This project creates a northern gateway entrance to Forest Hill Village, and a community gathering area at Suydam Park. Rather than a fixed gateway, or a gazebo gathering area, this project proposes that the whole side of the park frontage act as a gateway to draw in views, enhance the park’s street presence, and encourage public use at the edge of the park – not just in it. The project comprises forest-like groupings of light posts including a sign post at the north end, and a custom, modular, polished pre-cast bench system that incorporates planting, all organically organized amongst existing trees. The granite paving extends into the park to create a new oval stage and community gathering space in the park. Black paving and dark green and white seat/planters mirror the black and white south gateway park, bookending the Village. The benches have been extended into the village as part of the street frontage for a new parking lot, and a new similar small street planter has been extended into the rest of the village.

View of the south entry (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
South entry with new lights
View of the planter benches and street edge (photo: Yvonne Bambrick)
The activated street edge · Photo: Yvonne Bambrick
View of the planter benches (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The new planter benches
Biking between the forest of lights (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Biking between the forest of lights
View of the stage area (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The central stage
The band at the opening (photo by Yvonne Bambrick) (photo: Yvonne Bambrick)
The Red Rhythm playing at the opening. · Photo: Yvonne Bambrick
View of the crowd at the opening (photo: Yvonne Bambrick)
Playing with the lights · Photo: Yvonne Bambrick
The new illuminated sign post at the north (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The new illuminated sign post at the north
Entering the park at night through the forest of lights (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Entering the park at night through the forest of lights

project index

  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Residence
  4. Albany Avenue Residence
  5. Aporia Records
  6. Asphalt Poetry
  7. – Poem
  8. Baby Point Gardens
  9. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  10. Beaty Residence
  11. Bennington Heights Garden
  12. Berkeley Street Residence
  13. Bin-Scarth Garden
  14. Blink and you miss it.
  15. – Poem
  16. Blue Note
  17. Booth Avenue Residence
  18. Boustrophedon Garden
  19. Braemore Gardens Residence
  20. Browning Avenue Residence
  21. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  22. Camp Arowhon Offices
  23. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  24. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  25. Chocolate Loft
  26. City Instrument
  27. Clarendon Garden
  28. Conversation Piece
  29. Creemore Farm
  30. Danforth Mosaic BIA
  31. Dickson Park Garden
  32. Dilworth Residence
  33. Don Landing Revitalization
  34. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  35. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  36. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  37. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  38. Elizabeth Fry Society
  39. Ellsworth Residence
  40. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  41. First Avenue Garden
  42. Foote’s Pond Wood
  43. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  44. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  45. Goldring Landscape
  46. Gormley Garden
  47. Greener P
  48. Greer Road Garden
  49. Greer Road Residence
  50. Guelph Bridge
  51. Head in the Clouds
  52. Junction Craft Brewery
  53. Kelpies Competition
  54. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  55. Le jardin du repos
  56. Lenticular Curtain
  57. Liza’s Garden
  58. Lynwood Garden
  59. Macroscape
  60. Markham Garden One
  61. Markham Street Residence Two
  62. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  63. Nathan Phillips Square
  64. – Streetscape
  65. – Peace Garden
  66. – Podium Roof Garden
  67. Orchard View Garden
  68. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  69. Owl Cottage
  70. Paperstone Scissors
  71. Peripheral Sitings
  72. Pottery Road Crossing
  73. rare
  74. Ravine Forecourt
  75. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  76. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  77. Roxborough Garden One
  78. Roxborough Garden Two
  79. Sheridan College
  80. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  81. Spadina Quay Wetland
  82. Stratford Market Square Competition
  83. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  84. Superlegible
  85. Sweet Farm
  86. Sweet Farm Pond House
  87. The Meadows Reconsidered
  88. The Red Sash
  89. Thick & Thin
  90. Tipping Point
  91. Tranby Garden
  92. Tree House Residence
  93. UTM Welcome Landscape
  94. Venice Biennale 2012
  95. Vermont Square Park
  96. Vernon Avenue Garden
  97. Walmer Road Residence
  98. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  99. Wells Street Residence
  100. Westminster Residence
  101. With Words as Their Actions
  102. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  103. Woven Stories
  104. York Park