GRANGE PARK GETS ITS $15-MILLION MAKEOVER THANKS TO TORONTO & W. GALEN WESTON

GRANGEPK4The City of TORONTO and private donor W. Galen Weston are funding the renovation of GRANGE PARK to the tune of $15-million. Work has now begun.

GRANGEPK1<“Hanging on the Gates of Grange Park”/1925, hand-tinted photo, William James Collection, City of Toronto Archives>

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<Grange Park under construction & downtown skyline, May/2016 – PHOTO Ross Winter>

GRANGEPK3<The Grange and Grange Park under construction>

The park belongs to the Art Gallery of Ontario. It was bequeathed by Harriet Boulton Smith to what was then called the Art Museum of Toronto. In 1911 the City of TORONTO agreed to maintain the grounds as a public park, but in a continuing policy of tax cutting this has become much more difficult than it used to be.

GRANGEPK6<Grange Park as it will be, decorative water feature, rendering courtesy of GPAC>

GRANGEPK5<Grange Park, overhead view of restored elliptical carriage path, rendering courtesy of GPAC>

GRANGEPK7The famous bronze sculpture ‘Large Two Forms’ by Henry Moore, will be moved from the corner of Dundas Street West and McCaul into the centre of the park. “Pretty damn cool!” said Councillor Joe Cressy.

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