Sherbourne Common Park, by PFS Studio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Creating a space that will be functional, innovative, beautiful, and artistic is not easy. Nor is merging the work of professionals from a variety of disciplines, such as architecture, landscape design, civil engineering, and public art. One project where all of this comes together is Sherbourne Common Park in Toronto. This waterfront park in Ontario represents a kind of living room or courtyard for its neighbors. It is a place that is both private and public, with a variety of amenities and something for everyone. It is the first park in Canada to incorporate a neighborhood storm-water management system, and also the first with LEED Gold certification.
Sherbourne Common Park
The main sections of the park are the open plaza, the children’s play area, the water channel with sculptures, the splash pad/skating rink, the pavilion and the southern open lawn. A promenade and boardwalk are adjacent to the park, making the whole place a destination for recreation and relaxation in an urban environment.Creating a Unique Sense of Place The designers from PFS Studio preserved the “genius loci” of the place in order to create an iconic Canadian lake and follow the imaginary lines of the grove by planting a forest of Maple trees. From there, the park continues across Queens Quay Boulevard. Don’t Forget About the Kids The southern section of the park is an open lawn, which serves as a space for informal gathering and relaxation. The park also offers children’s playgrounds, with climbers, balance beams, seesaws, swings, slides, and equipment for spinning. Younger children can play in a sandbox adjacent to a pond with water jets. The central plaza features a splash pad that converts to an ice skating rink in the winter. The park is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Planting The park is enriched with trees and ornamental grasses. The total number of planted trees is 182 — 108 Pacific Sunset Maple, 45 Red Oak, and 29 American Beech. Water Elements Water is definitely the most important element in the park. It appears in different forms, both visual and audible, and that’s what makes this area authentic. The main element is the water channel that runs the length of the park and under Queens Quay Boulevard. The Water Channel Everyone’s Talking About The channel’s length is 238.5 meters — 140 meters on the south and 98.5 meters on the north. There are also the “Light Showers” — three lighted art sculptures that are a landmark of the park. These sculptures, created by Jill Anholt, are 8.9 meters tall and made from large fiberglass molds filled with concrete, stainless steel, and glass. Other water elements include fountains and a large number of sprinklers. The Park’s Significance Sherbourne Common Park in not just beautiful; it also serves an important civic purpose. In this park, rainwater is collected and disinfected, thanks to a special pumping station and UV facility. Five meters under the arches of the sculptural pavilion that provides access from the city to the waterfront, stainless steel pipes direct rainwater through a purifier. The water then flows through the Light Showers into the channel and on into Lake Ontario. Isn’t that great? Related Articles:
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Article by Amela Djurakovac