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Dec 21, 2023]
A former parking lot on Richmond Street will bring much-needed green space to the city centre, staff say
A former parking lot, now an outdoor patio, will be the site of downtown Toronto’s newest park and the city’s just decided what it’s going to look like.
This week, the city selected the winning design for 229 Richmond Street West, which is currently on lease and operating as the RendezViews patio. The park which will feature not only trees and grass, but an art exhibit, light projections and a raised balcony running over the centre for performances.
Shelley Long, the company’s landscape architect and project lead for West 8, the Dutch company that won the city’s design competition for the site, said the company wanted to name the park with the Indigenous peoples of the area in mind, since so many of Toronto’s place names have colonial origins.