On June 21, the Regent Park neighbourhood enjoyed the longest day of the year out in the sunshine.
And, with local musicians, artists, politicians, vendors, they celebrated a community dream many years in the making – the launch of the new 6 acre green space, Regent Park!
The new Regent Park is a centerpiece for the community; a dynamic gathering place that offers space to play, to run, and to grow food right in the middle of the neighbourhood.
Situated on Dundas between Sackville and Sumach, Regent Park was designed through extensive community consultation, meaning it has something to offer for everyone. There are multiple playground spaces to accommodate all ages, as well as splash pad space alongside the aquatic centre. The middle of the park is a large, tree-lined open space, perfect for soccer, tag, or any other type of recreation. Right next to Dundas Street, the park includes an open entry plaza, perfect for vendors or performances.
CRC was present at the launch event to let the community know about two new initiatives we will be leading in the park.
Our new community demonstration garden, just off of Sackville St is an innovative garden that brings together 8 local community agencies to grow and share fruits and vegetables that represent the diverse communities in the neighbourhood. This space will provide a place for local residents without access to a garden to grow collaboratively with their neighbours and to learn about how to grow food on their windowsills and balconies through monthly workshops.
And, eventually, beside the garden, a community greenhouse and a bake oven will operate, allowing us to showcase the complete cycle from growing, harvesting, to eating, right on site in the park.
We are also letting people know about our new Friends of Regent Park group. According to Emily Martyn, CRC’s Urban Agriculture Coordinator, “Friends of Regent Park will bring together community members, neighbourhood groups, and local businesses to care for the park and organize activities and events in the space.” Officially starting in August, Friends of Regent Park will ensure the community is able to use the park throughout the year, from ice skating in the winter to community cookouts in the summer.
Activities in the park have already begun with the Regent Park Film Festival showing movies in the park Wednesday evenings and planning is in full swing for Sunday in the Park on August 10. And with the CRC’s new full-time Park Coordinator starting at the beginning of August, there will be many more opportunities to get involved in hosting events, activities, and celebrations in the new Regent Park.
To see more pictures of the Regent Park launch, click here.