A unique outdoor destination by the water is well on its way to completion. Toronto’s Love Park is finally starting to take shape at the southern end of York Street and Queen’s Quay and its main attraction, the bright heart-shaped pond, is getting installed.
A new photo shared by Waterfront Toronto shows an aerial view of the pond emerging from the construction.
When it’s complete, the pond will be surrounded by walking paths, seating areas, trees, and green hills for people to relax on and enjoy the view.
A mature Northern Catalpa tree will stand on its own dedicated island at the centre of the pond and will be surrounded by bright pink heart-shaped flowers.
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The pond itself will also be illuminated by a soft shade of pink and will appear as if it’s floating, according to Waterfront Toronto.
“A lush urban oasis, the design for Love Park creates a playful and immersive experience secluded from busy downtown life,” says the description. The space used to be home to a Gardiner off-ramp, but soon it’ll serve a whole new purpose.
Love Park will be a “deliberate departure from the hard surfaces dominating downtown Toronto,” with tree-lined sidewalks and pathways leading you into the park, “marking the transition into a calm urban refuge.”
Movable furniture will also surround the heart-shaped pond so you can get a nice spot in the sun with a view of the water.
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The park will serve an important purpose too. According to Waterfront Toronto, it will reduce the “reduce the urban heat island” that makes the downtown core so unbearably hot in the summer, thanks to all the solar radiation absorbed by buildings and roads.
The park’s “dense vegetation will provide shade, deflect solar radiation, and release moisture into the atmosphere,” says Waterfront Toronto.
Granite pavers will also be installed to deflect heat and provide a refreshing escape from the heat in the summertime.
Completion of the Love Park was originally set for fall 2022.
Curiocity has reached out to Waterfront Toronto to find out when it will be complete and we’ll update the story when we hear back.
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