Following the inaugural event, Toronto’s newest cultural hub will host a range of social and cultural activities throughout the summer. Educational programs, art exhibitions, informal musical performances, film screenings and cultural festivals will animate the park in the coming months.
“Such events will bring people of all cultures and religion together to marvel on the beautiful space,” says Ahmed Hussein, Executive Director of Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, an organisation that serves nearby communities.
When the Aga Khan Park opened this spring, it made a major cultural and architectural contribution to the surrounding community and the City of Toronto. A publicly accessible green space uniting the Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum, the park is a meeting place for people from all walks of life.
With its unique design, the park captures the essence of the traditional Islamic garden in a modern context, making the Aga Khan Park stand out from other green spaces around the city.
“The community in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park look at the park as a place to connect and reflect,” explains Hussein. “The park offers a safe space for people to explore the natural beauty of environment around them.”
The Aga Khan Park is one of many parks established or rehabilitated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, including the Forodhani Park in Zanzibar and the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo. Through events such as Reflections, the park brings together a diverse set of people to celebrate the rich culture of the community that surrounds it.
The park is open daily to visitors from dawn to dusk. Guided tours highlighting the plantings and the inspiration behind the design of the park are also available seasonally.