Intensive residential development is pending near Alexandra Park’s low-rise, heritage neighbourhood site. Previously the park was a toddlers’ playground, accessible only from Alexandra Street and dead-ending mid-block. The City recently purchased and demolished properties along William Street to double the park’s size and create a new mid-block pedestrian through-route. Selected to redesign the expanded park, PLANT focused on creating a mosaic of versatile outdoor spaces that would enable residents of all ages to enjoy a range of active and passive forms of recreation.
A welcoming forecourt with seating and an angled platform for lounging extends along the path at the Alexandra Street side. A smaller forecourt and a rain garden for storm-water retention front onto William Street West. In be- tween are playgrounds for younger and older children, an adult exercise area, picnic grounds, and a multi-purpose open space. A forested area at the centre combines a discovery path for kids with tree-shaded seating and a sculptural artwork installation by artists Sandra Dunn and Mark Resmer. Pollinator-friendly native grasses and perennials act as buffers between the park and adjacent houses.