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September 14, 2010
City begins to relocate Peace Garden as part of Nathan Phillips Square revitalization
The City of Toronto has begun to relocate the Peace Garden in Nathan Phillips Square as part of the revitalization project to make Toronto’s premier public space more functional and environmentally sustainable.

Work has started on dismantling the existing Peace Garden, now located in the middle of the square, and on relocating some of the existing elements to the new location, as well as replanting some of the existing trees to the new garden or elsewhere on the site.

The move will result in an enlarged and enhanced Peace Garden, which will be located in the square’s new western landscaped area adjacent to Osgoode Hall and the new Law Courts Sculpture Garden.

The relocated Peace Garden will be organized around a long reflecting pool and set between two elevated planting areas that will be filled with flowering trees and native plants. At the centre, a granite bridge will span the pool and connect to the relocated pavilion that will be nestled within the trees. At the north end of the pool, a rekindled eternal flame will sit within a vessel of water that cascades into the new reflecting pool.

The City will open the relocated Peace Garden to the public in 2011. Along with the official opening of the revitalized Nathan Phillips Square in late 2012, there will also be a ceremony to commemorate the garden’s role as a symbol of Toronto's commitment to world peace.

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Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, Finance and Administration, 416-392-4993,
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