Toronto’s St. Andrew’s Playground Park is about to get an entirely new look.
The park, which was the site of Toronto’s first-ever public playground, will be closing on Tuesday, March 16 to undergo a series of improvements from the city, including an expansion into the parking lot that currently sits on the west side of the property at Adelaide Street West and Maude Street.
Once the revamp is done, park-goers can expect to find an even bigger park with updated seating and gathering areas, an improved dog run, enhanced greenery, and new playground equipment.
In the southwest corner of the new St. Andrew’s Playground Park — where the parking lot currently is — will be the new dog run, equipped with benches for sitting and a water fountain for both people and dogs.
Towards the centre of the park will be the new play area, outfitted with nature-inspired play equipment largely built out of natural wood. The ground will be made out of a rubberized surface to allow easier accessibility and cleaning.
Sitting and gathering areas will be sprinkled throughout the park, and will include benches, picnic tables, lounge chairs, and an Indigenous storytelling circle and fire pit.
At night, the park will be illuminated by hanging lights, strung up throughout the space.
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Construction on the park is expected to last several months, going until late fall of this year, and the park will be closed for the entirety of that time, according to the City.
But from the looks of the new improvements, they will be well worth the wait.