I am happy to report that although the construction phase has been slightly delayed (unknown fibre-optic cables were discovered that needed to relocated), this project is moving forward well and set to be complete in March of next year.
An update: The contractor is currently working on track piling and expects to start work on the Queen St. side this summer. Staff in the City’s Clean and Beautiful department are working with Parks staff and the BIA to finalize the park design and lighting scheme at the north west corner of Queen and Dufferin.
The call to artists has been closed and the following five finalists have been selected for the public art installation: Vera Frenkel (Toronto), Isabelle Hayeur (Montreal), Luis Jacob (Toronto), Ken Lum (Vancouver), and Aniko Meszaros (Toronto).
I am also pleased to share that the call was put out internationally and the City’s Culture department received over 80 applications (the average is 40) from all over the world including France, UK, the Philippines and the United States. The enthusiasm from artists both near and far confirms an interest in Parkdale’s rich cultural history. I look forward to seeing their submission in May of this year.