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Toronto's 'Sky Park' Is The City's Answer To High Line Envy

09/30/2014 03:34 EDT | Updated 09/30/2014 04:59 EDT

Ever since New York opened its High Line Park, a railroad track converted to urban greenspace, cities around the world have looked with envy at New York’s overground playground.

(If you haven’t been, seriously, check it out. It’s awesome.)

Now Toronto is getting its own overground playground, with Tuesday’s announcement of a “sky park” to be built around the city’s central train station.

Transit operator Metrolinx and developer Invanhoe Cambridge have released the first visuals of a new complex planned for the Union Station area, which will feature a new GO bus terminal for regional commuters and a 2.7-million-square-foot office complex.

It will also include a one-acre “sky park” over the railroad corridor.

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Construction is expected to begin in 2015, with the GO bus terminal slated for opening in 2019, Ivanhoe Cambridge said.

The complex “will be an architectural landmark of downtown Toronto, while offering best-in-market premises for our tenants,” Ivanhoe Cambridge VP Paul Gleeson said in a statement.

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Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said the complex fits perfectly with the province’s plans for transit around the Greater Toronto Area.

“This new Terminal will welcome GO Transit's fleet of environmentally friendly double-decker buses to downtown Toronto, and will provide more options for commuters and tourists alike” around southern Ontario, he said.

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But the development may not be enough to satiate High Line Park envy.

A duo of Toronto developers have proposed building a “High Line Park” type of facility -- a pedestrian bridge that would span the distance from the Liberty Village condo complex in the west end to Queen Street West.

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