Concord Adex Development

November 27, 2008 18:04 ET

Concord CityPlace Breaks Ground on Toronto's Newest 8-Acre Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2008) - Concord Adex Developments today broke ground on a treasured gift to the City of Toronto - a new 8-acre park, which will be the centre piece of the Concord CityPlace community west of Spadina Avenue.

The $6-million park stems from a union between the creative vision of Vancouver writer and artist, Douglas Coupland, and the skills of Vancouver landscape architect Greg Smallenberg of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, a leading Canadian landscape architecture firm.

The park will include not just the traditional paths, trails, wooded glades and greenery but also the Terry Fox Miracle Mile, a running/jogging/walking path dedicated to the memory of a Canadian hero, the teenaged Terry Fox, who captured the hearts of the nation with his cross-Canada run to raise funding for cancer research in 1981.

The overall theme is what Mr. Coupland calls "A Library of Canada". The finished park will use not just art works and other added features but also the topography itself to capture a sense of the country and its spirit.

"This new park reflects our commitment right across Canada to create wonderful new residential communities that celebrate the past and pave the way for the future," Alan Vihant, Concord Adex vice-president development and host of the sod-turning ceremony told the assembled guests.

"The creation of parks - of living breathing focal points for community life - is one of Concord Adex's core values," he continued. "Each becomes a treasure, a place to seek solace, to find pleasure and to escape from city streets into nature."

The park itself is a statement.

"We will use earth excavated from Concord CityPlace building sites to create a natural bluff and other features," Mr. Vihant explained. "The topography will reflect the place, the times and the history this site has seen."

Its proximity to Fort York and the Fort's role in Canadian history is only part of the tale the new park will tell. Situated through its 8-acres will be works of art and other visual reminders celebrating the city's history.

Mr. Vihant reminded guests that this was the site of the original settlement of Toronto with a history extending back more than two centuries. Lt. Governor John Simcoe first landed within shouting distance of the park and it was here in the War of 1812 US troops invaded Canada.

The park is the largest ever created by a private developer in the city's history, he added. Construction will begin immediately with completion anticipated for late summer 2009.

Concord Adex also plans a similar sized central park for its newest project, Concord Park Place south of Sheppard Avenue East and west of Leslie Street. It also has created comparable public parks in its home town of Vancouver.

Assisting Mr. Vihant with the sod turning were Mr. Coupland and Toronto Councilor Adam Vaughan. After the ceremony the invited guests toasted the park's future and the achievements of Concord CityPlace in a marquee tent set up to shelter guests from the late November weather.

To view the photo associated with this release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/adex1127.JPG

Concord Adex Developments today broke ground on a treasured gift to the City of Toronto - a new 8-acre park, which will be the centre piece of the Concord CityPlace community west of Spadina Avenue. Participating in the official turning of the sod are: Lynda McDonald, City of Toronto; Jane Perdue, City of Toronto; David Leinster, The Planning Partnership; Karen Mills, Public Art Management; Arash Beheshti, Concord Adex; Alan Vihant, Concord Adex; Councillor Adam Vaughan, City of Toronto; artist/author, Douglas Coupland; James Parakh, City of Toronto.

Contact Information