Cloud Gardens

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Cloud Gardens
Cloud Gardens sign.JPG
Cloud Gardens is located in Toronto
Cloud Gardens
Location of the park in Toronto
TypePublic Park
Location14 Temperance Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°39′04″N 79°22′47″W / 43.651168°N 79.379826°W / 43.651168; -79.379826Coordinates: 43°39′04″N 79°22′47″W / 43.651168°N 79.379826°W / 43.651168; -79.379826
Area0.6 acres (2,400 m2)
Operated byToronto Parks
WebsiteCloud Gardens Conservatory

Cloud Gardens or "Bay Adelaide Park" and "Cloud Gardens Conservatory"[1] is a small park in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It extends from the south side Richmond Street to the north side of Temperance Street, between Yonge Street and Bay Street, on 0.6 acres (2,400 m2) of land.


The site was given to the city in the 1980s as part of a deal that allowed the Bay Adelaide Centre to be higher than official plan limits. The developers thus gave a small portion of the lot to the city and spent $5 million to build a park.

Landscape design and art[edit]

The conservatory (greenhouse) is in the upper left, the waterfall to its right and the outdoor artwork in the upper right

Designed by Baird Sampson Neuert Architects,[2] the MBTW Group/Watchorn Architects, and two artists—Margaret Priest and Tony Sherman[3]—the park features elaborate landscape design. The western part of the park includes a network of pathways and is edged by cluster of trees around a semicircular lawn. The eastern portion is marked by series of walkways climbing past a waterfall. Rising above this area is a monument to Toronto's construction workers designed by Margaret Priest and constructed by the Building Trades Union. It comprises squares that each illustrate one of the building trades. Thus one shows a network of steel rebars, another, a cluster of wiring.

The namesake feature of the Gardens is a small greenhouse set to the cool and moist conditions of certain mountain ecologies. A walkway runs from the lower-level entrance to an upper-level exit by the waterfall. Occasionally, parkour teams of Toronto will train here. Cloud Gardens won Baird Sampson Architects a Governor General's Architecture Award.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cloud Gardens Conservatory". City of Toronto, Parks Listings. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  2. ^ "Barry Sampson - projects - 0.6A public park (aerial photo)". University of Toronto web site, faculty pages. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
  3. ^ "Urban Design: Cloud Garden Park". Lost Streams, Toronto, Web site. Retrieved 2009-03-27.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cloud Gardens at Wikimedia Commons