Out on LeBreton Flats, at the corner of Booth and Wellington / Sir John A Parkway, the NCC has reinstalled the Fleck fountain, as part of its Bold Drive By Experience temporary landscaping project. While the landscaping looks a little thin on plant material, maybe it will grow on us over time. Temporary could mean anything at all when it comes to the NCC. The trees might well die of old age.
There is an explanatory panel on site:
The landscaping and fountain does add some attraction to the otherwise bleakness of the Flats. For some years, the NCC apparently thought a successful new urban development needed to have Aleppo-like surroundings to attract new life to the area. Call it the Assad-school of urban renewal. Fortunately we will soon have the War Museum park (front yard and back yard along the river), the condo module with its sophisticated landscaping including the pedestrian Fleet St, and next year the Pimisi module, well linked by high speed multi lane roads and the occasional ribbon of greenery. I have fond hopes the Pimisi LRT Station may be connected along the aqueduct to the condos and Fleet / Pooley’s Bridge sooner rather than decades hence.
It looked to me that the fountain is intended to remain dry. Nonetheless, it is a sign of life, of interest, in this much-abused part of the city, and kudos to the NCC for getting something done.