Berczy Park
Berczy Park
Toronto (Ontario), Canada

Iconic urban park revitalized to address evolving community needs.

Berczy Park is an iconic little park in a booming mixed-use neighbourhood. Positioned at the threshold between three iconic neighbourhoods – St. Lawrence, the Old Town, and the Financial District, Berczy Park is surrounded by some of the few remaining downtown blocks in Toronto that can still be counted as picturesque. A foreground of historic human scale facades and a backdrop of futuristic skyscrapers create a unique setting continually charged by a dynamic diversity in one of the densest neighbourhoods in the city.

The redesign for the park is composed of a plaza with a large fountain and detailed granite paving motif, an activity green space for passive activities, and a perennial garden next to the historic Flatiron Building with its iconic mural. Pathways running diagonally through the space establish long trajectories and sight lines to make this small park feel big. Scott Street just west of Berczy Park is to be formally integrated into the design as a pedestrian dominated space that merges seamlessly with its surrounding context.

The continuing surge in the number of dog owners has been manifest into a signature and playful fountain that merges a classic Victorian two-tiered fountain with a menagerie of spouting life-sized dog figures. Inspired by the park’s past and present, it will become a destination in the city appealing to children and attracting visitors. A discrete and playful dog-watering trough around the perimeter of the granite fountain basin accommodates the thousands of dog visits expected in the park on a weekly basis.

Client
City of Toronto

Area
3600 m2

Year
2013-2015

Status
Under construction

Categories
Heritage
Park
Plaza / Garden
Streetscape
Berczy Park fountain during its construction phase, CC+A
View of the plaza and fountain looking West, CC+A
Site Plan, CC+A
Aerial view looking North-East, CC+A
Pug heads overflow openings around Berczy Park fountain's rim, CC+A
Gooderham Building, Toronto, Pinktrotters
Berczy Park during construction
Conceptual elevation of the fountain - dog watering trough, gold bone and fountain ornamentation, CC+A
Photo, fountain model, Guillaume Paradis (CC+A)
Design process - dog figurines for fountain sculptures, CC+A
Dogs in art - The Dog Congress, William H. Beard, c. 1876
Dogs in art - Sympathy, Briton Rivière, 1877
Design process - elevation study of dog figurines, CC+A
Design process - elevation study of dog figurines, CC+A
Dogs and a Cat, CC+A
Dog Sculptures for Berczy Park Fountain, Robinson Iron
Dog Sculptures for Berczy Park Fountain, Robinson Iron
3D rendering for dog sculpture - Berczy Park Fountain, Robinson Iron
Assembly of one of Berczy Park fountain dogs, Robinson Iron
Golden Retriever Sculpture for Berczy Park's fountain, McCann Architectural Models
BeagleSculpture for Berczy Park's dog fountain, McCann Architectural Models
Pug Sculpture for Berczy Park's dog fountain, McCann Architectural Models
Water streams test for Berczy Park fountain, Soucy Aquatik
Water streams test for Berczy Park fountain, CC+A
Berczy Park fountain during construction, Robinson Iron
Berczy Park fountain during construction, CC+A
Berczy Park fountain during its construction phase, CC+A
Berczy Park - Construction phase - 2016, CC+A
Berczy Park - Construction phase - 2016, CC+A