An underused Toronto parking lot has been totally transformed into a new art-filled community gathering space.
The Jane-Finch Mall’s parking lot, located at the southeast corner of Jane Street and Finch Avenue West, is now home to Corner Commons. A collaboration between the Jane/Finch Centre, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty, Black Creek Community Health Centre, and Perkins&Will, the converted Toronto parking lot now has new seating, plantings, and art.
“Designed and managed by local residents and partners, Corner Commons will provide a much-needed public space in the heart of the Jane-Finch neighbourhood that is neutral, accessible, and inviting to everyone,” the Corner Commons website reads. “With residents facing increasing development and gentrification pressures, it will be a space to talk about the neighbourhood’s past and future, and access key resources and services.”
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Since it opened this summer, the parking lot has hosted a variety of programming but most recently welcomed artist-in-residence Jamal Omar. He will host a photography exhibition at the space on Friday, September 24, from 7 pm to 9 pm.
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There will also be a two-day, end-of-season garden party. On September 21 at noon, there will be a lunchtime tea party, part of which will also be live streamed on Corner Common’s Instagram.
Then on Thursday, September 23 at 4 pm, there will be a drop-in session where attendees can learn all about how plants change to support wildlife.