Bas­ket­ball on the roof in ver­ti­cal com­mu­nity

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - NEWS | TORONTO - May War­ren Metro | toronto

Green space can be hard to find in a city as dense as Toronto, but a planned com­mu­nity cen­tre in Ci­tyPlace looks to pro­vide just that, by think­ing ver­ti­cally.

The Canoe Land­ing Com­mu­nity Re­cre­ation Cen­tre on Fort York Blvd. will have a 6,000-square-me­tre green roof, with plans for a bas­ket­ball court and out­door deck space.

Peter Duck­worth-Pilk­ing­ton a principal at Zas Ar­chi­tects and In­te­ri­ors, said con­struc­tion should start in sum­mer 2017.

“The city of Toronto doesn’t have any­thing quite like this,” he said of the roof, adding the idea is to de­sign it with as much flex­i­bil­ity as pos­si­ble to be able to change with the neigh­bour­hood.

Al­ready, the de­mo­graph­ics of the neigh­bour­hood are chang­ing with more young fam­i­lies and empty nesters mov­ing in, look­ing for out­door space, he said.

The cen­tre is also slated to have com­mu­nity space and two schools, one Catholic and one pub­lic. The Toronto and East York Com­mu­nity Coun­cil ap­proved the nec­es­sary zon­ing by­law amend­ment at its Nov. 15 meet­ing.

Ci­tyPlace Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Gary Pi­eters said he’s keen to see more green space in the condo-rich area, es­pe­cially as more and more fam­i­lies in the city raise kids with­out a back­yard.

He called it a fu­ture “cor­ner­stone” of the neigh­bour­hood that will also help teach young peo­ple about car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment.

The plan comes as the city strug­gles to dp the same thing on a pub­lic, larger scale with the Rail Deck Park.

“This is kind of a mi­cro ver­sion of that,” said Duck­worthPilk­ing­ton. “I think it tests some of these ideas of how do you make these kind of spa­ces ac­ces­si­ble.” A ren­der­ing of the green roof on the Canoe Land­ing Com­mu­nity re­cre­ation Cen­tre.

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