Toronto, ON
Cawthra Square Toronto AIDS Memorial since 23 June 1993
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City proposes major renovations to Cawthra Park
Big changes are on the way for Cawthra Park, now that the city has found $450,000 for “park improvements” that could change the area from somewhat of a naturalized green space into something more like Yonge-Dundas Square, according to one proposal.
That proposal, which is only an early design concept, replaces much of the park’s grassy area with hard paving. Trees are banished to the edge of the park along Monteith St and adjacent to the 519 Church St Community Centre under the proposal. The current drawing does not indicate any benches in the space but does include a number of pillars that would display park and neighbourhood history, a built-in yoga pad, and an outdoor adult gym. A permanent red-ribbon sculpture indicating the way to the AIDS Memorial would stand at the south entrance to the park at Church St. Photo © Rob Salerno Xtra!

7 February 2012
Rob Salerno, Toronto