Eight-acre park on Shep­pard un­veiled

Large de­vel­op­ment will have plenty of new ameni­ties and a com­mu­nity cen­tre

North York Post - - News - By Ge­orge Redak

The large Con­cord Park Place de­vel­op­ment at Bes­sar­ion Road and Shep­pard Av­enue East has un­veiled its new eight-acre park, as part of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the City of Toronto’s Pub­lic Art Com­mis­sion and the de­vel­oper, Con­cord Adex.

With condo tow­ers al­ready com­pleted and an­other one al­ready be­ing mar­keted to po­ten­tial buy­ers, both the com­mu­nity and the city have been await­ing the fi­nal­iza­tion of this 18-hectare mega-de­vel­op­ment, which will en­com­pass 6,000 homes across 20 build­ings, the new Woodsy Park, a 209,000-square-foot com­mu­nity cen­tre, re­tail and more.

For the now for­mer lo­cal coun­cil­lor, David Shiner, and Con­cord Adex, the scope of this project, al­though aimed at in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion, pro­vides a blue­print for how fu­ture city build­ing in Toronto should hap­pen.

“I think for us, we are pi­o­neers, and build­ing mas­ter plan com­mu­ni­ties like this one is our forte,” said Isaac Chan, vice-pres­i­dent of sales for Con­cord. Con­cord Apex also guided the de­vel­op­ment of Con­cord Ci­ty­place, a 45-acre res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity near the Toronto wa­ter­front with cur­rently over 5,000 units and an eight-acre park.

“There are ar­eas across the city where there should have been a com­mu­nity cen­tre by the city go­ing into place, and land should have been put aside for it,” said for­mer Ward 24 Wil­low­dale coun­cil­lor Shiner, whose ten­ure ended with this past mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion. “I think [Con­cord Park Place] shows that it can be done, it should be done, and it will be done.”

The area around this com­plex has seen un­prece­dented growth: Ac­cord­ing to City of Toronto cen­sus data, the pop­u­la­tion of the sur­round­ing Bayview Village city neigh­bour­hood in­creased by 21.1 per cent be­tween 2011 and 2016 and has been iden­ti­fied as a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment node.

“We un­der­stand that a lot of de­vel­op­ment can’t be stopped, but the city is al­ways stressed to keep up with the de­mand of the en­tire con­tin­uum of hous­ing, condo, af­ford­able and newer for­mats [of liv­ing]” said Vic­to­ria Joly from the Bayview Village As­so­ci­a­tion. “We are re­ally de­lighted to see that this de­vel­op­ment in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion has such sig­nif­i­cant park­land ded­i­ca­tion.”

The eight-acre park fea­tures a turf field, a pi­azza, a skat­ing pad and re­flect­ing pond, play­grounds and plenty of open space and walk­ways, as well as a ro­bust pub­lic art pro­gram. Woodsy Park is ex­pected to open to the pub­lic in spring of 2019.


are ar­eas where there should have been a com­mu­nity cen­tre.”

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