De­sign­ing the heart of down­town

San­dra Ye­ung Racco Thorn­hill Ward 4 Coun­cil­lor

Thornhill Post - - News -

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.

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