Oxford Green, York University
DTAH was awarded the detailed landscape design and contract administration for this project after winning a limited “competition” that produced a comprehensive vision study, preliminary concepts and associated estimate of costs. Previously known as the “Osgoode-Atkinson Green”, this large outdoor public space was the University’s convocation site for many years.
This south “gateway” into the inner campus was recaptured as a protected green space, and is located south of the Ross Building and north of The Pond and Sentinel Roads intersection. Expansive open grass areas allow informal sports and casual recreation, and extensive seating walls are located along planted perennial gardens on the perimeter of the park. Exterior stairs have been replaced with an accessible path, and overall lighting was improved to the new exterior LED lighting standard, which targets energy efficiency and longevity. Stormwater is managed on site through a series of bioswales, and plant materials are native, drought resistant and hearty to local conditions.