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[PHOTO] Seven photos from the Anne Johnston Courtyard, Yonge and Eglinton

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The Anne Johnston Courtyard, located in the middle of the Minto Midtown complex, just south of Eglinton on Yonge, is a very nice green space cradled between the complex’s two towers. Praised by the likes of The Globe and Mail and blogTO as one of the top hidden public spaces in Toronto since it was opened in 2008, the Anne Johnston Courtyard is an example of a great privately-owned publicly-accessible space. Ryan Starr reported in the Toronto Star in 2010 that this park was an integral part of the design team’s environmentally-friendly plans.

Standing in the courtyard of MintoMidtown, Andrew Pride beams with delight as he lists off the property’s various green design elements.

The vice-president of Minto’s “green team” notes the LED exterior lighting, which provides ample illumination but uses minimal energy.

He directs his visitor’s attention to chairs made from recycled steel, and to a rainwater-fed fountain with wind sensors that ensure the water doesn’t blow all over passersby in the event of a sudden gust.

Pride points out that the limestone used throughout the courtyard is locally sourced, which cut down on transportation-related emissions.

“The courtyard is a great gathering place,” he says of the two-tower highrise condo on Yonge St. just south of Eglinton Ave. “It’s the heart of this sustainable community.”

As Shawn Micallef observed, inside this well-designed park it’s almost possible to forget that one’s in the middle of a high-rise condo complex.

Entering the Anne Johnston Courtyard

Fountain and trees

Looking south

Among the potted trees

At play

Carefully green

Looking north

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Written by Randy McDonald

July 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

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