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New City Centre Park

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 boundary.

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 activities.

Park Design

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 Update

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.