Premier Kathleen Wynne and His Highness the Aga Khan officially opened the Aga Khan Park in front of hundreds of guests and dignitaries in North York Monday, May 25.
“I’m in awe today at the beauty of this park and how this expansion will further benefit the community. The park will benefit not only the local Ismaili community, but all communities surrounding the park, across the city and the province.
This is a true 21st century space, one that’s steeped in history, but that speaks to our modern vision of a global inclusive and peaceful society.
I appreciate the Aga Khan Museum’s promotion of values of cultural diversity, intercultural peace and tolerance, which is critical to a pluralistic society like Ontario’s.
These are values that we hold dear in Ontario and values that are shared by His Highness the Aga Khan.”
– Premier Kathleen Wynne
The 6.8-hectare park encompasses the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, both of which opened last year.
The Aga Khan, in his remarks, said the opening of the park signifies the completion and connection of the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum.
“In the first place, of course, we celebrate a striking new connection between the two buildings we dedicated last year.
The Aga Khan Park now connects those buildings in a special way – not just as a passageway, or empty space between two structures, but as a work of art in its own right.”
– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan
The park was designed by Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic who set out to recreate the sensory experience he felt while visiting traditional Islamic gardens in the Alhambra, Spain and Humayun’s tomb in Delhi, India.
The park features a formal four-part garden, reflective pools, paved walkways and more than 500 trees.
By DOMINIK KUREK for Inside Toronto – North York Mirror