Children’s Playground

Allan Gardens Toronto, Ontario

COMMUNITY MEETING
2012 March 22

Preliminary Design Concept
City of Toronto Eguchi Associates Landscape Architects

PURPOSE / OUTLINE OF MEETING

BACKGROUND TO DESIGN

Masterplan 2006
Background to Design

Masterplan: Vision-Horticulture-Heritage-Tourism-Community

Some Masterplan Objectives Applicable to the Playground
1. To revitalize Allan Gardens as a place of horticultural excellence. 2. To develop Allan Gardens as a critical cultural asset and destination in Toronto and as a significant heritage resource. 3. To ensure that Allan Gardens evolves as a community focus that responds to the needs of the people that live and work in the neighbourhood.

Featured Parks City of Toronto Website

Dog Off-leash area was the first initiative of the Masterplan.

The Playground helps to ‘balance the demographics’ of Allan Gardens.

Playground Visitors / Community
Background to Design

Context Analysis
Background to Design

Allan Gardens Overall Site

Background to Design

Playground and larger study area

Playground Edges

Playground Edges

Playground Site Analysis
Background to Design

View East Towards Boiler Room

View South East Towards Site

+/- 25 m

View North-West Towards Site

Trees and TPZ’s

Grades

Background to Design

Playground Comparisons

Neshama Playground

Rosedale Park

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

Some General Objectives
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1. To design a playground unique to its place and time. To embrace the principles and objectives of the masterplan. 2. To develop a community facility with great play value that is challenging and safe and enhances health and growth.

To revitalize Allan Gardens as a place of horticultural excellence. To develop Allan Gardens as a critical cultural destination in Toronto and as a significant heritage resource. To ensure that Allan Gardens evolves as a community focus that responds to the needs of the people who live and work in the neighbourhood.

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Vision, Goal, Approach

Allan Garden Plant Collections /Children’s Gardens
1. Relate the experiences of the plant collection and Children’s Gardens with those in the playground. Horticulture Defined 1. The cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants. 2. The science and art of cultivating such plants.

hortus = garden culture = cultivation

Themes

1. Perimeter Barrier 2. Entrances: Limited 3. Drinking Fountain: Not included. 4. Accessible Washroom: Not included. 5. Swings: Essential 6. Play Equipment: Different Age Groups and Play Value

7. Nature Play: Sand and Water
8. Inclusive Design: AODA 9. Shade

Program, Issues and Parameters

Pollen Nation

DESIGN

Design Overview
Basic Elements Safety and Security

Design Zones

Circulation

Tour of Playground Places

Grand Floral Tree Entrance

Grand Floral Tree Entrance

Grand Floral Tree Entrance

Leaf Walk Berry Hop

Horizontal Iconic Feature

Leaf Walk Berry Hop

Hopping Stones

Hopping Stones

Cacti Play 6 TO 12

Cacti Play 6 TO 12

Kompan Galaxy

Cacti Play 6 TO 12

Kompan Edge

Cacti Play 6 TO 12

Cacti Play 6 TO 12

Swings Rotating Climber

Swings Rotating Climber

Succulents Play 2 to 5

Succulents Play 2 to 5

Succulents Play 2 to 5

Succulents Play 2 to 5

Ontario Apple Orchard

Ontario Apple Orchard

Plant Anatomy: Stamens?

Alternative to Old Apple Orchard (Enclosed Play)

Sand Petal Nature Play

Sand Petal Nature Play

Water and Sand

Shady Retreat Stoller Parking

Shady Retreat Stroller Parking

Green Arts Walk

Green Arts Walk

Supportive & Thematic Elements (potential)

Three Sisters

Three Sisters’ Mythology

Three Sisters

Discrete Play Elements

Discrete Play Equipment

Fencing/ Screening

Fencing/ Screening

Vertical Iconic Feature

Columns and Gateways

Existing Decorative Site Element

Living Walls

Community Mosaic

Living Walls

Community Mosaic

High Quality Signage

Heritage Architecture Acknowledged

Safety Surfacing

Roberto Burle Marx

Engineered Wood Fibre Two Age Groups

Picnic Forest

Site Furnishings

Alternative Seating

Children’s Playground
Allan Gardens Toronto, Ontario

COMMUNITY MEETING
2012 March 22

Discussion
City of Toronto Eguchi Associates Landscape Architects

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