Basketball on the roof in vertical community
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.