Nature in the City

ARTS & CULTURE DISTRICT

26. ART GARDENS - welcoming park edge, undulating berms, tree groves, art display areas, pathways
27. SPECIAL STUDY AREA* - possible recreation building with underground parking
28. MINORU GATE PARK ENTRY - improved pedestrian/bike route, art elements, tree lined, green and inviting
29. COVERED EVENT SPACE - oriented to southeast, sound and power
30. ARTS & CULTURE HUB - paved areas around existing trees, unique seating
31. MINORU PARK ENTRY FEATURE - visual feature from Granville, inviting and intriguing

*Special Study Area: 
The future uses for the existing Minoru Aquatic Centre and Minoru Place Activity Centre sites are being studied through a separate, concurrent process. The outcomes of that study will be incorporated into the Minoru Park Vision Plan. These options consider high-level preliminary program alternatives for the Special Study Area.
 

LAKES DISTRICT

1. PARK ENTRY FROM WESTMINSTER
views to water, seating, wayfinding, strong connection to street
2. IMPROVED PARK ENTRY
new street, walkways, street trees, parking lot
3. WATER ENTRY POND
elevated, waterfall, viewing deck, boardwalk in front
4. LOOKOUT BERM
naturalized grass landscape, views to lake
5. ISLAND & LOOKOUT TOWER
access, tower with park views, trails
6. HEALING GARDENS
wellness walkways, intimate outdoor spaces
7. UPPER POND SEATING AREA
plaza, deck over pond
8. MINORU LAKE HOUSE
restrooms, covered plaza, cascade between upper and lower pond
9. LAWN BOWLING CLUBHOUSE
10. LAKES HUB
amphitheater seating, water plaza, seating
11. LAKES LAWN
open grass area, afternoon sun
12. GATEWAY PLAZA
outdoor art and performance space
13. GATEWAY DESTINATION
overhead feature, lighting, intriguing, art
14. CANAL VIEWPOINT
stone block seat steps, feature bridge with lighting and art
15. HERITAGE WALK
pathway following heritage racetrack trees, tree lighting, interpretive, tree renewal to reestablish tree line
16. PICNIC FOREST
improved canal, picnic platforms
17. GREENWAY PARK ENTRY
(future)

ACTIVE LIVING DISTRICT

18. CENTRAL WAYFINDING POINT
visible throughout park
19. FITNESS LOOP START
workout stations, multi-distance route
20. A PLACE TO SPEND THE DAY
adventure playground, youth activities, picnic options (lawn, shelters, tables), replaces cricket pitch
21. SPORTS HUB
restrooms, storage, caretaker’s facility, lookout seating
22. TRACK & FIELD THROWING AREA
reorganized to allow improved circulation
23. FOREST AREA
existing trees maintained, seating, quiet areas
24. PARKADE & ROOFTOP TENNIS FACILITIES
replaces surface parking, new tennis clubhouse
25. EXISTING GRANDSTAND
improved pedestrian circulation around, incorporated art features

Inspiration

Nature in the City follows the form and flow of nature, weaving and intertwining park elements and providing opportunities for delight and discovery as you meander through winding pathways.

LAKES DISTRICT

The Lakes District is an updated version of today’s Minoru Lakes, with a mix of natural lake edges and places to get out and over the water. 

New experiences include boardwalks to the upper pond island, a lookout tower with views over the lake, a a bridge in front of the waterfall, and a lawn that captures the afternoon sun. The Lakes Hub provides spaces for play, education, and relaxation as we; as a beautiful Minoru Lake House and Lawn Bowling Clubhouse that provide washrooms and food service. 

A woodland is grown within existing trees south of the ponds and the canal has enhanced green banks and a viewpoint with stone seating leading to the edge. Crossing the canal is celebrated on a wide, lit bridge, and the picnic area south of the canal includes seating platforms above a naturalized landscape.
The Gateway Theatre and Minoru Chapel are folded into the Lakes District and a new gateway leading to the theatre is established with art, light, and excitement, enticing people to visit and explore.

 

ACTIVE LIVING DISTRICT

Minoru Park’s Active Living District is built around the high-quality field and court spaces that exist today. The cricket pitch is relocated to a different park to allow space for a new destination that makes Minoru Park a place to spend the day. An adventure playground, fitness circuit, picnic areas, and youth activities attract users of all ages and interests and trails flow from this heart of the park out to other park destinations.

The existing track and field throwing area is maintained, but reorganized to strengthen circulation and an improved pedestrian entry experience from Minoru Gate. 
Clement Track and the Grandstand remain, with better pedestrian routes around and the back of the Grandstand becomes an opportunity for an innovative vertical art feature, tying together the Active Living and Arts & Culture Districts.

The Tennis Club courts and new clubhouse are elevated above a parkade, reducing surface parking requirements and creating opportunities for enhanced pedestrian routes and green spaces.

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ARTS & CULTURE DISTRICT

The Arts & Culture District is expanded around the Cultural Centre to become the heart of Minoru Park’s events and celebrations.

The existing plaza is reconfigured to incorporate a large covered event space and open plaza that is suitable for large gatherings or smaller educational activities or events. 

The existing trees are maintained in the southeast corner of the site with plaza space and unique seating platforms incorporated in and around the established trees.

An art or water feature at the corner of Minoru Blvd and Granville Ave beckons people into the park while strong street tree corridors and walkways are established along the streets in both directions.

The Special Study Area, being studied through a concurrent process, is considered for a new building with potential underground parking, allowing the conversion of surface parking south of the Clement Track into a green park edge and art garden.