Botan­i­cal gar­den to span 35 acres

North York Post - - News - Jaye Robin­son Ward 25 Coun­cil­lor

Lo­cated within Ed­wards Gar­dens, at the cor­ner of Lawrence Av­enue East and Les­lie Street in Ward 25, lies a hid­den gem in the city’s park sys­tem — Toronto Botan­i­cal Gar­den (TBG).

TBG is a dy­namic hub that con­nects peo­ple and plants through conservation, re­search and ed­u­ca­tion.

Cur­rently, the gar­den has lim­ited space and re­sources to achieve its full po­ten­tial. For this rea­son, staff from TBG and City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Re­cre­ation has de­vel­oped a holis­tic, long-term plan to trans­form the space into a in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed botan­i­cal gar­den.

The master plan pro­poses a seam­less bound­ary be­tween Ed­wards Gar­dens and TBG, reimag­in­ing the gar­dens as a ma­jor cul­tural at­trac­tion for res­i­dents of Toronto and tourists alike.

In April 2018, Toronto City Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to sup­port the pro­posed master plan, dubbed Grow­ing the Gar­dens, and im­ple­ment it as soon as pos­si­ble.

Now with city coun­cil ap­proval, the master plan will en­able staff to ex­pand TBG from four acres to 35 acres of gar­dens and will in­clude changes to gar­den de­sign, restora­tion and park­ing as well as new gate­ways, path­ways and pro­gram­ming spa­ces.

These changes will al­low TBG to im­prove ameni­ties, ex­pand pro­gram­ming and en­hance the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.

I strongly and hap­pily sup­port the city’s part­ner­ship with TBG and look for­ward to watch­ing this ex­cit­ing new ini­tia­tive come to fruition in the years to come.

Coun­cil­lor Jaye Robin­son at Toronto Botan­i­cal Gar­den in North York

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