Can this forgotten alley be transformed into a vital and thriving space for Weston?
That’s the goal of Harley Valentine, a renowned sculpture artist familiar with re-imagining public spaces.
Harley is also a managing partner at Castlepoint Numa, the developer working with the Weston Park Baptist Church to re-imagine the corner at Weston and Lawrence Ave.
When I heard he was all excited about an alley at 1804 Weston Rd, next to the new Frontlines location, I had to find out why. Harley explained, “I want to deliver maximum community benefit from Weston’s unexpected and forgotten spaces.” He went on to say that he hopes to inspire others to see potential in the smallest opportunities.
So, what could happen at the Alley 1804? (That’s my name for it, let’s see if it sticks)
He’s working with community leaders, youth, and neighbourhood officers from Division 12 to create a space where Frontline’s youth programs could expand.
And, it could also be a performance space, an outdoor patio for local food outlets, or a gallery for Weston’s artists. Harley’s list of ideas is endless. Safety will be paramount; the location would be gated after-hours. But imagine a space filled with energy, creativity, engaging art, twinkle lights and laughter?
I’m looking forward to seeing Harley Valentine’s magic at work! His enthusiasm for Weston is enough to inspire any community. I’m happy to hear he’s fallen in love with Weston.