ST JAMES TOWN DEVELOPMENT
“I would like to walk in space that reminds me of back home, of the gardens, the parks, the outdoor spaces.”
We are a group of St. James Town residents who work to refashion our neighbourhood into a community reflecting the energy, diversity, and commitment of its residents.
A Space to Showcase our Multicultural Heritage
A Joint Project of the Toronto Garden Club and Community Matters Toronto
Community Matters Toronto is working with a number of community partners to develop the existing green space in eastern St James Town as a centre for community gatherings in a welcoming and safe environment. The design would provide for the multipurpose use of space, for example, a garden area used for meditation and Tai chi classes or exercise space that can be converted to festival and exhibition space. It could include: beautification with art and plant materials, a performing and seating area, kiosks for outdoor lessons, vendors and exhibitions, natural environments for outdoor exercise, pathways and a meditation/sculpture garden.
The first phase of the development project will see a Landscape Ontario Otium Outdoor Exercise Garden at Canada Blooms developed by Shawn Gallaugher Design re-purposed and installed at the St James Town eastern green space. The Landscape Ontario Otium Outdoor Exercise Garden is designed to include exercises to strengthen residents’ health, well-being, and connection to nature. The concept is unique in that the landscape features of the garden themselves are used as exercise equipment.
CMT Supported Programs help over 30,000 residents in St. James Town.