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Old May 27th, 2016, 05:24 AM   #521
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We have a problem designing nice parks. The old ones around town are decent (Allan Gardens, Queen's Park, Edwards Gardens) but most of the one's built in the last 30-40 years leave a lot to be desired. They lay down some concrete/tarmac paths, install some benches, lay sod and think they've done a good job. Can we not get a well renowned landscape architect to do them? Most of them look like they just got some city workers to head to the nearest nursery and picked out some things they liked.

The quality of design in Toronto keeps getting better but some of our green spaces just don't measure up. It's all so low brow and uninspired. Stuff like this might pass muster in Oshawa or Vaughan but not in Toronto itself.
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We have a problem designing nice parks. The old ones around town are decent (Allan Gardens, Queen's Park, Edwards Gardens) but most of the one's built in the last 30-40 years leave a lot to be desired. They lay down some concrete/tarmac paths, install some benches, lay sod and think they've done a good job. Can we not get a well renowned landscape architect to do them? Most of them look like they just got some city workers to head to the nearest nursery and picked out some things they liked.

The quality of design in Toronto keeps getting better but some of our green spaces just don't measure up. It's all so low brow and uninspired. Stuff like this might pass muster in Oshawa or Vaughan but not in Toronto itself.
I quite like Corktown Common and the Music Garden. What I don't like is this disturbing trend to use gravel instead of sod. One may as well park oneself on a milk crate in a Walmart parking lot. Hmmm, nothing smells quite as intoxicating as freshly raked gravel, especially after a light summer rain.
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Allan Gardens could do with some TLC, but the surrounding area as well requires gentrification.

The nicest parks downtown IMO are St James Park and Queen's Park. Corktown common isn't bad.

And is it too much to ask for some flowers and cultivated gardens? I think the city is too cheap to pay for the upkeep, but we all reap the benefits of beautiful green spaces. Another thing we do too often is throw up baseball pitches - how many do we really need?
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Allan Gardens could do with some TLC, but the surrounding area as well requires gentrification.

The nicest parks downtown IMO are St James Park and Queen's Park. Corktown common isn't bad.

And is it too much to ask for some flowers and cultivated gardens? I think the city is too cheap to pay for the upkeep, but we all reap the benefits of beautiful green spaces. Another thing we do too often is throw up baseball pitches - how many do we really need?
Yes, St. James Park is quite beautiful. I go to Queen's Park nearly every morning and sit in the shadow of the horses ear as I sip my coffee, feed the birds and people watch. It's a very busy place with all of the students, tourists and locals walking their dogs and their kids.
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I quite like Corktown Common and the Music Garden. What I don't like is this disturbing trend to use gravel instead of sod. One may as well park oneself on a milk crate in a Walmart parking lot. Hmmm, nothing smells quite as intoxicating as freshly raked gravel, especially after a light summer rain.
I love Corktown Common and the Music Garden. You're right about those 2. What do you think of June Callwood Park? I like that they used strong colour but it doesn't work for me as a reprieve from the city. Maybe when the trees grow in a little more it will improve so I'll reserve judgement for now.

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I love Corktown Common and the Music Garden. You're right about those 2. What do you think of June Callwood Park? I like that they used strong colour but it doesn't work for me as a reprieve from the city. Maybe when the trees grow in a little more it will improve so I'll reserve judgement for now.

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I shall have to check out June Callwood Park before commenting though it seems to me that if you are going to use an aggressive colour like hot pink, perhaps lime green might be more successful.

Alas, I can't see our Parks Dept. creating anything as tranquil and serene as the images you posted. I wish. Is anybody, anywhere still designing parks like that?
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When I was in Madrid a few years ago there was this beautiful new park down by this river running through the city. Very modern, very cool. Cities still are building nice urban retreats.

I'm actually happy with the June Callwood park, in that at least it looks like the city tried something new / creative.

I'm remiss in not saying that I think they did a good job with Sugar Beach. I forgot about it, as I didn't really consider it a park, but perhaps it should count. Even still, a huge fuss was raised about the price of the umbrellas. Typical Toronto. We need to break free!


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It's good to see the city willing to experiment and I do like Sugar Beach quite a lot. Where else can one sit on a 'beach' with a view of a massive cargo ship unloading just 50m away? I hope they never get rid of that sugar refinery. Some think it's ugly but I find it awesome.

That said, I don't like sanitized cities.

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I shall have to check out June Callwood Park before commenting though it seems to me that if you are going to use an aggressive colour like hot pink, perhaps lime green might be more successful.

Alas, I can't see our Parks Dept. creating anything as tranquil and serene as the images you posted. I wish. Is anybody, anywhere still designing parks like that?
Lime green and hot pink? I'd need sunglasses even in winter time.

Regarding those old traditional parks, tons of people appreciate/love them so I imagine there are lots of people still interested in building them. Strangely, for all the parks we do have we don't have a single one like those places I posted. I thought that surely by now we'd get 1 or 2 like that in the core but I'm still waiting.
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No, no. You misunderstand. Not lime green and hot pink but lime green instead of hot pink. The former would be way too reminiscent of some of the hallucinogenics I ingested in younger days. That said, I'm very fond of the waterside promenade that extends east from Sugar Beach. I try to park myself on one of those wonderful benches overlooking the water at least once a week. I especially like it when the sun is reflecting off the water. I discovered that if one concentrates on the flashes only and ignore the water background, it is like watching a fireworks display. The longer you watch, the intensity and speed of the flashes increases. It's an interesting example of looking at life through a different lens.
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No, no. You misunderstand. Not lime green and hot pink but lime green instead of hot pink. The former would be way too reminiscent of some of the hallucinogenics I ingested in younger days. That said, I'm very fond of the waterside promenade that extends east from Sugar Beach. I try to park myself on one of those wonderful benches overlooking the water at least once a week. I especially like it when the sun is reflecting off the water. I discovered that if one concentrates on the flashes only and ignore the water background, it is like watching a fireworks display. The longer you watch, the intensity and speed of the flashes increases. It's an interesting example of looking at life through a different lens.
I practice squinting ... but usually when City Place comes into view. Btw, I love that promenade as well. Was there on Sunday and Monday.
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Calgary's a very impressive place. I wouldn't be surprised to see it become the biggest city in the West one day.
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That 1980 picture of Calgary is more like 1970.
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