Revitalized College Park is the urban oasis downtown has been missing

Jul 11 2019, 3:59 pm

A multi-year revitalization project that has completely revamped College Park is now complete.

Tucked away in the heart of downtown, the revamped park has opened to the public and boasts not only an incredible new design but also ample room for residents to sit, walk, and play.

Referred to as an “exhilarating and engaging outdoor experience that regenerates a vital public space,” the main new feature of the park is the impressive ice rink redevelopment.

This includes a five-metre-wide trail, named after iconic Canadian figure skater Barbara Ann Scott, that winds throughout the park.

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This skate trail is designed to be a walking loop in summer and is the first exterior rink in Ontario to incorporate state-of-the-art CO2 technology in its refrigeration system.

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Adjacent to the trail is a dynamic architectural construction of wood, glass, and stainless steel that has been designed as the new rink house, which includes a warming station, and Zamboni storage.

Park-goers can also enjoy the new water fountain, sculptures, and seating areas. There is also a place for kids to play, complete with numerous rides.

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Mayor John Tory said the park is “an excellent example of the well-designed public spaces” that can be created in the city.

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“I am excited to see College Park become a networking hub for local residents and visitors to the city,” said Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 11 University-Rosedale).

“This revitalization brings with it a space for people to participate in recreational activity, or spend a moment relaxing in a unique urban environment.”