Despite its name, Regent Park has never actually claimed any real park space. Some lawns, a few beat-up play structures, but nothing that could be considered real destination-type green space. That'll change this coming weekend, with the official opening of Regent Park—the actual Park—.built to serve the needs of a vibrant community with lots of kids with energy to burn off. There will be a childrens' playground, community gardens, greenhouses, and a picnic area, all facing the much-applauded new Aquatic Centre. The park was designed after community consultation and workshops, so that the neighbourhood's residents would feel more connected to its design and amenities. If Regent Park residents are half as happy with the results as that guy on the guitar in the image above, the new park should be a massive success.
· Regent Park's namesake opens Saturday, June 21 [UrbanToronto]
· Progress on Regent Park's new playground [Torontosavvy]
· Regent Park's central plan