Ed­wards Gar­dens reimag­ined

Jaye Robin­son Ward 25 Coun­cil­lor

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The Toronto Botan­i­cal Garden (TBG) has al­ways been a gem in Ward 25, and big im­prove­ments are on the way.

Over the past sev­eral years, TBG and City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Re­cre­ation staff have been con­sult­ing with the com­mu­nity to draft a new mas­ter plan for the fu­ture of this vast green space. The study, called Reimag­in­ing the Gar­dens, is tak­ing a holis­tic ap­proach to the long-term plan of Ed­wards Gar­dens, Toronto Botan­i­cal Garden and the ravine sys­tem that ex­tends into Sun­ny­brook Park.

The new mas­ter plan will ce­ment TBG as an in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized botan­i­cal garden and is guided by prin­ci­ples that fo­cus on the eco­log­i­cal re­silience of the land and a vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence that is both ex­cit­ing and ed­u­ca­tional.

The study has fo­cused heav­ily on con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and key stake­hold­ers to en­sure that the new gar­dens will be a place for ev­ery­one to en­joy. The con­sul­ta­tion process high­lighted the need to pro­vide ad­di­tional ser­vices, ameni­ties and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­i­tors to the gar­dens, as well as con­nec­tiv­ity to the ravine sys­tem, Sun­ny­brook Park and the lo­cal trans­porta­tion and tran­sit sys­tem.

Although TBG al­ready plays a vi­tal role in the com­mu­nity, through its weekly farmers’ mar­kets, the We­ston Fam­ily Li­brary and spe­cial events through­out the year, the new mas­ter plan will make it an even more de­sir­able des­ti­na­tion.

Res­i­dents can read more about the Reimag­in­ing the Gar­dens study and mas­ter plan on the City of Toronto web­site.

LO­CAL POL­I­TICS A ren­der­ing of what the mas­ter plan could end up look­ing like NEWS

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