Since our previous update a few weeks ago, the Claude Cormier + Associés-designed revitalization of Berczy Park has kicked into full swing. Over the past few weeks, several of the park's less healthy trees have been removed, brick retaining walls have been torn up, and the grey granite pavers surrounding the fountain have been carefully stacked on palettes.

Berczy Park Revitalization, Claude Cormier + Associés, TorontoCurrent state of Berczy Park, facing east, image by Craig White

Replacing the existing fountain in the park, a playful new fountain will be the centrepiece of the renovated park. Surrounded by sculptures of 27 dogs and a lone feline, a giant dog bone will draw attention at the top. The new fountain will be in approximately the same position as the current fountain, which is now being prepped for removal.

Berczy Park Revitalization, Claude Cormier + Associés, TorontoCurrent fountain at Berczy Park, image by Craig White

Only 11 of the 81 trees in Berczy Park have been retained, though many new trees of six different species will be planted as part of the revitalization efforts. The new trees, which include tulip trees, oaks, and a Japanese Pagoda tree, will utilize Silva Cell technology to stimulate growth, promote their health, and improve their chances for longevity.

Berczy Park Revitalization, Claude Cormier + Associés, TorontoTrees at Berczy Park, image by Craig White

With grading of the site currently under way, one of the next major steps in the project will be the installation of the patterned granite paving that will cover just under half of the site footprint.

Berczy Park Revitalization, Claude Cormier + Associés, TorontoAn aerial view of the future park, image courtesy of Claude Cormier + Associés

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