Grange Park reopens after $12.5M revitalization

By News Staff

More than 600 people were on hand to cut a giant ribbon and open the brand new Grange Park on Saturday afternoon.

The $12.5-million revitalization of the park — right behind the Art Gallery of Ontario which owns it — has been in the works for more than 14 years.

“It was in a bad state of repair,” said Coun. Joe Cressy.

“Through the generous contributions of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the [W. Garfield] Weston Foundation and the City of Toronto, we’ve created a new spectacular destination, full of giant pieces of art … to dog parks to children’s playgrounds. It’s got it all.”

It includes sculpture, fountains, a state-of-the-art playground with a splash pad and, of course, lots of green space.

Those involved in the project hope the park becomes a destination for the whole city — not just those who live in the neighbourhood — to visit.

“I think it’s the best park in Toronto,” said AGO Director Stephan Jost.

“One hundred and fifty thousand people live within walking distance of this park, and 90 per cent of those people don’t have outdoor space. So it’s really important that we provide a place for kids and families and everybody to hang out and enjoy.”

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