Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne together with His Highness the Aga Khan yesterday officially inaugurated the Aga Khan Park, a landscaped green space that encompasses the area between and around the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre.
The Park, created by Lebanon-based landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic, unites two buildings designed by renowned architects: the Ismaili Centre by Indian architect Charles Correa, and the Aga Khan Museum by Fumihiko Maki of Japan. Moriyama and Teshima are the Canadian architects of record for the entire project.
During his address to the guests, the Aga Khan expressed the hope that “this park will contribute to strengthening Toronto’s already vibrant pluralism, showcasing to the world Canada’s rich example of pluralism in action.”
Based on a traditional Persian and Mughal chahar bagh (four-part garden), the formal gardens within the Park provide a place for contemplation as well as areas for public programming or private events. On July 5, this programming will officially begin with the arrival of the Pan Am Lantern.
These three projects are an initiative of the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, and join other Centres in London, Vancouver, Lisbon, Dubai, and Dushanbe.
Earlier in the day at Queen’s Park, His Highness the Aga Khan and Premier Wynne signed an agreement between the Ismaili Imamat and the Province of Ontario that sets a blueprint for cooperation in a number of areas, including culture and education.