Parks and green spaces are an integral part of the pulse of Toronto. Offering refuge from the hot summer sun, sticky sidewalks and maybe your shoes, the city’s myriad of green spaces are one of the best things about Toronto. Whether you’re a Trinity Bellwoods people-watcher, a High Park family-type or slowing down for a day in the Beaches, there are tons of great park activities you should scratch off your list if you haven’t already.

So last week we mentioned that Market Wharf was all sold out and we were both equal parts sad and proud, like a parent sending their kid off to university. But, it appears as that farewell was in vain because we totally have more Market Wharf news.

Okay, we have a slight surprise for you so try to contain your excitement. There’s been amazing progress on the amenities centre of Library District and we just couldn’t wait to show you. Here’s the amenities centre in it’s current incarnation

Ah July, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, Library District is rising, couldn’t ask for a better time. We’ve come a long way in a year and we can’t wait to show you what’s going on! But first, a look back to a year ago.

Toronto Apocalypse

So here we are, looks like the Mayans were right after all. Who had called that massive volcano to erupt and throw us out of orbit? Nobody? Wow. Oh well, what’s done is done and those of us alive are totally looking for something to pass the time. After all, we’re pretty sure we won’t have to go into work next week. So what is there to do?

Library District Context

This past Wednesday, Context hosted a celebration at Fort York signifying the commencement of Construction on the Library District tower. Officials from Context, Baker and the Toronto library were on hand to celebrate the construction beginning across the street.

Beyond the Bathurst st bridge, Library District can be seen poking up above the fall foliage. Fort york also presented an opportunity for  attendees to learn more about the national historic site that will be located right next to our building.

After a light lunch and some warm beverages, Howard Cohen from Context gave a few words about the development and the significance of incorporating the City of Toronto’s 100th library into the development. Jeff from Baker real estate and shared his thoughts from a realtor point of view.

Fort York also took the opportunity to showcase their own development to revitalize their tourist area within the fort york by building a visitors centre. The building–part of a $23 million upgrading of Toronto’s birthplace–will start construction during the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. It will sit just outside the gates to the ramparts of the fort, within the National Historic Site and tucked into a slope in the ground that was once a bank on the shore of Lake Ontario.

Library District is located directly to the east of Fort York and is currently under development. Library district also includes the construction of Toronto’s 100th  public library.

To learn more about Fort York, pay a visit! And don’t forget to say ” Hello” to Library District across the street 🙂

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Right beside our Library District construction site lies one of the most historically significant sites in Toronto, if not Canada. Fort York was built to protect the small colony of York from American threats in the later part of the 1700’s and has played a key role in the development of modern Toronto as we know it. In the following series we will sit down with one of the most foremost experts on Fort York, Carl Benn, PhD and Dean of History at Ryerson University to chat about the fort’s history and it’s role in shaping Toronto into the city it is today.

We recently, we came across a series of stunning infographics created by Mikell Fine Iles that refer to different parks of the world, and we thought it was worth sharing them with you.

Despite rumors of extinction, public libraries are still going strong. According to the most recent report from the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, library usage across the country is up 45 % over the past decade, from 16.6 to 24.1 transactions on average.


What defines a world class city? Some of the things we can think of include: architecture, nightlife, art and culture, infrastructure and transit. We also believe that public spaces should be right at the top of that list.