Sunday, October 23, 2016

Airplane viewing platform to be built at Danville Park in Mississauga

Danville Park will be home to a plane-viewing platform to spot airplanes flying in and out of Toronto Pearson International Airport.

In partnership with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), the City of Mississauga is constructing the viewing platform at the highest point in the city, the Danville Park pinnacle. Located north of Highway 401, off Kennedy Road, the pinnacle is 25 metres above the park area.

“We’re hoping that this spot becomes a source of community pride and becomes a destination spot in Mississauga,” said Kathryn Hanford, manager of community outreach for the GTAA.

Community engagement will be a staple to the design of the viewing platform. Hanford said the GTAA and the city have reached out to residents of Wards 3 and 5, who are most impacted by proximity to the airport, to find out what features they would like to see.

Options include viewfinders, wind socks, pinnacle posts that suggest flight paths, an overhead feature, whirly gig pinwheel and seating.

The GTAA has also donated limestone from the Avro Arrow building to be incorporated into the design.

“Toronto Pearson believes it’s important to be a good neighbor,” said Hanford.

The GTAA is providing $300,000 in funding to the City of Mississauga for the construction of the platform.

It will be a key piece to the city’s vision for the revitalization of Malton.

All residents are invited to share their thoughts on what features they would like to see at the viewing platform. Comments can be made through the GTAA website until Oct. 28, after which they will be reviewed and a detailed design will be completed.

Hanford anticipates the viewing platform will be ready to go by next summer.


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