08.03.2016 | Toronto Market

Is Toronto getting our own version of New York City’s Highline?

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This week, it was announced that The City of Toronto plans to create a 8.5 hectare park, called Rail Deck Park, which will cover the railway tracks between Bathurst Street and the Rogers Centre.

I for one could not be more excited about this idea. This area is a bit on an eye sore, and the downtown core is lacking in green space. Mayor Tory feels that this is an important project to make the downtown core a more pleasant place to live.

“They [parks] are what make our city livable, enjoyable and sustainable,” he said. “People will be able to gaze at the skyline on the one hand while enjoying the feeling of grass under their feet in one and the same place.”

According to the city’s chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, downtown has the lowest amount of parkland in the city, with 75 per cent of downtown parks smaller than half a hectare.

A report will go to the mayor’s executive committee on Sept. 22, which will include an implementation strategy for the park and plans for public consultations, allowing residents the opportunity to share their thoughts and vision for the space.

It will be about 5 years for the park to come to fruition and we have no idea of the costs associated with the project or where the funding will come from. There is a lot of discussion that will need to happen before the park gets an official green light, but I think this would be a wonderful addition to our city.

What do you think?

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