For many years the Rose Garden was a landmark parcel of open space at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Park Home Avenue. Many residents assumed that it was a City Park, not realizing that for several decades it was owned privately and was in imminent danger of being destroyed through high rise development construction on the site. With the help of a large number of residents, John was able to negotiate City ownership of most of the pre-existing garden. On Saturday, May 30, we will be celebrating the opening of the Rose Garden as a park.
We will also be opening the much larger Gibson Park on the west side of the development on lands that, through community involvement, was created as open space. John would like to pay tribute to the late Morry Smith, the resident who spear headed the creation of this open space.
The new parks will feature many varieties of heirloom roses, new and preserved apple trees, plantings and benches, and Public Art pieces by Stephen Cruise commemorating the life and family of David Gibson. We hope you will enjoy it this summer and for many years to come.
You are all invited to the opening on May 30. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 AM at the northwest corner of Yonge & Park Home. John will be joined by staff from the Gibson House Museum and City of Toronto along with members of the North York Historical Society and North York Garden Club for an official ribbon-cutting, reception, live music and activities for the family.