The skating rink and surrounding landscape at downtown’s College Park are set to receive a $3-million makeover.
The city is holding a public meeting Thursday night on plans to spruce up the nearly 30-year-old park tucked behind the buildings near the busy intersection of College and Yonge streets.
Since the park opened, “high-density residential and commercial development has surrounded the park on all four sides, all but cutting it off from the major streets that surround it,” a city project overview states. “This project seeks to reinforce the park’s connections to the surrounding city and to renew its presence in the neighbourhood.”
The goals of the $3-million upgrade include making the park more environmentally sustainable and easier to maintain and improve visibility and design to accommodate more park users.
The Barbara Ann Scott rink — named after Canada’s figure skating Olympic gold medallist — could be moved to another part of the park, according to a report in the Toronto Star.
The money to fund the upgrades is coming from developer Canderel Stoneridge that’s building the 78-storey Aura condominium tower at the corner of Yonge and Gerrard streets. Under a Section 37 agreement with the city, it’s fronting $3 million for the park improvements. The developer will oversee the project, which will be supervised by city parks, forestry and recreation staff.
The city expects the work to be completed by the winter of 2015.