Toronto Community Housing Corporation and The Daniels Corporation's massive, multi-phased redevelopment of Regent Park has been making steady progress. The neighbourhood's most obvious changes have been in planning and built form, but Regent Park is also seeing transformation in the form of re-envisioned public spaces and community facilities designed to facilitate community involvement. Part of this vision is a large central park at the heart of the community, and construction continues to progress on this soon-to-open public space. 

Regent Park Central Park, The Planning Partnership, TorontoAerial view of Regent Park's Central Park, image by Jack Landau

On the eastern end of the park, the recently opened MJM Architects-designed Regent Park Aquatic Centre is separated from the park site by temporary fencing as work continues to the west on The Planning Partnership-designed park. Immediately beyond the temporary fencing, work is complete on the water play area and stairs/seating area.

Regent Park Central Park, The Planning Partnership, TorontoRegent Park Aquatic Centre and east end of the park, image by Jack Landau

Further to the west, paving work is nearly complete for the park's southern entry plaza. The plaza already has new lighting fixtures and will soon see installation of seating as well.

Regent Park Central Park, The Planning Partnership, TorontoSouthern entry plaza for the Regent Park Central Park, image by Jack Landau

The north end of the park recently saw the installation of a new playground feature. With the large volumes expected to be using this park upon completion, the children's play area is surrounded by a series of concrete benches, giving parents a place to congregate and supervise as their children play.

Regent Park Central Park, The Planning Partnership, TorontoPlayground area at the north end of the park, image by Craig White

Regent Park Central Park, The Planning Partnership, TorontoPlayground area at the north end of the park, image by Craig White

The west end of the park is still a very active construction site, as work continues on the picnic areas, off-leash dog park, gardens, greenhouse and storage area. A steel and concrete skeleton for the greenhouse and storage area have started to take shape to the northwest of the entry plaza.

Regent Park Central Park, The Planning Partnership, TorontoGreenhouse and storage area, image by Craig White

Next to the storage and greenhouse area, picnic and off-leash dog areas are being constructed - welcome additions for a family-oriented community home to large numbers of children and pets.

Regent Park Central Park, The Planning Partnership, TorontoPicnic and off-leash dog areas under construction, image by Craig White

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