Client: City of Toronto
Collaboration: PFS Studio: Prime Consultant & Lead Designer (Park and Playground), Thinc Design – Local Landscape Architect.
Location: Grange Park, Toronto Ontario
Construction Budget: +$500,000
Construction Completion: Spring 2017
Nestled behind the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Grange Park is a treasured urban green space that offers respite among the built spaces of Toronto’s downtown. Now, Grange Park, will also be home to one of Canada’s most distinctive playground. With funding from the AGO, the City of Toronto and private donors, the Prime Consultant and Lead Designer (park and playground) is PFS Studio, working with local Landscape Architect thinc design, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Earthscape (playground structures design-build).
In homage to the neighbouring AGO, the playground represents elements of an artist’s studio. The north playground features climbing structures that represent a spilled paint can and crumpled paper. The south playground, in an equal state of disarray offers a colourful artist’s pallet alongside pencils and a squished paint tube. The art-themed playground was designed to offer the highest play value and inspire creativity. It will be a new urban landmark destination for Toronto’s children and visitors.