The Cabbagetown Parkscape project is an urban natural oasis that is to be installed along 200 metres of Parliament Street in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood. It is a proof of concept that greener cities increase community cohesiveness, equitable access to nature and profitability of the local businesses.
Constructed in only a few days, the installation will contain 130 truckloads of soil, 3,000 tons of natural materials, 100 new street trees and shrubs, and seating for up to 250 people. Pedestrians can expect a 20-degree Celsius surface temperature decrease in the summer months, and a 50 percent increase in retail foot traffic for local business patrons. Once installed, the Cabbagetown Parkscape will remain in place for 10 weeks during the summer of 2022.