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Saturday, May 30, 2015

The top 5 new parks in Toronto

new park torontoThere's an abundance of new parks in Toronto that keep the city green even in the midst of its massive condo development boom. If you've seen enough of Trinity Bellwoods and High Park, stray from the old favourites and check out some of these new outdoor spaces decked out with aquatic centres, public barbecue facilities, art installations and other cool stuff.

Here are my picks for the top new parks in Toronto.

Corktown Common
This two-year-old park in the West Don Lands 'hood is like the backyard of every Torontonian's dreams: dotted with over 700 trees, Corktown Common has a playground and splash pad, an athletic field, a barbecue, a fireplace and other fun summertime tools. But take note: the park will be closed June 1 -- September 30 for the Pan Am Games.

Aga Khan
You'll feel like you're in a whole other country once you've stepped foot in this brand-new space, which was designed after traditional Mughal gardens. There isn't a playground to be seen at this park, which caters more to those folks who want a scenic walk amidst some interesting landscape architecture.

Regent Park's Central Park
This park was finalized in 2013, adding to the revitalization project that was going on in the neighbourhood at the time. There's an aquatic centre that spills out into a community area with a splash pad, which then leads into natural park space.

Sherbourne Common
Not only does this five-year-old park house Toronto's first stormwater treatment facility, but the facility itself is pretty to look at. With a 240-metre water channel, three massive public art installations and a pavilion, this is one of the few places where you'll be entertained enough by just sitting there and soaking in your surroundings.

June Callwood Park
Possibly one of the most interesting parks in the city, this park -- which opened this past fall -- isn't the place to visit if you want to lay in the grass. The ultra-mod space features some seriously contemporary landscape design, an abundance of adolescent trees and lots of pink.

What did I miss? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

by Amanda Storey via blogTO

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