Located on a roof top in downtown Toronto at College and Yonge Streets, this unique natural playground aims to provide space for all age groups, from preschoolers to adults. Safe recycled rubber surfaces provide suitable play space for young children, while natural wood seating, boulders and climbing mounds provide interest for slightly older children. A variety of seating zones provide space for teenagers and adults to meet and interact.
Integrating traditional elements of the users of the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto adds cultural significance to the garden. The roof garden accommodates a circular fire pit with log rounds, a sweat lodge, a Sacred Medicine Garden (cedars, sage, sweet grass and tobacco) and a Three Sister Garden (corn, beans and squash). In contrast to the surrounding city, naturalized planting zones around the perimeter of the site provide a natural haven of visual interest as well as a natural learning environment.
Project Size: 650m2
Date Completed: 2010
Project Team: Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd. (Lead) / Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. / Landsource Organix Ltd.
Location: Toronto, ON