A new urban park destination is about to begin construction in downtown Mississauga.
Known as Community Common, this 1.4 ha (3.4 ac.) signature park is located west of the Living
Arts Centre and is bounded by Living Arts Drive, Princess Royal Drive and Confederation
Parkway. One Park Tower (Daniels Corporation), a residential condominium, is adjacent to
the north, while a future development block is adjacent to the park along its northeast
This distinctive public open space within downtown Mississauga, is meant to provide for the
needs of the local community while attracting visitors with programmed events and
As a park for the local community, the design of Community Common reflects the PPS principle
of 10 things to do in the park. These can include passive activities such as
walking, jogging, people watching, visiting with a friend, reading; walking your dog, playing
frisbee or catch with a ball; building a snowman and programmed activities such as Tai
Chi. The open green interior space even provides opportunities for events from the Civic
Square to expand into this area.
Plans for the park include features such as:
flexible areas of open green interior space for a diverse range of passive activities;
central social plaza will attract residents from all sides
a water wall feature and trough with band of light adjacent to the social plaza will
reinforce this area as the centre of the park;
an iconic one storey washroom pavilion
a Dog Spot Lot will be an enclosed space for dogs to do their business;
strong street identity will be created by large growing shade trees known to be successful
in urban situations.
seating options regular benches along the north east-west spine; large slab benches (with
skateboard deterrents added) moveable bistro chairs and tables within the plaza.
A Public Open House was held on February 17, 2009 to provide an opportunity to learn about
the project and view the conceptual design drawings. Since then, the consultant team has
completed detailed design plans and construction documents for this park development including
a restroom pavilion.
Construction continues adjacent the park with crosswalk line painting and traffic signal
installations along Princess Royal Drive at Living Arts Drive and Confederation Parkway
intersections. These works are being administered by the Transportation and Works
Department and will be complete next week.
The park construction contract has been awarded to the company of Gateman-Milloy Inc. of
Kitchener. Gateman-Milloy has been involved in many landscape construction projects in the City
of Mississauga, most notable of which have been St. Lawrence Park and Riverwood's basic park
development including the new building for Visual Arts Mississauga and the renovation of
MacEwan House. Construction will commence the last week of October 2009, with completion
of park and washroom pavilion in summer 2010.
City of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario Canada L5B 3C1