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College Park Revitalization Public Meeting – Landscape Concept Workshop

How far does $3 Million in Section 37 Money go when you’re redesigning a semi-hidden Downtown Toronto Park?

The Section 37 Money was negotiated during the previous term of Council, it adds up to about 2.9 Million Dollars. It comes by way of the Aura Condominium Tower being constructed immediately to the south-east of the existing green (and concrete) space.

Thursday evening saw 100 College Park area residents turn out for a Landscape Design Workshop inside the Delta Chelsea Inn Hotel.

Two Concept Designs were presented.

By evening’s end, a show of hands requested by Ward 27 City Councillor Krystin Wong-Tam confirmed the room wanted Design Option ‘1’. It was unanimous (minus one design staffer who raised her hand for option ‘2’).

College Park currently is in disrepair and in need of serious Tender Loving Care. We’ll see that TLC on May 1, 2013 when the final and go ahead design proposals are presented in the concluding College Park Revitalization Public Meeting.

A few things came to mind listening to the presentation.

First, Despite its official street address of 420 Yonge Street, College Park is hidden from the streets that surround it. Similar to Trinity Square Park two and a half blocks south, one must discover this location.

There were no youth at tonight’s meeting, yet there were complaints about youth smoking up in the park at odd hours of the night. Well, the street address is “420” Yonge Street. Technically, making College Park part of Yongesterdam.

College Park itself sits atop of an underground parking lot. In other words, it’s a platform.

Reminded me of last month’s Hudson Yards NYC talk. Oxford Properties is building an entire Concrete Platform atop the railyards. Might this be an opportunity for design engineering principles there to inform the ultimate park design here?

We’ll find out on May 1, 2013.

College Park Revitalization Public Meeting – Thursday November 22 2012

A public meeting to review preliminary design concepts for College Park Revitalization was held on Thursday, November 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Delta Chelsea Inn, Downtown Toronto.

