Revitalized Grange Park set to reopen in July — here's a sneak peek
Park just south of the Art Gallery of Ontario will feature beloved Henry Moore sculpture
Grange Park is scheduled to reopen to the public in July after years of construction and landscaping, and the restored park will feature a beloved Henry Moore sculpture.
The revitalization project for the park — found just south of the Art Gallery of Ontario — was announced back in 2014, and includes the addition of 60 trees, a larger playground, a dog off-leash area, and new paths, lighting and seating.
When the park reopens, it will feature 'Large Two Forms', the bronze work of abstract art from British artist Henry Moore that's called the corner of McCaul and Dundas Streets home since 1974.
"We have another artwork going in its place," said Christy Thompson, chief of exhibitions and collections at the AGO, during the sculpture's move on Saturday morning.
What's replacing it, she said, will be announced soon.
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The AGO's team relocated the 3.86 by 6.1 metre sculpture close to the circular path on the west side of the park, making it one of the final additions to the project.
The new site will "provide a 360-degree unobstructed view of the sculpture," according to the AGO.
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The revitalization also features new washrooms and a gathering space.
The project was developed by urban design and landscape architecture firm PFS Studios, executive architect Thinc Design, and play equipment designer Earthscape, with funding from the Weston family, the AGO, and the city.
The park's official reopening is scheduled for July 8.