Downtown park ‘makes Mississauga more urban’ Posted: February 26, 2009, 5:04 PM by Rob Roberts By Stacey Askew, National Post
Mississauga’s downtown has embarked on the path of creating more green space.And so, with this in mind, Mississauga’s Community Services Department recently gave the public a first glimpse at the design of a new 3.4 acre park near Square One and city hall. Construction of Community Commons Park is to begin in May and take a year to complete. It will be located between Confederation Parkway and living Art Drive on the south side of Princess Royal Drive.
“What’s so wonderful about this park is it’s about making Mississauga more urban,” landscape architect Janet Rosenberg. "People can get out of their cars and at the same time there’s going to be a major density of people who are using it. It’s basically a place people can come to have a picnic, fly a kite, meet up with friends — it’s designed for passive recreation as opposed to a heavily programmed park,” Cooke explained.
The park will have two distinct halves: The west side will be formed by flat terrain and the other will have tilted plains of grass that form a three metre hill. Community Commons will also include a fountain, promenades on the north and south sides, a plaza area, custom concrete benches, park benches and moveable seating.
“When you look at an urban environment, it’s nice to have that green space to relax,” said Frank Dale, the area’s councillor. “It is going to provide an opportunity for those in town and those that visit to have a place that’s open within the city centre.” He added that the planned dog park is desperately needed: “We’re experiencing a real challenge right now in the city where there isn’t a place for dogs.”
There are also proposals to create another three acre park across the street from Community Commons. The second green space would connect to an existing park that’s used for games and other recreation.
This is great news for residents of Mississauga. What a great place to call HOME.
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