Concord Adex Development

September 10, 2009 11:04 ET

Toronto Celebrates as Concord CityPlace Opens First New Downtown Park in Decades

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - Toronto indeed has cause to celebrate. Today Concord CityPlace presents a Sneak Preview of the first major public park in the downtown core in decades.

"The as yet unnamed 8-acre park is the result of five years of planning and construction and was built at a cost of about $8 million," says Terry Hui, president and CEO of Concord Adex Inc., creator of Concord CityPlace.

"It is the shining jewel in Concord CityPlace's crown," he says. "From the outset we wanted Concord CityPlace to be a remarkable place to live and what better way to ensure that necessary quality of life for our residents than with a very large, green central park.

"Parks are distinguishing features of the best places to live in the best cities in the world. New York has Central Park, London has Hyde Park and Green Park, Paris has the Tuileries and Luxembourg Gardens, Rome has the Borghese Gardens and now Toronto has this wonderful park at Concord CityPlace.

"It is something all the people of Toronto can share and take pride in."

Participating in the sneak preview of the new park were Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Douglas Coupland, the Vancouver writer and artist, whose vision inspired the design of the park and Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox, for whom the park's running/jogging track is named.

Attendees were encouraged to walk the park's tree-lined paths, to enjoy its range of public art, take in the dancing jets of the water feature and walk the Terry Fox Miracle Mile, a track that winds through the park and is punctuated by glass-encased pedestals commemorating moments in young Terry Fox's heroic cross-Canada run to raise awareness of and money for the fight against cancer.

Concord CityPlace will hold a competition to choose the best name for the new park, says Mr. Hui. The judging panel will include a range of household names from the arts, music, the stage and television.

The new park runs north from Fort York Boulevard and sits about halfway between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst streets. To the north, it is anchored by Concord CityPlace's spectacular Parade condominium.

The southern border is an unbroken stretch of open space allowing park-goers to enjoy the green vistas stretching north towards the heart of the city.

The central theme of the new park, as envisioned by Mr. Coupland, is a celebration of Canada and especially of Toronto's two centuries of history. It seems to seamlessly connect the roots of Toronto as represented by nearby Fort York and the shoreline where then Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe founded the city with the inspiring towers of the central business core to the east.

Corporate art consultant Karen Mills was responsible for suggesting and selecting the public art and for the overall coordination of the project and Vancouver landscape architect Greg Smallenberg of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg handled the physical landscape design.

"The park celebrates both the rich past and the promise of the future," says Mr. Hui. "While residents of Concord CityPlace may be the chief beneficiaries because of their proximity, all the people of Toronto can come down to Concord CityPlace and enjoy the many pleasures and diversions it offers."

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