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July 19, 2006
Mayor Miller unveils the Princes’ Gates Improvement Project
Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, Chair, Board of Governors, Exhibition Place, today unveiled the Princes’ Gates Improvement Project.

Launched in early 2005, a two-stage design competition invited design teams from the twinned cities of Milan and Toronto to submit an Expression of Interest. The design submitted by Sering + Sistema Duemila, Milano - MBTW Group, Toronto, was selected as the winner.

“Toronto and Milan hold a common belief in humane and inspiring urban design,” said Mayor Miller. “The Princes’ Gates Improvement Project allowed both cities to learn from one another, and, as the finished project shows us, the relationship has brought this Toronto waterfront landmark closer to the community and made it even more beautiful.”

The area adjacent to the east side of the Princes’ Gates has been designed as an open space that welcomes the millions of visitors who participate in the many activities and celebrations that take place within the grounds of Exhibition Place. It will also punctuate the western edge of the residential development that is taking place south of Fort York.

The enhancements to the square and environs include: granite seating blocks with LED lights, new street lamps and interpretive granite bands with the names of the ten Canadian provinces. An Italian paving style has been used for Strachan Avenue, with new traffic control features. A flowered wooden pergola that covers the illuminated rest areas and Italian-designed benches finished with Canadian Fir can be found along Strachan Avenue. Ten provincial columns will extend along Lake Shore Boulevard. The sequential spacing of the columns takes its cue from the Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano. Heritage Toronto has provided updated interpretive plaques for Princes’ Gates.

“The vision of the competition was to bring together all the elements that make a great city building - history, contemporary urban development and open space,” said Deputy Mayor Pantalone. “The design we see today respects history, improves the public spaces around the Princes' Gates, and engages the community.”

“The Princes’ Gates Improvement Project is a further expression of the vitality of this extraordinary city,” said Emanuele Punzo, Consul General of Italy to Toronto. “I wish to express my profound appreciation for this meaningful realization which enhances the cooperation between Toronto and Milan, in the framework of their twinning, thus further expanding and deepening the solid relationship between Canada and Italy.”

Media contacts:

Stuart Green
Deputy Communications Director
Office of Mayor David Miller

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone
Board of Governors
Exhibition Place

Consul General of Italy to Toronto
416-977-1566 ext. 242



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