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June 25, 2006
City of Toronto officially opens the Downsview Memorial Parkette MOTH Gardens
The City of Toronto officially opened the Downsview Memorial Parkette MOTH Gardens, a unique integrated public art and landscape project that commemorates the memorial nature of the parkette and celebrates the area’s historical connection to the aerospace industry and its continually changing and vibrant community.

Downsview Memorial Parkette was dedicated in 1946 to honour local servicemen and women who gave their lives in the Second World War. A commemorative fountain was the focal point of the parkette, but this feature soon fell into disrepair and was filled with soil in 1970. In 2004, Toronto City Council gave approval to redevelop this parkette. This initiative was championed by local Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9, York Centre).

The redevelopment plan called for a public art landscape project that would make a busy, wind-swept intersection friendly to pedestrians, and act as a gateway to the Downsview community by injecting green and living materials into an otherwise paved environment.

The design for the parkette, by Toronto-based artist Jeannie Thib and landscape architect Scott Torrance, was selected by a committee of arts professionals and community members through a public art competition.

The revitalization of the parkette was a collaborative project of the City of Toronto’s Culture, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and City Planning divisions.

The opening ceremony was part of the Downsview Festival, which featured local school groups, street musicians and novelty acts.

Media contacts:

Office of Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9, York Centre)

Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline



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