In 2016, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Botanicus Art Ensemble undertook a study to determine the feasibility of year round programming in MacGregor Playground (Lansdowne Ave. north of College St.) for the full diversity of people in the area. Alongside art & garden programs, Botanicus conducted visioning sessions and surveys: asking our community how the park could become more inviting, more accessible, and more vibrant. Thank you to everyone who participated!
To see the results of the survey, please visit http://www.botanicusart.com/community-visioning/
Architecture firm DTAH was commissioned to investigate how the MacGregor Fieldhouse might be transformed to support year-round community programming. Currently, the building is unheated and closed for six months of the year. In order to inform the future of the Fieldhouse, DTAH investigated the past, present and potential future of the Park as a whole. Conclusions from this investigation, specifically the option of an expansion to the Fieldhouse, were positively received during well-attended presentations at the park and endorsed by the Directors of the BAE. Great interest has been expressed in improving both the Park and Fieldhouse to reflect the evolving needs of the surrounding community.
To read the DTAH MacGregor Fieldhouse Feasibility Study, please visit http://www.botanicusart.com/fieldhouse-study/
To read a report of all of the Botanicus Art Ensemble Art & Garden programming for 2016, please visit http://www.botanicusart.com/new-page-1/