A Toronto park is about to get a total makeover, with one of the proposed design plans calling for the installation of a floating halo light.
The St. James Town West Park, located on Sherbourne Street just south of Bloor, sits on top of a parking garage owned by Medallion Developments Inc. Medallion, which leases the park land to the City, is planning repair work on the parking garage roof that would require the park be torn up, giving the City an opportunity to revision the entire park space.
The city currently has two potential design plans for the new park, which were presented during an April 20 community consultation.
The first option, titled Green Refuge, would prioritize open green spaces in the park. There would be an abundance of new tree plantings and a large open lawn at the centre of the park.
There would also be a play area for kids, a wooden platform, and Indigenous art featured throughout.
The second proposed design, called Paths, centres around a paved plaza in the middle of the park. It would also have a kids play area and Indigenous art, but rather than a wooden platform, there would be a skateboarding spot.
This design for the Toronto park also includes the use of a large, floating halo light that would hang above the central plaza.
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The design process and community consultation is expected to continue on until June, at which point a final, detailed design will be chosen.
Construction is slated to start in May 2022, but no estimated opening date has yet been announced.