Bloor-Annex BIA Parkettes recognized with National Award of Excellence

Major St. parkette with artist Daniela Rocha’s mural in the background.

We are extremely proud to announce that the DTAH-designed Bloor-Annex BIA Parkettes at Robert St., Major St., Brunswick Ave. and Howland Ave. have been recognized with a National Award of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. The Awards of Excellence honour projects across Canada for their distinctive design, ground-breaking research, sustainable landscape management and more.

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Howland Ave. parkette with artist Nick Sweetman’s Bee Mural.

FROM DTAH: The series of four parkettes re-imagines formerly underutilized asphalt surfaces in the neighbourhood, transforming these areas into sustainable and dynamic public amenity spaces. The design highlights what makes the Bloor-Annex such a unique space in the city. Custom benches were created for the parkettes using wooden beams salvaged from the demolition of a nearby Toronto landmark, Honest Ed’s.


Brunswick Ave. Parkette with artist Komi Olaf’s Blues Mural that pays homage to the Brunswick House.

Granite benches were designed by local artist, Robert Cram, utilizing quarry cut-offs and innovative stone installation techniques. The parkettes feature new surfacing, pollinator planting, large canopy trees, integrated public art and new bicycle parking, offering a space for quiet contemplation, a meeting place or a rest-stop in Toronto’s bustling downtown.

Robert St. Parkette outside of the Metro at 425 Bloor St. W.