High Park, Toronto’s second-largest park at 400 acres, was officially reopened to the public as of 8 pm on May 10th.
The park had been temporarily closed during its famous cherry blossom season, when tens of thousands of people traditionally flock there to view the blooming Sakura (cherry blossom) trees. The closure was based on recommendations from the Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health under the belief that maintaining proper physical distancing would not be possible.
High Park is reopening to the public starting tonight at 8PM. Parks staff advise we are through the cherry blossom bloom. Thank you to everyone who enjoys this park for their patience and understanding – you have helped us fight #COVID19 and avoid large crowds gathering. pic.twitter.com/NtMZ0aiMX3
— John Tory (@JohnTory) May 10, 2020
As a result, the City offered a 24-hour ‘bloom cam’ that residents and those interested could view, as well as hosting a few live virtual tours.
In the weeks since a state of emergency was declared in Toronto, many critics, planners, and writers have continued to point out the need for residents to have more space during COVID-19 restrictions. And while the City has announced ActiveTO with the intention of creating said space for pedestrians, the reopening of High Park will surely help residents find an important escape in an all too cramped world.
This week several businesses are also allowed to reopen in Ontario as the province begins the gradual process of reopening the economy.