The Pottery Road Pedestrian Crossing is part of a larger project to provide interpretation, accessibility, and environmental control for Crothers’ Wood. This is one of the few remaining fragments of Carolinian forest in both TORONTO and throughout Canada. The site is part of the City of TORONTO’s Terrestrial Natural Heritage System along the East Don River Valley.
The area is under pressure from its urban location, with a dangerous crossing at Pottery Road, and heavy usage by bikers, hikers and walkers. PLANTArchitect Inc. – http://www.branchplant.com – took matters in hand. They designed a network of shelter kiosks, benches, registry markers and pathways that create a more formalized experience of the site while also protecting its fragile conditions. For their efforts, the company received an Urban Design Award/2013.