TORONTO, July 30, 2021 / CNW / – Nature is at the heart of who we are as Canadians. For millions of Canadians living in Greater Toronto Area, Rouge National Urban Park puts nature at your fingertips, which has been more important than ever throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, Gary Anandasangaree, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge Park and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced the launch of the public engagement phase on the concepts of the Visitor, Learning and Community Center at Rouge National Urban Park, on behalf of the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
Located across from the Toronto Zoo on the east side of Meadowvale Road, the center will serve as an orientation and learning center where visitors and residents can come together and experience the incredible natural, cultural, agricultural and Indigenous heritage of the park, as well as places administered by Parks Canada across the country, with integrated interpretive facilities and design. It will welcome park visitors, volunteers, youth groups and community members and anchor Parks Canada’s presence in from Canada largest metropolitan area.
Conceptual designs for the center include a building with a progressive aesthetic and environment, accessible to all, with visitor facilities including indoor and outdoor multi-purpose gathering spaces and an observation deck.
These designs are the result of significant collaboration with Indigenous partners, park farmers and community leaders who have helped protect the Rouge Valley from development and make the area a national park. Between February and July 2021, Parks Canada worked with these partners to gather ideas and stories to shape the form and content of the centre’s conceptual designs for public engagement.
Parks Canada would love to hear people’s opinions and ideas regarding three design concepts for the center, which will be available for viewing online. Each design concept includes a construction and site plan with architectural, landscape and interpretive elements to consider.
Canadians are encouraged to provide their feedback online, by email and at upcoming public engagement sessions. The deadline for providing comments is September 24, 2021. Further details are available on the Parks Canada website at: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/Rouge-WelcomeCentre.
“The vision of the Rouge National Urban Park Visitor, Learning and Community Center is to create a must-see community hub that celebrates and showcases this protected place. By working with partners and surrounding communities to bring this vision to light, Parks Canada will help visitors discover and connect with nature and history, all within the confines of from Canada largest urban center. Entering the facility will not only be the first step towards exploring Rouge National Urban Park, but also discovering places administered by Parks Canada across the country. “
– Jonathan wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
“Public engagement will be essential to ensure that Canadians, including various local residents and members of the Greater Toronto Area, influence what will be one of Rouge National Urban Park’s most important destinations – the park’s primary visitor, learning and community center. The center will become an iconic destination in the East Greater Toronto Area and provide a launching pad for youth and local communities to learn more about Rouge National Urban Park. “
– Gary Anandasangaree, MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Nearly 80 km2 by its size, Rouge National Urban Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and from Canada first urban national park.
A rich blend of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes, Rouge National Urban Park is home to nearly 2,000 species of plants and animals, some of the last operating farms in the region. Greater Toronto Area, and human history going back over 10,000 years, including some of the from Canada the oldest known indigenous sites
Rouge National Urban Park is within an hour’s drive of a 20 percent from Canada population and accessible by public transit, providing Canadians with unprecedented opportunities to connect with nature.
Parks Canada works with a range of partners and stakeholders on design elements, including the 10 nations that make up the Rouge National Urban Park First Nations Advisory Circle.
The draft engineering, architectural and landscaping concepts were created by Torontothe architectural firm Moriyama & Teshima Architects, in partnership with the architect Two Row of Six Nations of the Grand River and Toronto-based on Ian Gray Studio. Visitor experience and exhibition design concepts, as well as future fabrication and installation, will be carried out by Montrealcadabra and Daily cabinets every day.
SOURCE Parks Canada
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