Truax Lofts – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Winner
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Saigon Park is a model for 21st century open space design providing multifunctional public space that includes recreational amenities and green stormwater infrastructure in close proximity to the City of Mississauga’s downtown core.
The park, located within a highly urbanized area 10km from Lake Ontario at the headwaters of Cooksville Creek, is ideally situated to treat runoff and mitigate flood risk. A flood event in 2009 caused significant damage to homes and infrastructure and triggered the development of the park with the goal of reducing downstream flooding and improving water quality while simultaneously creating a social, recreational, and cultural destination.
The park encompasses a 2.7ha constructed lake and wetland that provides stormwater treatment and flood control for a 500-hectare contributing drainage area. The lake is integrated with over a kilometer of trails, two lookout areas, three fitness stations and a grassy terraced seating area that provides contemplative space and opportunity to interact with water. Public art installations at the park’s entrance act as a landmark and reconnect residents with the watershed by communicating the park’s value and function within the broader ecological context.
The park has become a green oasis within a highly commercial and industrial area of the city and its popularity has soared, with visitors driving long distances to use the space for daily exercise, wildlife photography and social gatherings. However, the park’s greatest impact has been as a symbol of cultural diversity within the city, celebrating the Vietnamese-Canadian community who found refuge in Canada in 1975. Following the park’s dedication, the Vietnamese community has taken ownership of the space and their investment and stewardship drive the long-term success of Saigon Park.