A new park is in the works just on the other side of the road from Lumiere Condos. Barbara Ann Scott Park covers the land in the centre of the block from Bay & College to Yonge & Gerrard, and provides 3-acres of public green space for residents of the neighbourhood.
After years of neglect, and seemingly almost as many years of construction, Barbara Ann Scott Park will soon resume its place in the neighbourhood in the fall of 2018 as one of the most serene spots aways from the street sounds.
Photos of the previous park show how run down the former skating rink had become, and how the landscaping was in an equal state of disaster. Although in the earlier design plans for the park, the skating rink had been eliminated, newer revised versions brought it back into the plans. Now, there will be a skating track that will add more interest in the winter, and provide a short walking trail in the summer months, which makes the use of the park more multifunctional, since the old skating rink left a void in the centre of the park during the summer.
Construction began on the newest iteration of the park in Spring 2016, and two slow years later, the main square is almost done, the new rink house is nearly complete, and the main walk-way from Yonge Street into the park is a full construction site. The plan from earlier in 2018 was to have the park open for use in July 2018, but that’s since been delayed, and a more optimistic winter opening with a big skating party is likely to be planned next for the space instead.
Many parents are looking forward to having the park finally opened, particularly to be able to use the small kids area to the south west corner where there will be some spring toy and cable/net play structure installations. Office workers and residents in the towers will no doubt be looking forward to an outdoor lunch space again, and an area to stretch out and escape the concrete of the main surrounding roads. Here’s to hoping the construction workers finish up soon!