Beecroft Linear Park and Streetscape

A series of linked parks and landscapes formed by the construction of a new road, the Beecroft Linear Park completes the last component of a ring road system for North York Centre.

The new landscape builds upon the language utilized on other parts of the ring road system, but expresses it in a unique way.  A repetition of landforms planted with flowering trees shelter small parkettes, while the palette of street tree species communicates changes in direction, pedestrian crossings and intersections.

A new constructed wetland adjacent to the alignment of Wilket Creek (now channelized underground) provides habitat, storm water retention and an opportunity to educate the public on water systems, both visible and invisible, within an urban setting.  Previously just a sodded swale and concrete inlet, the new native planting provides year-round interest and attracts people and wildlife. The deck provides unique vantages for exploring the wetland, a quiet place to experience nature, and a gathering place for the surrounding community.

Project Size: 1km
Date Completed: 2012
Owner/Client: City of Toronto
Project Team: Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.
Location: Toronto, ON