Storified by HiMY SYeD · Thu, Nov 22 2012 21:16:59

HiMY SYeD — College Park, Barbara Ann Scott Rink, Aura Condominium Tower, Toronto November 22 2012himysyed
College Park getting a $3M upgradeThe skating rink and surrounding landscape at downtown’s College Park are set to receive a $3-million makeover. The city is holding a pub…
November 22 – College Park Redesign Public Consultation Meeting. http://bit.ly/TcFUNF #Ward27 #parkimprovementsKristyn Wong-Tam
College Park is getting a $3 million makeover http://ward27news.ca/college-park-is-getting-a-3-million-makeover #ward27 #urbanparksKristyn Wong-Tam
ward27news.ca " College Park is getting a $3 million makeover
College Park is getting a $3 million makeoverCollege Park has seen better days. Litter pervades the muddy leftover water in the Barbara Anne Scott rink, named after Canada’s only Oly…
Reminder: Public meeting tonight to review conceptual designs for revitalized College Park & open space. More: http://bitly.com/XtOUEQ #Ward27City of Toronto
Parks, Forestry & Recreation : College ParkA public meeting to review preliminary design concepts will be held on Thursday, November 22,6:30 – 8:30 pm at Delta Chelsea Inn College …
@TorontoComms Public meeting tonight review conceptual designs for revitalized College Park &open space http://bitly.com/XtOUEQ #Ward27 #TOPolithe free’Scool
Big changes coming to College Park thanks to our team! Special thanks to NYC’s @PPS_placemaking & MBTW Group for design ideas. #Ward27Kristyn Wong-Tam
Amazing turnout from the community at the College #Park #Landscape Concept Workshop @downtownyonge #ward27 #design http://pic.twitter.com/0ARXZwVZEvanWeinberg
+1RT @Evan_Weinberg Amazing turnout from the community at the College #Park #Landscape Concept Workshop #ward27 #design http://pic.twitter.com/ZYj1nhYJDowntown Yonge BIA
HiMY SYeD – College Park Landscape Concept Workshop, Delta Chelsea Toronto Thursday November 22 2012himysyed
Visible reaction from @kristynwongtam as architect explains that art was not important to #Ward27 residents in redesign of College Park.Christopher Fowler
HiMY SYeD — College Park, Summary of Results from Visioning Exercise, Toronto November 22 2012himysyed
To be fair, examples of public art on the slide were pretty awful. @kristynwongtam #Ward27 #artmattersChristopher Fowler
First of 2 options, Concept Plan for redesign of College Park via Section 37 money. #TOpoli #ward27 http://twitpic.com/bfizpaHiMY SYeD
First of 2 options, Concept Plan for redesign of College Park via Section 37 money. #TOpoli #ward27HiMYSYeD
HiMY SYeD — College Park Revitalization, Concept Plan – Option 1, Toronto Thursday November 22 2012himysyed
#MBTWgrp architect suggests synthetic grass as a solution for concern re: maintenance costs. #notsold #CollegeParkChristopher Fowler
Concept Plan Option 2, College Park redux via Aura $2.9 Million of Section 37 money. #TOpoli #ward27 http://twitpic.com/bfj1vnHiMY SYeD
HiMY SYeD — College Park Revitalization, Concept Plan – Option 2, Toronto Thursday November 22 2012himysyed
Concept Plan Option 2, College Park redux via Aura $2.9 Million of Section 37 money. #TOpoli #ward27HiMYSYeD
@HiMYSYeD is that a skating rink?Lee Marshall
@byLeeMarshall Yes. Both design concepts include a Skating Rink. Current #CollegePark rink is neglected & is in disrepair. #ward27 #TOpoliHiMY SYeD
@HiMYSYeD thanks for the info. (i couldn’t tell from the photograph.) glad they are keeping the rink!Lee Marshall
First resident to ask q at #CollegePark meeting expresses concerns re: concrete, dogs, and youth. #Ward27Christopher Fowler
Questioner raises fact that ZERO youth are in room while we are making decisions for Youth elements in College Park redesign #TOpoli #ward27HiMY SYeD
Hot topics at #CollegePark meeting: light, youth, dog poo. #Ward27Christopher Fowler
Aimed for time line for Completion of #CollegePark redesign will be end of 2015, after @TO2015 summer games. #TOpoli #ward27HiMY SYeD
Sitting in a room full of rich old white people griping about youth is really discouraging. Mixed communities make TO vibrant. #CollegeParkChristopher Fowler
Questioner asks if "Possible" more money for #CollegePark Improvements afterwards? Answer, "Yessss… It’s Possible" #ward27 #TOpoliHiMY SYeD
In my opinion, with an existing circa $300 Milllion State of Good Repair Backlog for Toronto Parks, this redesign is "it". #ward27 #TOpoliHiMY SYeD
Questioner, "We’re trying to make a family friendly park. The dogs are here … The [toddler/young] children are coming" #ward27 #TOpoliHiMY SYeD
Questioner requests "Interim" lighting & enforcement of Regs viz. Safety before 2015 time line for #CollegePark completion. #TOpoli #ward27HiMY SYeD
Make-up of tonight’s #CollegePark Pubic Mtg is 9 to 1: Residents to People who work in area. I’m the "outlier" being neither #TOpoli #ward27HiMY SYeD
Answers & Summary of tonight’s #CollegePark Concept Public meeting… #TOpoli#ward27 http://twitpic.com/bfjfkhHiMY SYeD
HiMY SYeD – College Park Revitalization, Summary of Open Forum Q&A Toronto Thursday November 22 2012himysyed
Answers & Summary of tonight’s #CollegePark Concept Public meeting… #TOpoli#ward27HiMYSYeD
Tonight’s Feedback goes to DRP, Design Review Panel &c… Final Proposals May 1 2013 #ward27 #TOpoli http://twitpic.com/bfjm68HiMY SYeD
HiMY SYeD — College Park Revitalization, Next Steps in Process, Toronto Thursday November 22 2012himysyed
Tonight’s Feedback goes to DRP, Design Review Panel &c… Final Proposals May 1 2013 #ward27 #TOpoliHiMYSYeD
#TOcouncil lor @kristynwongtam asks show of hands, almost all go up for Concept 1. #ward27 #TOpoli http://twitpic.com/bfjmpzHiMY SYeD
#TOcouncil lor @kristynwongtam asks show of hands, almost all go up for Concept 1. #ward27 #TOpoliHiMYSYeD
HiMY SYeD – Krystin Wong-Tam, College Park Revitalization, Ward 27 Toronto Thursday November 22 2012himysyed
Almost 100 people came out to our College Park re-design meeting! Diverse feedback for our talented landscape architects. #Ward27Kristyn Wong-Tam
Full (Abridged) Video of Public Meeting:
HiMY SYeD — College Park Rivitalization Public Meeting, Downtown Toronto, Thursday November 22 2012himysyed

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