A long awaited makeover of Berczy Park is one step closer to realization, as a call for tender has been made, looking for contractors to provide the materials, equipment, labour and supervision required for Montreal's Claude Cornier & Associes' plan to be realized. The park will be upgraded with various features like patterned paving, as well as a new fountain, inspired by the dogs living in the surrounding neighbourhood and which are frequently brought to the space.
Berczy Park is located in the shadow of the Gooderham Building (a.k.a. the Flat Iron), and is a very busy place at lunch time as office workers take respite in the small section of green space. It's also become an increasing popular spot for dog owners as condo developments pop up in the vicinity of the St. Lawrence Market. Finding a way to make both of these groups happy, plus other stakeholders like children, was the challenge facing landscape architect Claude Cornier when he was commissioned to redesign the park a few years ago. After a lengthy community consultation process, the final plan reveals a design that works to divide the space for different users but also to foster interaction at the centre of the park.
Cormier divides the park into the three segments so as to insulate kids and those eating their lunch from dogs, but through the use of a large dog-themed fountain that includes a water trough for thirsty canines, he also offers a major endorsement for four-legged users of this most crucial green space.
Along with the watering trough, the fountain will be outfit with a series of bronze-cast dogs at various heights and punctuated by a bone at the very top. Work is scheduled to commence immediately after the conclusion of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.