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Ryerson University unveils plan to revitalize campus public space

One of the projects is to level up Gould Street to the level of sidewalks so it becomes more accessible

The rendering of a revitalized portion of Gould Street, showing a lot more focus on pedestrians. CONTRIBUTED

The rendering of a revitalized portion of Gould Street, showing a lot more focus on pedestrians. CONTRIBUTED

Ryerson University is getting more people-friendly.

The school’s public realm policy, unveiled Wednesday, looks at life on campus at street level and includes changes to street furniture, curb design, green spaces and lighting.

“This is about improving safety, accessibility and quality of place on our campus,” said Ryerson’s director of communications Michael Forbes.

The first major project will look transform Gould Street, which has been closed to cars since 2011.

“That street is the heart of our campus and bustles with activity, but it’s not all that it could be,” said Forbes.

Other projects will also improve campus laneways and street intersections.

Area councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam said the city has allocated $2 million to the Ryerson plan.

“By the time we’re finished with the Yonge Street revitalization as well as this Ryerson plan, it’s going to be a brand new downtown,” she said.

A closer look at some of the projects planned as part of Ryerson University’s new public realm strategy:

1. Gould Plaza and Nelson Mandela Walk:

The roadway will be raised to the level of sidewalks and the entire area north of Victoria Street will become a pedestrian priority public space.

2. Inner campus streets:

Other streets in the core campus will become more pedestrian friendly, with speed reductions and improved streetscaping.

3. Campus entrances:

Areas where Ryerson’s campus merges into downtown, for example Yonge and Gould streets or Dundas Victoria streets, will be given wider pedestrian boulevards and narrower roads for cars.

4. Campus Green:

The plan is to maximize public use of both Community Park and Pitman Quad, the two largest green spaces on campus. More furnishing and plants will allow for more seating, as well as public programming like movies, festivals and farmers markets.

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