Saving a Community Landmark: How People & Policy-makers Revived Guild Park
By John Mason, Friends of Guild Park
Sunday, May 7
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Area: Guildwood Village
Theme: Advocacy and Politics, Architecture and Urban Planning, History and Community
Accessibility: Uneven terrain, Family-friendly walk, Indoor public washrooms are limited to two toilets
Toronto’s historic Guild Park & Gardens, atop the Scarborough Bluffs, has been transformed in the past decade through the collaborative efforts of the City of Toronto and community residents.
Many recent improvements at Guild Park are a direct result of applying ideas popularized by Jane Jacobs:
• Encouraging residents to give ideas about the neighbourhood’s future
• Maintaining continuity within a community network
• The power of informed grass-roots advocacy
Examples of how Guild Park benefited from Jane Jacob’s thinking include:
• The design and name of the site’s new Clark Centre for the Arts
• The restoration of the original Guild Inn, originally a 1914 Arts & Crafts-style homestead
• A City-community partnership launched to re-open a 1940 artist’s studio as a welcome centre.
This Jane’s Walk will highlight these and other unique features at Guild Park, such as displays of outdoor public art and architectural artifacts located on the site.
Start Location: At Guild Park's main gates (201 Guildwood Pkwy. Watch for the Friends of Guild Park sign
End Location: Same as start. Note TTC bus #116 (to and from the Kennedy station) stops right in front of Guild Park's gates.