Special Edition of Fife & Drum: all the new urban things at Fort York

This birdseye view shows how the paired bridges work together to connect the south extension of Stanley Park (left) with the Garrison Common at Fort York (right). Also how they give access to parklands at the east tip of the so-called Ordnance Triangle (foreground). (Credit: Dufferin/Pedelta/DTAH )

A special edition of Fife and Drum, the newsletter produced by the Friends of Fort York, was just released to capture the incredible amount of urban action that has been announced in the last week set to transform the entire area, now home to 70,000 residents. The Friends of Fort York have had a front row view of it all since their creation in 1994. Here’s their take on the two new projects, and a look at the the Fort’s relationship with the Gardiner itself. Inside this edition:

  1.  A look at Project: Under Gardiner and how Fort York will be at the heart of this new urban revitalization plan
  2. How Fort York learned to live with the Gardiner & embrace some of its gifts
  3. The new Fort York Bridge announcement will make the fort the nexus of a number of cycling and pedestrian corridors & connect the neighbourhoods south of the railway lands to those in the north.

All free!

You can download a PDF of the current issue here. But you can also go here to subscribe to Fife and Drum, so it will arrive in your inbox. Here you’ll also find back issues of Fife and Drum to download.

Fife & Drum lists upcoming events and recent goings-on at the fort, but it also has, since the Friends began publishing it in 1996, exhaustively researched essays and stories about the fort, Toronto and related history. I serve as volunteer director on the Friends of Fort York board, the volunteer advocacy organization that has helped look after the interests of City of Toronto’s premier museum site.