Flower gardens, an ornamental fountain, a labyrinth and public footpaths are some of the special features of the beautiful outdoor landscape that will surround the new Bridgepoint Hospital.
“The gardens will integrate Bridgepoint with Riverdale Park and the surrounding neighbourhood, providing an open and welcoming connection to the community,” says Greg Colucci, Principal of Diamond & Schmitt Architects, one of the firms involved in the design of the new Bridgepoint Hospital.
While there are several Toronto hospitals surrounded by lawns or parkland, Bridgepoint will be the only one with landscaped public gardens that have been specifically designed to promote health and well-being.
Beautiful public spacesThe grounds of the new Bridgepoint Hospital have been designed to create a lush and healthy outdoor environment that everyone can enjoy. New pedestrian and bike paths will connect Gerrard Street to Riverdale Park. The grounds will include special gardens near the historic Don Jail, highlighting the site’s rich heritage. An outdoor labyrinth will offer patients and the public a calm, meditative space for contemplation.
Restored ecological balanceAs a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified facility, the new Bridgepoint Hospital will incorporate environmentally-friendly features and practices, such as using stormwater run-off for irrigating the gardens, and using phosphorus-free fertilizer. The hospital landscaping will also reintroduce native plants, increase the number of trees and reduce hard surfaces, providing a better habitat for butterflies, birds and other animals.
Healing gardens for patients and the public
Healing doesn’t just happen in hospital rooms. Studies have shown that gardens can relieve stress, lower heart rates and increase levels of comfort. Throughout the Bridgepoint Hospital grounds, there will be tranquil garden spaces where patients and community members can enjoy the therapeutic benefits. Walking paths will provide places for gentle exercise, while benches will offer quiet areas to rest and visit with friends. Trees and plants will be specially chosen so that the gardens will be beautiful in every season.
The new Bridgepoint Hospital gardens are being supported by our Life.Changes. capital campaign. To learn more, visit lifechanges.ca or contact Cynthia Webb at Bridgepoint Health Foundation: 416-461-8252 ext. 2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.