The last two of Peter Dickinson’s Regent Park apartment towers are coming down. This one is ideally situated for picture-taking. It’s kind of voyeuristic, looking at what’s been left behind by apartment dwellers, many of whom lived here for several decades. Former residents are being housed elsewhere, and some will return to the Park once new buildings go on the market for sale or rental. PHOTOS – Ross Winter, http://www.RossWinter.me
A rejuvenated Regent Park Ice Rink opened on Saturday, January 3 at the corner of Sumach and Dundas Street East. Thanks to Toronto Community Housing, The Daniel’s Corporation, The City of Toronto, Toronto Maple Leafs, the Hockey Canada Foundation, and the Toronto Police Department, kids in Corktown and Regent Park have a first-class place to skate and play. And there’s more. Coming soon to the Regent Park Athletic Grounds – a new basketball court and a soccer/cricket pitch.
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For an inner-city park it’s a big one. REGENT PARK, the eastside’s massive, multi-phased redevelopment is transforming a swath of downtown TORONTO into something real good. <PHOTO BELOW – aerial of Central Park and surroundings, ChesterCopperpot>
Several public housing and market-value buildings have gone up, with many more to come (15-20 altogether). There’s a new Aquatics Centre designed by MJM Architects; the Daniels Spectrum, home to several small theatre companies; soccer playing fields, an under-construction community centre, basketball courts, a restaurant, coffee shop, bank and supermarket – quite a change from the dodgy Regent Park of old.
Regent Park is also seeing progress in the form of re-envisioned public spaces. The Central Park playground will open soon, while work continues on the west side lawn, a water play area, greenhouse, community gardens, a dogs-off-leash area, lighting and public art.
Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and The Daniels Corporation are working together on this development. The Planning Partnership designed the park. Based in TORONTO, The Planning Partnership prepares policies, plans, designs and studies related to new communities, campuses, waterfronts, open spaces, urban corridors and downtowns in Canada, the United States, China and Russia.