Love park is going to live up to its name with a heart-shaped pond, and a heart shaped light suspended above it. The park, which will be two acres of greenery in the middle of downtown Toronto will be a refreshing space in the sea of concrete buildings.
According to Claude Cormier+ Associés, who is designing the park in collaboration with gh3*, Love Park is due for completion sometime during 2022. Formerly known as the off-ramp at the southern foot of York Street and Queens Quay West near Toronto’s waterfront, the park is designed to bring nature into the urban, concrete constructed downtown area, giving workers, families, and visitors a space to relax and be in nature.
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Love park will have walkways and larger paths that can provide space for popup markets in the warmer months. As well as an off-leash dog area, which will be the perfect place for dog and people watching, walks, and outdoor gatherings. The off-leash area will be made with K9 turf, which is the same material used at Aitken Place Park. K9 turf is comfortable for dog’s paws and is made with material that is designed to be odorless. There will also be a dog and human friendly water fountain.
The heart of the park (pun intended) will be a heart-shaped pond with a red tiled outer wall that doubles as seating and will be Toronto’s first literal loveseat. The heart is positioned to be aligned to Toronto’s “true north” and is designed to be a tranquil, beautiful slice of paradise amidst the bustling downtown area. Moveable furniture will be placed about the water feature, allowing for people to comfortably enjoy the park daily.
A Glowing Heart
Above the water will be a pink glowing heart that is designed to look as if it is floating and will cast the pond in a pink light in the evening. Digital renderings of the park feature a planter in the middle of the pond filled with pink heart-shaped flowers, as well as a northern catalpa tree.
The Perfect Gathering Space
Love park will be home to several different types of native, introduced, and non-native moderate trees, including Redmond linden trees, black walnut, dawn redwood, silver maple, and golden weeping willow trees. Introduced and non-native species of plants are considered different to invasive species. While both are plant species that have been introduced by humans, invasive species can have huge negative effects on the native plants and animals in an area, while introduced species has integrated into the native environment. Introduced species can be added to an environment either by humans intentionally, or nature and animals naturally.
The park is designed to be a flexible outdoor gathering space. With park paths being built larger to intentionally include vendor stalls, and events. Love park is set to be an enjoyable space for spending time outdoors. With lush plants and walkways, as well as a covered platform, love park will make an excellent date, or proposal spot.