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The City launched the Everyone is King Design Build Competition on January 11, 2018. It was an opportunity for businesses, the community and design professionals to be part of and contribute to the rethinking of King Street. The intent of the competition was to create a series of attractive curb lane public spaces on King Street for all to enjoy.
The King Street Transit Pilot began in November 2017, exploring bold, transformative ideas on how to redesign the street and test a range of options to improve streetcar transit reliability, capacity and efficiency. The Pilot also aims to improve place-making and support economic prosperity.
As part of the Pilot, 19 new curb lane public spaces between Bathurst and Jarvis are being created. In December 2017, the spaces were delineated by planters. Local businesses have the opportunity to use the public spaces on their blocks between now and the end of the Pilot (December 2018). Spaces that have not been claimed by local businesses will be included in the Competition. Businesses can choose to animate the space on their own or can have the space designed through the Competition. Once we have heard from the businesses, the total number of spaces will be confirmed and identified. Two of these spaces will be reserved for Durable Destination Parklets and the rest for Temporary Public Space installations.
The public space depths vary between 1.95 to 2.45m and lengths from 15 to 138m. The planters defining the public spaces can be incorporated or excluded from future designs if replaced with other safety measures. Most spaces do not have a power source. Adjustments to the size and location of the public spaces may be required during the year.
Public Space Installations (PSIs) are temporary creative designs that encourage people to gather, sit and enjoy King Street.
Inspiration: creative seating, tables, flowers, shrubs, trees, logs, stones, road murals, map, maze, go-karts, zip-line, curling, skating, shuffle board, hopscotch, mini-putt, weight training, ping-pong, bowling, yoga spaces, garlands, banners, umbrellas, photo exhibit, light projections, reflexology infinity meditation path, music, sculptures, hammocks, performance stage, fashion show catwalk, bleachers, propane heaters (if managed by adjacent business), Little Free Library, World Cup 2018 destination.
Destination Parklets (DPs) are durable accessible seating areas or green spaces placed adjacent to sidewalks in the curb lanes. Two City-funded King Street parklets will showcase excellence through the great design of resilient, movable and reusable public amenities. After the Pilot, these parklets will continue to be enjoyed, perhaps in another City location.
Competition Stream 1: Temporary Public Space Installations
|January 9||PSI Call for Concept Proposals|
|January 22||PSI Pre-submittal Meeting|
|February 6||PSI Deadline for submitting questions|
|February 15||PSI Concept Proposals Due|
|Late February||Winners to be contacted and agreements to be signed|
|April*||PSI Winners to be Announced|
|Late April to May*||‘Everyone is King’ PSI Installations coming to the King Street Pilot|
|December 31*||‘Everyone is King’ PSIs Conclude|
* Revised Dates
Competition Stream 2: Durable Destination Parklets
|January 9||DP Expressions of Interest Issued|
|January 22||DP Pre-submittal Meeting|
|January 25||DP Deadline for submitting questions|
|January 29||DP Expressions of Interest Due|
|Early February||DP Two Teams Invited to Phase II|
|February to April||DP Detailed Design & Construction|
|April 23||‘Everyone is King’ DP Installation Begins|
|December 31||‘Everyone is King’ DPs Conclude|