Designing the heart of downtown
Sandra Yeung Racco Thornhill Ward 4 Councillor
Located at the northeast corner of Highway 7 and Jane Street, Edgeley Pond and Park is the largest city-owned land and open space in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre ( VMC). As the VMC’s first residential neighbourhood, Edgeley Pond and Park will become the heart of the community and a signature amenity for the new downtown.
The vision is to build a sustainable open space at the centre of the VMC that will function both for storm water management infrastructure and an innovative public space. This unique area will act as a catalyst for the downtown by supporting its growth through ecologically sensitive storm water management design, the creation of dynamic spaces and the seamless integration of parkland amenities.
After an extensive analysis and consultation process, a design concept of sculptures to represent landforms was chosen to define the park development, organizing the social spaces and ecological areas of the site through the shaping of raised topography along Jane Street and Maplecrete Road. Key design elements of the space include the landform-like sculptures as a strong frontage to Jane Street, a skating loop, seamless integration of adjacent park spaces, urban plazas at key locations, informal amphitheatre features, community gardens and more.
Programming of the project will evolve over time as the community grows. As such, the park design includes flexible spaces for a variety of activities. Residents are encouraged to provide input into programming and events.