In July 2019, a 2000kg granite boulder, estimated to be between 1.2-1.5 billion years old, was unearthed at Major and Bloor Streets during the construction of a new parkette designed by DTAH for the Bloor Annex BIA. The design of the four new Bloor Annex BIA parkettes involves three main components: Pollinator planting, sustainably supplied wood, and salvaged glaciated quarried stone. The unexpected discovery of this billion-year old granite boulder on the site is a pleasant surprise, and very fitting given the parkette’s design which aims to celebrate Toronto’s dynamic natural environment. We’re excited that we now have the opportunity to incorporate this boulder into the parkettes and plan to place it in the pollinator planting area at Howland Parkette adjacent to the recently completed the Bee Mural.