Design & Development of The Green Line

The Design Competition:

 

In 2012, Workshop Architecture launched a Green Line Ideas Competition that called on architects, landscape architects, planners, artists and community members to contribute to the project’s vision. Over 78 entries collectively, helped generate support and conversation about the Green Line’s potential. Explore all the entries and competition materials on the Green Line Ideas Competition website.

 

Phase 1: Setting the Groundwork

Many of The Green Line’s parks are on between Earlscourt Park and Dovercourt Road. Here, the street crossings are at-grade and most are quiet residential streets.The City licensed parcels of land in this stretch in 2016, but a few small parcels of land still need to be licensed to complete this corridor.  Once these purchased are secured, this stretch of The Green Line  will be a continuous, accessible pathway that connects existing park spaces.

Phase 2: Extending the Corridor

Many of The Green Line’s parks are on between Earlscourt Park and Dovercourt Road. Here, the street crossings are at-grade and most are quiet residential streets.The City licensed parcels of land in this stretch in 2016, but a few small parcels of land still need to be licensed to complete this corridor.  Once these purchased are secured, this stretch of The Green Line  will be a continuous, accessible pathway that connects existing park spaces.

Phase 3: The Green Line Realized

The parking lots and vacant land between Christie Street and just east of Spadina road will be transformed into a continuous pathway by utilizing the edges parking lots and improving them by adding seating, gardens, and other greenery. In addition, the City will need to develop vacant land and invest in four pedestrian bridges to ensure safe crossing at Christie, Bathurst, Howland, and Spadina.

Animating The Green Line

Park People knows that building momentum for parks requires community engagement. We’ve undertaken several signature events to bring people, excitement and fresh thinking to The Green Line.  Here are some of the events we’ve hosted to help animate key sections of this future linear park and trail.

Green Line Fundraiser & Celebration, March 31, 2016

We celebrated past achievements along the Green Line and raised some money for future work. There was music, drinks, snacks, prizes and fun people. All the proceeds from the event went to support Park People’s work on the Green Line. Park People is a registered charity. Thanks to our supporting sponsors Westbank and Markham House.

Walk the Line: History, Culture, and Ecology along the Green Line, March 19 – 27, 2016

Park People and Friends of the Green Line hosted Walk the Line, a series of free history, culture, and nature walks along the Green Line. Walk the Line wove community planning, art, and ecology to explore the Green Line’s rich history, including a special interactive exhibit at the Toronto Archives. Funded through Myseum Intersections.

Harvest Festival on the Green Line, September 13, 2015

A celebration of Fall and a new pollinator garden along the Green Line. This event included seedball making with Evergreen, butterfly crafts with the David Suzuki Foundation, a corn roast, cake, and more. The Harvest Festival was a partnership with the Frankel Lambert Community Garden Group and Councillor Joe Mihevc.

Green Line mural launch event, August 26, 2015

More than 150 people welcomed a new mural celebrating the Green Line as a way to connect communities through a 5km linear park and trail. The artist, Roadsworth, was present, working on the mural and chatting with the crowd. Food was provided by the local Dark Horse Espresso and an art contest saw great prizes handed out from Bellwoods Brewery, Tarragon Theatre, Dark Horse, Roadsworth, Spacing Store, and more.

Walk the Green Line, May 3, 2015

As part of the Jane’s Walk festival, Friends of the Green Line members Jake Tobin Garrett and Erika Hennebury led a walk through part of the Green Line and talked about the opportunities and challenges of the hydro corridor as a linear park and trail. Nearly 50 people came out on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny, spring day.

Green Line Clean-up, April 19, 2015

As part of Clean Toronto Together, Friends of the Green Line joined the Davenport Neighbourhood Association to clean up the parks and green spaces along the Green Line. There were some strange finds, including a stuffed Canada Goose and a deer antler. Hot chocolate and coffee was enjoyed by all afterwards at nearby Nova Era Bakery. Photo courtesy of the DNA.

Pumpkin Parade, November 1, 20145

The day after Halloween, Friends of the Green Line, Park People, and the Davenport Neighbourhood Association organized a pumpkin parade in Bartlett Parkette along the Green Line to display everyone’s ghoulish gourds. Over 70 people came out to check out the pumpkins, which included everything from Disney characters to cats to ghosts. Pumpkin contest judges, local MP Andrew Cash and MPP Cristina Martins, had the difficult task of choosing the best pumpkins from the lot. Hot chocolate and cupcakes kept everyone toasty warm and well-sugared.

Reading Line: Books, Bikes and Food along the Green Line, October 4, 2014

What goes better than books and parks? Books, bikes, and parks! The Reading Line event brought dozens out to bike along the Green Line and hear from local authors read from their books. Tasty treats were provided. This event had great coverage in the Toronto Star as well. The event was organized by Friends of the Green Line member Amanda Lewis and Janet Joy Wilson, with support from Toronto Park People.

Friends of the Green Line Walk, June 19, 2014

On a beautiful spring day, Toronto Park People and Friends of the Green Line took a walk along the Dupont hydro corridor to talk about the challenges and opportunities of the Green Line vision. Speakers included Toronto Park People staff, Friend of the Green Line members, local community members, and City planning staff.

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