Since its inception in 1858, Allan Gardens has been a distinctive part of Toronto, dedicated to offering a stimulating environment for the pleasure of Torontonians. Originating as a horticultural feature at the centre of William Allan’s Park Lot V, Allan Gardens has watched the city grow and evolve around it.
ERA is pleased to be playing an active role in the Friends of Allan Gardens (FOAG), a group of Torontonians concerned with actively promoting the vitality of Allan Gardens park. The group’s mission is to revitalize the park through creative strategies that will improve open spaces, nurture local culture, and attract a larger and more diverse group of users. FOAG is dedicated to working collaboratively with community stakeholders, City staff, and elected officials to create effective and sustainable programming and program management.
One exciting FOAG initiative-in-progress is “Explore the Edge,” a public space design competition that will consist of a series of temporary installations on the west side of Allan Gardens. The project’s intent is to promote the revitalization of Allan Gardens and the surrounding neighbourhood, engage the local community, and foster cultural expression and experimentation that contributes to a broader design discourse in Toronto’s public spaces.