READING SPROUTS GARDEN

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Project Description:

LEES+Associates was retained to lead the design and construction of Reading Sprouts Garden, a large open space plaza and pocket park in Toronto. Completed in July 2014, the project features a large custom designed amphitheater seating area with steel shade structures mimicking the adjacent library’s architecture, a native drought tolerant landscape, a ‘Columnar’ English Oak bosque to accentuate the paving patterns and a variety of seating options to accommodate the community as well as the library during events.

The LEES team worked with Councilor Maria Augimeri and the City of Toronto’s StART (StreetARToronto) in creating a public art mural within the parkette that reflects the community’s rich cultural history and diversity. The mural details an “evolution” theme that was developed from a series of meetings with the library’s youth group.

Client/Location:
City of Toronto, ON (2014)
Project Innovations:
  • Custom designed amphitheater
  • Variety of seating options to accommodate the community
  • Native drought tolerant landscape
  • Public art mural that reflects the community’s spirit
Project Sub-consultants:
  • MJS Consultants Inc.
  • Coffey Geotechnics Inc.
Project Related links:

Reading Sprouts Garden – City of Toronto