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  • Visitors enjoy the formal gardens at the Aga Khan Park. Vazir Karsan
    Visitors enjoy the formal gardens at the Aga Khan Park. Vazir Karsan
Aga Khan Park to welcome the Pan Am flame
Salza Kassam
30 June 2015
  • The Aga Khan Park will come to life on 5 July when the Pan Am lantern makes an appearance at the park’s inaugural event Reflections: Celebrating our Cultures and Communities. The Pan Am flame represents the spirit of the Games taking place in Toronto this summer.

  • In anticipation of the arrival of the flame at dusk, visitors from across the city will enjoy entertainment including lantern-making for children, a wellness zone with guided yoga and performances by local Toronto artists. Visitors will be enticed by the sights, sounds and aromas of the souk — a traditional open-air market often found in the Middle East or in Northern Africa — that will feature cultural artifacts and food.

    Following the inaugural event, Toronto’s newest cultural hub will host a range of social and cultural activities throughout the summer. Educational programs, art exhibitions, informal musical performances, film screenings and cultural festivals will animate the park in the coming months.

    “Such events will bring people of all cultures and religion together to marvel on the beautiful space,” says Ahmed Hussein, Executive Director of Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, an organisation that serves nearby communities.

    When the Aga Khan Park opened this spring, it made a major cultural and architectural contribution to the surrounding community and the City of Toronto. A publicly accessible green space uniting the Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum, the park is a meeting place for people from all walks of life.

    With its unique design, the park captures the essence of the traditional Islamic garden in a modern context, making the Aga Khan Park stand out from other green spaces around the city.

    “The community in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park look at the park as a place to connect and reflect,” explains Hussein. “The park offers a safe space for people to explore the natural beauty of environment around them.”

    The Aga Khan Park is one of many parks established or rehabilitated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, including the Forodhani Park in Zanzibar and the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo. Through events such as Reflections, the park brings together a diverse set of people to celebrate the rich culture of the community that surrounds it.

    The park is open daily to visitors from dawn to dusk. Guided tours highlighting the plantings and the inspiration behind the design of the park are also available seasonally.