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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

This is what Toronto's new Love Park will look like

The architects for Love Park — the “urban green oasis” that will be located at York Street and Queens Quay — just released new renderings inspired by some of the world’s most well known parks.

Out of 40 international landscape architects and designers, Montreal-based Claude Cormier + Associés was selected to take on the project in October.

The design firm was inspired by the iconic multicolored mosaic benches in Barcelona’s Park Güell, designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí. At the centre of Love Park, there will be a heart-shaped pond with a red rose mosaic border.

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Claude Cormier + Associés' birds  Love Park rendering.

This pond was inspired by the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, a pool of water outside of the 17th-century Luxembourg Palace. The Toronto version will be in the shape of a heart to match the park’s name.

The architects haven’t forgotten that the park will need to adapt to cold temperatures. The pond is going to have a soft bottom, like in New York’s Central Park, which will transition into a natural ice-skating rink in the winter.

The renderings for Love Park reflect aspects of Toronto’s waterfront landscape, with drawings of pale pink umbrellas, just like the ones at Cherry Beach.

The architects are also planning on constructing a tubular structure, similar to the nearby Music Garden’s pavilion at Queens Quay and Lower Spadina Avenue.

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Claude Cormier + Associés' pavilion rendering. 

A garden will be dedicated to dogs on-leashes with a specific soil profile to accommodate the dog zone.

Green and blue camouflage-patterned garbage and recycling containers were included in the plans, despite the fact that the construction budget won’t cover the cost.

Love Park construction is expected to begin in 2020 with a budget of $10 million.

by Hannah Alberga via blogTO

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