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Toronto's newest park and talk of the town, the Aga Khan Park encompasses both the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, and offers a broad range of cultural and community activities. The Aga Khan Park aims to provide an experience like no other, with innovative programming ranging from large public events, exceptional art, music & unique food flavours, talks by distinguished speakers, and much, much more. See you soon at the Aga Khan Park!

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Aga Khan Park Receives Two Awards During First Annual American Architecture Prize

Jameel Mulani

The Aga Khan Park has been awarded Silver and Bronze prizes in the categories of “public” and “gardens,” respectively, under the discipline of Landscape Architecture during the inaugural awarding of the annual American Architecture Prize.

On October 3, 2016, the American Architecture Prize jury announced the winning designs in over 40 categories across the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. Each design was evaluated for its characteristics of form, function, and innovation.

The Aga Khan Park, which opened in May of 2015, was designed by Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic in partnership with the Toronto-based Moriyama & Teshima Planners, an internationally renowned design firm specializing in landscape architecture and urban design. Uniting the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the 17-acre Park displays natural geometry through its five reflective pools and the ordered planting of serviceberry trees that flow seamlessly into a perimeter of emerald cedar hedges.

For more information on the American Architecture Prize, visit architectureprize.com.

For further inquires, contact press@agakhanmuseum.org.

 

Bulb Planting Event 2015 & 2016

Jameel Mulani

A crisp, sunny weekend in October 2015 was the perfect backdrop for 100 volunteer gardeners of all ages to participate in a planting event. Each team of planters received a crash course in gardening by experts and fellow volunteers from Wildrose Gardening, Sheridan Nurseries and Pristine Property Maintenance. The volunteers planted 21,000 daffodil bulbs in the naturally regenerating meadow in the Aga Khan Park, including 10,000 yellow (King Alfred) and 11,000 white (Mount Hood) bulbs in colour-blocked swaths.

In October 2016, the Aga Khan Park Landscape Management Committee organized a second planting event where 50 volunteers planted an additional 10,000 bulbs that will bloom into five varieties of white and pink daffodils on either side of the 2015 daffodils; to extend the planting on both sides along the path (east toward Wynford Drive and west toward Eglinton Avenue East).

The daffodils are visible every April from the main path in the Park that connects Wynford Drive to Eglinton Ave East, and by drivers heading south on the Don Valley Parkway or west on Eglinton Ave East. Daffodils were chosen for their tendency to proliferate (versus decline, like tulips) and because squirrels are less likely to uncover them!

We would like to extend a special thanks to Wild Rose, Sheridan Nurseries, Pristine Property Maintenance and Toronto Botanical Gardens for sharing their time and expertise with us. 

Main Image by Aly Manji. Event photography by Aly Manji and Moez Visram.

Toronto's newest cultural hub, the Aga Khan Park, is opened

Shahed Karim

Park opening

Toronto, May 25, 2015 - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne today officially inaugurated the Aga Khan Park, a landscaped garden that encompasses the green space between and around the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre. The Park, the Museum and the Centre together form Toronto’s newest cultural hub.

His Highness the Aga Khan joined Premier Wynne at the opening of the Park, which has become the site for a number of cultural, educational and social programmes designed to foster intercultural dialogue and the exchange of ideas. The Park, created by Lebanon-based landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic, unites two buildings designed by renowned architects: the Ismaili Centre, by Indian architect Charles Correa, and the Aga Khan Museum by Fumihiko Maki of Japan. Moriyama and Teshima are the Canadian architects of record for the entire project.

During his address to the guests, the Aga Khan expressed the hope that “this Park will contribute to strengthening Toronto’s already vibrant pluralism, showcasing to the world Canada’s rich example of pluralism in action.”

In her remarks, Premier Wynne said, “The Park brings its own unique style and its own atmosphere to this beautiful corner of the city. This is a true 21st-century space, one that’s steeped in history but that speaks to our modern vision of a global, inclusive and peaceful society.”

The Park can be enjoyed all year-round, with trees and plants chosen to thrive in Toronto’s climate. Based on a traditional Persian and Mughal chahar bagh (four-part garden), the formal gardens within the Park provide a place for contemplation as well as areas for public programming or private events.

On July 5, this programming will officially begin with the arrival of the Pan Am flame lantern. In addition to a number of events scheduled in the Park itself, both the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre will regularly host exhibitions and lectures.

The three projects are an initiative of the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network. The Aga Khan Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum fosters dialogue and promotes tolerance and mutual understanding among people. The Ismaili Centre joins other Centres in London, Vancouver, Lisbon, Dubai, and Dushanbe, and continues a tradition of hosting programs that stimulate the intellect, encourage dialogue, and celebrate cultural diversity.

Earlier in the day at Queen’s Park, the Aga Khan and Premier Wynne signed an agreement between the Ismaili Imamat and the Province of Ontario that sets a blueprint for cooperation in a number of areas, including culture and education.

Press inquiries:
Faiza Hirji
communications@iicanada.org
 

Aga Khan Park to open on May 25

Shahed Karim

Premier Kathleen Wynne will inaugurate the Aga Khan Park in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, and spiritual leader (Imam) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, in Toronto on Monday, 25 May 2015.

The 6.8-hectare park, Toronto’s newest cultural hub, encompasses the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, both of which were inaugurated last September. All three projects are examples of distinctive, world-class architecture and design, offering a major cultural and architectural contribution to Toronto and Canada.

In the Aga Khan Park, award-winning Lebanon-based landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic aimed to re-create the sensory experience — sounds, aromas, and colours — that he experienced while visiting traditional Islamic gardens in the Alhambra, Spain and Humayun’s Tomb in India, among other historic sites. The result, he hopes, is both "ephemeral and eternal," a space that may change with the passing light or season, yet becomes a permanent legacy for the city of Toronto.

Based on a traditional chahar-bagh (four-part garden), the formal garden within the Park is given a natural geometry through ordered plantings of serviceberry trees. The reflecting pools mirror the sky and capture architectural details of the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre.

A private park that is open to the public, the Aga Khan Park will make a significant contribution to Toronto, providing a venue for individuals and families to gather and enjoy a large number of social and cultural activities and programmes. Community art exhibitions, performing arts events, film screenings, and cultural festivals will be hosted in the Park, beginning with a celebration when the Pan Am lantern comes to the Park on 5 July 2015.

The Aga Khan Park is the ninth park project undertaken around the world by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Often built in rapidly urbanising cities like Cairo and Bamako, the parks can, like the Aga Khan Park, be entirely new developments or, like Babur’s Garden in Kabul, Afghanistan, may involve the restoration of existing sites. Regardless of their location, all embody the same belief — that parks, when properly maintained, can contribute to improving the quality of life in urban areas. In many cases, parks can also be economic generators that can indirectly or directly bring about positive social change.

In Canada, the Aga Khan Park will be joined in the future by a park in Burnaby as well as an Islamic Garden planned for the Devonian Botanic Garden in Edmonton.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of registered charities, agencies and institutions that support social, economic, and cultural development projects.

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Media resources including background information and visuals will be made available upon request.

Accredited Media will have access to the event and are required to RSVP in advance to communications@iicanada.org. As space is limited, we apologize in advance for not being able to accommodate all requests.

Note that media parking on site is limited. Broadcast media planning live coverage can forward requests to the contacts below.

Registered media are required to arrive at 49 Wynford Drive no later than 3:15 PM.

For further information, please contact:

Faiza Hirji
communications@iicanada.org

Semin Abdulla
Senior Communications Officer
Aga Khan Development Network
semin.abdulla@akdn.org