If you’re planning to propose to your sweetheart, this new green space will be the place to do it
Downtown Toronto isn’t known for its whimsy, but Love Park may change that. Designed by landscape architecture firm Claude Cormier + Associés’ (CCA) in collaboration with Gh3, the new park, a project lead by Waterfront Toronto, replaces a Gardiner offramp and park space at York Street and Queens Quay West with a two-acre site transformed with pathways, an enclosed off-leash space for dogs, a pavilion and, most notably, a huge heart-shaped pond.
Yes, Love Park will certainly live up to its name, and will very likely be the site of countless selfies. But the romantically-inflected green space will function on a practical, day-to-day level, too. The 165-metre border of the pond is clad in crimson anti-slip glass mosaic tiles and designed to function as outdoor seating (which, in this era of social distancing, is sorely needed). In addition, the Gh3-designed pavilion – a steel wireframe pergola that, in time, will support clusters of wisteria – will provide some shelter alongside 37 new trees, including silver maples, black walnuts and American elms. Above it all, an illuminated heart will be suspended, marking the park’s distinct design for passersby.
Since CCA and GH3 won the design competition in 2018, the pavilion has evolved from a structure with mirrored steel cladding, a bright red interior and a roof that collected rainwater for use in the park.