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June 6, 2007
City officially opens Measurement Park
  
Today, Measurement Park, near Kingston Rd. and Queen St. E., was officially opened in a ceremony hosted by Mayor David Miller, Councillor Sandra Bussin (Ward 32 Beaches-East York), Janet Rosenberg of Janet Rosenberg + Associates, Landscape Architects & Urban Designers, Toronto Parking Authority and the Muzzo family. Measurement Park is an orphaned public space fronting Woodbine Park in close proximity to the Beach Neighborhood.

Janet Rosenberg + Associates partnered with the City of Toronto to transform this abandoned area at Eastern Ave. The new landscape was a collaborative effort between the Toronto Parking Authority, the Muzzo family, and Toronto’s Clean & Beautiful City Neighborhood Beautification Program.

“Measurement Park is another example of Toronto’s efforts to beautify neighborhoods by forming partnerships to clean, green and revitalize our public space,” said Mayor David Miller at the official opening. “The true measure of a project’s success is the support it receives from the community. If the community interest in the creation of this green space is any indication, the project is already an overwhelming success.”

The Kentucky coffee trees peppered throughout the park change form and structure with different seasons. The fast-growing Kentucky trees are tough and resilient, adapt well to urban conditions and flower late May through early June. The park’s name is drawn from its identifying feature, the nine foot measuring sticks installed throughout the area. The sticks act as an invitation to step into the park, measure yourself and provide a point of reference marking the coffee trees’ growth over time.

The green space is also the setting for two commemorative trees planted in honor of the Muzzo family’s commitment to area revitalization and in memory of the late Marco Muzzo, developer of the nearby former Woodbine Racetrack lands. Measurement Park is a project of the City of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Beautification Program, designed to engage communities to beautify underutilized spaces in City wards. The program complements the City’s increased efforts to clean and revitalize overlooked City-owned spaces.

For more program information visit, http://www.toronto.ca/cleanandbeautiful/champions.htm#neighbourhood.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.


Media contact:
Robert Mays, Project Officer, Clean & Beautiful City Secretariat, 416-397-5458, rmays@toronto.ca


 

 

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