Urban Forest Plan


Sideyard between Douglas Library and Ontario Hall
57. Sideyard between Douglas Library and Ontario Hall


Sideyard between Ontario and Grant Halls
58. Sideyard between Ontario and Grant Halls


Sideyard between Ontario and Grant Halls, ca. 1910
59. Sideyard between Ontario and Grant Halls, ca. 1910


University Avenue East Sideyards: Existing Condition
60. University Avenue East Sideyards: Existing Condition


University Avenue East Sideyards:  Improvement Concept
61. University Avenue East Sideyards: Improvement Concept


10   UNIVERSITY AVENUE - EAST SIDE YARDS

The side yards of Grant Hall, Ontario Hall and Douglas Library link the open space in the east campus area to the central spine. These linkages should be upgraded as inviting green passageways by opening up views and providing pedestrian amenities.

Priority rating: 2

The sideyard plantings between Douglas Library and Ontario Hall is generally satisfactory. The 'entrance' is demarcated by a specimen Blue Spruce. All of the plantings are on the sunnier north side and include Austrian Pine, Black, Sugar and Red Maple, Locust and Linden. The Austrian Pines are planted quite close, but appear to be in good health. The Black Maple has leaf gall and should be monitored. Of the struggling Lindens, one should be removed and the remaining two cabled. The Sugar Maples have suffered from storm damage and appear to have little chance of survival. The Locust is in poor structural condition. An English Oak in paving is suffering and might respond to the removal of some of the paving around its base.

The side yard between Grant Hall and Ontario Hall is not open and inviting. It is dominated by two walls of Spruce trees in paving, in fair to poor condition, with lower branches removed to allow views, thus destroying the natural form. Behind these trees are a series of planters with Catalpas in poor condition. This space should be improved by removing these trees to open up views, and by replanting the planters with a more appropriate small courtyard tree specimen.

A more extensive structural change to the area would be preferable, as shown in the 1994 Campus Plan. The extensive paving should be reduced to two side routes and the central zone planted with trees in soft landscape, surrounded with seat walls to prevent pedestrian trespass and promote social interaction, as in the case of the adjacent University Avenue reconstruction.

Another improvement to the general condition of these spaces would be bollards to prevent vehicular access and protect the trees south of Douglas Library. Collapsible bollards could be used to maintain service access. The planters at Ontario Hall should be checked for depth and drainage. If either is unsatisfactory, new planters should be constructed to rectify the situation. Trees planted in these planters should be pruned to ensure a safe clearance for pedestrians.

Species recommendation

Douglas & Ontario Side Yards
   Acer rubrum 'Armstrong', Armstrong Maple
   Fagus sylvatica 'Cuprea', European Copper Beech
   Gleditsia triacanthos 'Shademaster' or 'Skyline', Honeylocust
   Gymnocladus dioicus, Kentucky Coffeetree

Planters
   Amelanchier canadensis, Serviceberry
   Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Katsura Tree
   Cladrastis lutea, Yellowwood
   Syringa reticulata, Ivory Silk Tree Lilac