Toronto, ON
Cawthra Square Toronto AIDS Memorial since 23 June 1993
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Cawthra Square Park Renovations Complete for World Pride
The rainbow flags are out, and this year is a very exciting one for Toronto's Church & Wellesley Village as the neighbourhood is hosting not only the annual Toronto Pride festival this weekend, but this year is set to be bigger and better than ever as Toronto hosts World Pride. With such a large celebration, the neighbourhood has been preparing over the past couple years to beautify the Village and reinforce the identity of the community.
The new park design includes a new plaza where varying shades of granite setts are laid in an undulating pattern, opening on the Church Street sidewalk and extending to the park's interior paths. Along the way there is plenty of new seating, a new wooden deck which can be used as a stage, and improved lawns. Existing elements of the park such as the off-leash dog area, the AIDS memorial, the playground, expansive lawn space, and many mature trees have been maintained.
The most controversial part of the project was the removal of 27 trees to accommodate the new park design, while 17 new large calliper trees have been planted as part of the improvements. [...]
Published 27 June 2014 Photo © thinc design Urban Toronto

19 June 2014
Devon Johnson, Toronto