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Expression of Interest

Expression of Interest

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Published by Justin F. Ridgeway
Union Station Revitalization: Walks and Garden Trust Commemoration
Union Station Revitalization: Walks and Garden Trust Commemoration

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Published by: Justin F. Ridgeway on Jan 07, 2013
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artist rendering for illustrative purposes only 
City of TorontoCall to Artists for Expression of Interest (EOI)Permanent Public Art Work
Union Station Revitalization: Walks and Garden Trust Commemoration
 
Background 
 An expansive park space along Toronto's water's edge was envisioned by Governor John Graves Simcoeas early as 1793. Towards this fulfillment, in 1818, a Crown Patent established a 30-acre parcel south of Front Street (between Berkeley and Peter streets) as a "public walk or mall" for the use and benefit of theinhabitants of the Town of York. In 1853, this land was conveyed through provincial legislation to the Cityof Toronto. However, this land effectively separated the city from Lake Ontario's wharves crucial toshipping and presented a gap between Grand Trunk Railway lines arriving from the east and west. As aresult, in 1857, further legislation amendment permitted the sale or lease of this land, provided revenuegenerated were set aside in a Walks and Gardens Trust account with funds being intended for "thepurchase, planting, ornamenting and care" of replacement park lands. Union Station is located partially onthe Walks and Gardens property.In 1999, a group of citizens approached the city to determine the status of the Walks and Gardens Trustand its accounts. As a result, on October 2, 2012, City Council approved the following recommendation:
Facilities Management, in consultation with Economic Development and Culture, hold an open public art competition to commemorate the Walks and Gardens Trust at Union Station (the "Commemoration") and 

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