A Nov. 27 article in UrbanToronto.ca celebrates the Bloor-Annex BIA’s announcement of four new parkettes along Bloor Street. Three are on the Harbord Village side, at Robert, Major, and Brunswick, with the fourth at Howland. Site design is by the firm DTAH, which also planned the Central Waterfront landscaping on Queens Quay. Rock sculptures will be incorporated into the parkettes, and benches will be made of wood salvaged from the Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village demolitions. In addition, streetscapes will be improved all along Bloor, including new trees planted in street-level pits rather than concrete boxes. More bicycle parking will be provided adjacent to the parkettes.
These plans help fulfil the intentions of the Harbord Village Green Plan, which recognized the greening potential of paved flanking areas like these.
Further design details are available from the BIA website, including before-and-after photos of the intersections, starting with this map and list of tree species for new plantings. (Click to enlarge the image.)