Remove the York Street Pillars!

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Problem

The circular formation of pillars leftover from the removal of the York Street off-ramp need to go as part of Claude Cormier's winning design of "Love Park" in Toronto. The winning design features a pond ringed with trees as its focal point, and was unanimously selected in a competition by a jury for its "simple and timeless nature," Waterfront Toronto wrote in a release.

The park design selection process done by Waterfront Toronto included opportunities for the public to make its feelings known, including through online feedback and public consultation. Over 1,700 people provided feedback, which indicated proposals that removed the bents rated higher than park proposals that kept the bents, and Love Park was highest rated overall by the public. 

The pillars are not beautiful, not important, and not worth preserving. They are an industrial artifact; if they are kept, visitors in the park may find their attention drawn to the noise, pollution and congestion of the expressway nearby rather than enjoy the park itself.

If one wishes to see highway pillars, there are many pillars 100 steps north and west of the park at the Gardiner Expressway. These pillars have no place in a beautiful park.


History

Beginning in 2016, the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto held several rounds of public consultation and engagement. 

In July 2018, Waterfront Toronto launched an official design competition website where all design proposals were put on display. Over the course of four weeks, the public was invited to view the design proposals and provide their feedback to Waterfront Toronto through the following channels:

  • Public exhibition of the proposed designs in City Hall Rotunda and surveys July 4-17, 2018
  • Online surveys, available through yorkreesparkdesign.ca, July 5-25, 2018
  • Mini exhibit/children’s activity at the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, July 27- August 5, 2018

The York Street Park design proposals received 1,786 public responses in total – 213 responses from the public exhibition at City Hall and 1,575 from the online survey. 

The public feedback report indicated proposals that removed the bents rated higher than park proposals that kept the bents, and Love Park was highest rated overall by the public.

#removethepillarsTO

Solution
The public voiced their opinion, the judges' decision was unanimous. 
Remove the bents and respect the voice of the people. 



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