Regent Park is 69 unattractive acres of our city’s east end, bordered by Gerard south to Shuter St and Parliament east to River St. The area was considered a slum until the 1940s and 50s when a social housing community was built to ameliorate the slumminess. Currently, the area consists of delapidated buildings overstuffed with occupants, which are surrounded by sketchiness on the streets.
At a cost of $1 billion, the City of Toronto is working with Toronto Community Housing Company on a 12- to 15-year plan to create a healthy community for Regent Park. This past February, demolition and construction began for the Regent Park Revitalization Plan which will replace the existing social housing as well as create new affordable housing units, pedestrian-friendly streets, parks, landscaped walkways, and retail and commercial spaces. There will be further opportunities for emloyment, education, and culture and community facilities within the area. As an added bonus, plans include environmental sustainable designs that will reduce eneregy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and per capita water use.
As part of the revitalization, the City of Toronto wants Regent Park to have beautiful sanitary, storm sewer and the water valve covers. If you’d like to see your own design on the heavy metal, submit a proposal to the Grounds for Art competition. Three lucky designers will have their art on the streets AND earn a bit of cash. Start doodling now! The deadline for submissions is November 27. It would be great if great grates were city-wide but congrats to the City of Toronto for taking steps towards beautifying our sewage system!