Berczy Park Grand Re-opening moments

4 Jul

DDcXTDkXoAEvohrFive years after the initial idea of a Berczy Park revitalization took hold, Berczy Park celebrated a lively grand re-opening event on June 28, 2017. The event, hosted by The City of Toronto, St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA, Friends of Berczy Park and other community partners, drew well over 500 attendees to unveil the beautiful new $7.2 million park.

Following live music, children’s face-painting and storytelling – and a unique performance art appearance by Les Moutons, actors dressed as shepherd and sheep in the new park green space – speeches were made by Deputy Mayor and Councillor Pam McConnell, Mayor John Tory, and park designers Claude Cormier and Marc Halle of Claude Cormier et associes of Montreal. The crowd gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony by the whimsical cast iron fountain with 27 dog sculptures (& one cat).

If you missed the event, or want to re-live some of the highlights, enjoy our slideshow below. Thank you to all the photographers who shared these photos on Twitter and Instagram,  including Jon from EstatePhotoArt.

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2 Responses to “Berczy Park Grand Re-opening moments”

  1. Cherie Sparkes July 5, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

    I love this new fountain. It does put a smile on your face when you approach it. I saw a dog today that also seemed delighted with the fountain trying to bite the water coming from the mouth of one of the statutes. However, when he tried to go actually into the fountain to cool off, a passer-by said that dogs are not actually allowed in the fountain to cool off. In fact the owner could be faced with a $350.00 fine! Is this true?

    • Friends of Berczy Park Working Group July 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

      Hi Cherie, We’re glad you like the park and the fountain! It’s true that dogs should not enter the fountain, since dirt and hair will damage the fountain filters, and the water may have a chemical treatment that is likely not good for dogs. (The ankle-level trough encircling the fountain however is separate, drinkable tap water for dogs.)
      In terms of the fine, technically dogs must not go ‘off-leash’ in the park, so a City by-law enforcement officer might warn or ticket a pet owner (I believe that sum you mention is approximately accurate). However, we hope that by-law officers will just warn pet-owners not to enter the fountain again (since the water in the fountain is no doubt tempting to a hot dog).

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