revitalization project in May 2013.