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BERCZY PARK: A DOG-SPIRITED CANIS LOCUS

points of contention into a device of
universal appeal while also reinforcing the
unique specificities of each stakeholder.
For the business community, the
19th century brand of the Old Town is
amplified by this playful, whimsical, yet
timeless, object at the heart of the park.
Children have an imaginative and dynamic
menagerie of spouting sculptures on
and around which to safely play, close to
ample seating where parents can hang
out with other parents within safe reach.
And dog owners bring a constant parade
of pups that animate their statuesque
counterparts, lured by a continually
running supply of fresh water around
the basin perimeter. This essential agent
of triangulation unifies the experience
of the entire park, built upon the
very contentions that prompted their
separation. For the average park user
who doesn't necessarily rely on Berczy
Park for a specific community function,
the fountain becomes an active and
aesthetically charged landmark to engage
residents and visitors alike to participate
in the mise-en-scene that is the theatre of
everyday urban community life.
And for those who don't care much for
dogs, perched indifferently on the side
of the basin looking nonchalantly at the
crowds, is one cat.

where dogs are given free reign. (The
popularity of Woofstock has recently
caused it to outgrow the neighbourhood
and move to another venue.)

community. Families with young children
that are committing to smaller footprints
through high-density downtown living
feel stymied by the area's lack of play
space. Many parents themselves grew
up amongst ample open spaces outside
the city centre, and appreciate the
importance that safe and imaginative
open spaces have in the healthy
development of well-adjusted children.
But some perceive that a generic
playground exclusively for children will
diminish the iconic power that makes
Berczy Park a visitor attraction. And
others worry that a dedicated play space
will limit other potential uses, such as
pet owners exercising and relieving
their dogs.
Young families are not the
only residents packing into the
neighbourhood. Seniors, singles and
empty nesters are also calling this area
home, and in addition to their passive
use of the park for reading, chatting and
people watching, many choose to expand
their families by adopting dogs. From
the business perspective, dogs are not
necessarily cash-carrying customers.
And for parents of young kids, they can
sometimes cause a fright. However, a
dog-spirited genius locus (canis locus?)
has been permeating Berczy Park for
some years now, tangibly manifested
not only by the endless streams of dog
visits, but as well by the enormously
popular Woofstock, an annual festival

BUILD CONSENSUS
THROUGH CONFLICT
As a public democratic amenity,
Berczy Park has now become a space
of mutually exclusive functions: dogs
chasing and pooping, children running
(possibly from dogs) and playing
(potentially with poop), tourists
way-finding and snapping selfies, locals
sipping lattés and reading newspapers,
and the business community
choreographing spectacles and events
to attract visitors and new customers.
Through a kind of function-driven
balkanization, the obvious solution was
to divide the park into three fractions.
Though not strictly exclusive, children's
play could be safely contained within
a contiguous green space, dogs could
be given a specially designed public
garden to discretely accommodate their
business, and park visitors and tourists
could get a refined civic space to enhance
the neighbourhood's unique appeal
and stage events. In a critical move to
prevent a small park from becoming
three even smaller parks, however,
the sum of these separate fractions
needed to cohere through the invention
of a common denominator - the Dog
Fountain - to transform the specific

mhalle@claudecormier.com
PHOTOS 1 PROPOSED DOG FOUNTAIN
2 POLO DOG 3 FLOYD

...a dog-spirited genius locus has been
permeating Berczy Park for some years now...

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2015

To Being With | Pour Commencer
The New Small | Le Microcosme Réinventé
Paula Meijerink, Guest Editor | Rédactrice invitée
EN_LP+ | Small Matters: Backgrounder
FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
Writers | Collaboratuers
Je Vois Montreal
Upfront | Prologue
Forêt urbaine
Urban Braille
Find Your Pebble
Folly Forest
Parklet Experiment
Klynstra Scholarship
Prix 2014 Schwabenbauer
The Common Sense Curb Cut
Essay | Essai
Doggy Style
Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
Tiny Taxonomy
Lying Down in Public
Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
A Non-Urban Approach X3
New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
Opinion
Critique
The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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