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Yonge Street now more pedestrian (and patio) friendly

You may have noticed some construction and a whole lot of greenery creeping up on Yonge St., around the Eaton Centre. No, it's not just senseless digging--rather, the area is being transformed into an urban, natural playground.

The crowded, concrete strip will become a green oasis of trees, boulders, logs, grass, and soil. It will also feature a 30-seat amphitheatre built into the dirt, 3 patios and a cedar fort. The design of the natural playground itself is courtesy of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds.

The project is part of the Celebrate Yonge initiative, a community-based, month-long event that aims to transform a stretch of Yonge St. with art installation, public seating areas (and larger pedestrian zones), and activities. I can't help but wonder if they're prepared for what I think will be an outpouring of enthusiasm from pedestrians and cyclists (and equal amounts of rage from drivers).

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The green space project is funded by ING Direct, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Parks Canada and the Robert Bateman Foundation; it's slated to be completed on August 18, and will remain in place until September 18.

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Photos by Jimmy Lu


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