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Toronto is turning a downtown parking lot into a brand new park

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Ainsley Smith Aug 01, 2018 7:54 am 659

A public parking lot tucked away from Toronto’s bustling Spadina Avenue is about to get a much-needed upgrade.

Last week, City Council unanimously approved a motion put forward by Councillor Joe Cressy, who represents Ward 20, that would transform the parking lot into a new public park.

Cressy’s motion put forward this past Friday also asked the City to advance the development of the park.

“For too long, development was not accompanied by the growth in services and spaces needed to make our downtown neighbourhoods livable,” reads a statement from Cressy.

“Building a park in the heart of the Entertainment District is a crucial step in our work to catch up and build the greenspace our communities need.”

Located at 105 Spadina Avenue (Spadina and Adelaide), the parking lot is currently owned and operated by the Toronto Parking Authority.

It’s 1,358 square metres (one-third of an acre) in size, and Cressey’s motion directs City staff to use funds from a local development to turn this space into a park in the coming years.

As part of the work, City staff will look into how it can replace the public parking lot in a new underground location.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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