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Greening the Grounds: Landscape Design Competition sets to revitalize Jane and Finch residential community

May 14, 2014

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Greening the Grounds: Landscape Design Competition sets to revitalize Jane and Finch residential community

-High profile design competition to spark urban renewal and community participation -


(Toronto, May 14)  Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) is looking for innovative designers for the San Romanoway Master Plan and Revitalization Project Design Competition! The Greening the Grounds @ Jane + Finch Project aims to revitalize through sustainable design, construction and maintenance the grounds of the San Romanoway complex that is situated on 6.5 acres in the Jane and Finch neighborhood. The competition seeks proposals that explore and illustrate innovative and cost effective sustainable design possibilities. The design competition is open to any professional, student or group of designers. Collaborative submissions are welcome and entrants may form teams with all types of creative and design practitioners. Submissions are due June 30, 2014, with public voting for the best design taking place from July 2 - July 16, 2014. The winning entry will be announced on July 25, 2014.

"The landscape improvements are part of a more comprehensive project for this complex, which addresses food security, employment, water conservation, stormwater management, beautification and tree, shrub and flower planting, while giving special attention to community cohesion," said Cathrin Winkelmann, Project Manager, Watershed Planning Group, Ecology Division, Toronto and Region Conservation. "This competition is a magnificent chance to be part of a high profile pilot project that could serve as an urban renewal precedent for the hundreds of apartment complexes built in the Toronto Region in the 1960s and 1970s. It will showcase great opportunities to transform underutilized, private open spaces into sustainable parks for the enjoyment of nature, the promotion of social development, and the facilitation of community building."

Competition entries must include the following elements:

-        New community  vegetable garden

-        Urban learning orchard

-        Shelters that double as rain harvesting systems

-        Natural eco-landscaping areas with largely native, low maintenance species, both edible and non-edible

-        Opportunities for low impact development (LID) features

-        Shaded seating areas around all public amenities

-        Informal, multi-seasonal, multi-use outdoor theatre space

-        Space for public art installations

-        Lighting scheme powered by renewable energy

-        Temporary vegetable market space

-        BBQ area with durable picnic tables that double as games tables

-        Multi-seasonal, multi-use recreational spaces and activities, including for children and youth

-        Small greenhouse


All entries will be posted on for a round of online public voting. The winning design will be chosen from the top five entries with the most votes and will receive an award of $1,000.

TRCA is leading the project in collaboration with a Project Management Team, consisting of the buildings' owners and managers; San Romanoway Revitalization Association, The Condo Board of 5 San Romanoway, the City of Toronto's Tower Renewal Office, FoodShare and Black Creek Community Farm.

For complete competition information, registration, rules and guidelines, please visit:


 About SNAP

The project is located within the Black Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) neighbourhood. Implemented at the neighbourhood scale, the Black Creek SNAP entails an integrated, one-window approach to urban retrofits. It addresses a broad range of objectives to improve the local environment with measurable results and build resiliency against climate change by greening local infrastructure and encouraging positive behaviour changes among residents and landowners. Most importantly, the Black Creek SNAP achieves these objectives while addressing key social objectives of the Jane and Finch community. For more information, please visit:


About Toronto and Region Conservation

With 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

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Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856

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