THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
THE GOOD: Dogs seem to get all the attention in this city, what with their beachside offleash parks, custom-designed doggie fountain at Berczy Park and social media accounts by the hundreds. Finally, the felines are getting a little scratch sent their way. A new cat-themed park will connect Wellington and King west of Spadina. It is designed by Claude Cormier, a landscape architect from Montreal, and is meant to complement that dog-themed redo of Berczy. The promenade will feature 15 to 20 cat statues and celebrate all things feline.
THE BAD: The beloved 110-year-old carousel that is a featured part of the Centreville amusement park on Centre Island is reportedly being sold for a whopping $3 million. With the Island being closed to visitors for months, the cash-strapped operator apparently needs a serious cash infusion. The carousel, featuring 52 hard-carved animals, has entertained generations of families in Toronto since it first arrived in 1966. The carousel is headed to Carmel, Calif., according to reports, but visitors have until this November to take a final ride.
THE BIZARRE: First, a runaway real estate market allowed Hamilton a moment in the sun when some less-travelled sorts dubbed it Toronto’s own Brooklyn. Now that the folks of Hammer-ville have clearly drunk from the wacky Kool-Aid, someone with a Six complex has decided that the city one hour to the west needs a massive illuminated sign that’s pretty much a carbon copy of the one sitting in Nathan Phillips Square. In addition to being a very un-Brooklyn maneouvre, the sign envy is a signal that the rush to Hamilton is so over.