Preserving and integrating green space into CAMH’s urban village has been a critical feature of the CAMH Redevelopment Project master plan for over a decade.
CAMH’s Queen Street site is fortunate to be located on property with diverse flora and fauna, but the hospital’s deep appreciation for nature extends beyond the therapeutic benefits that it offers to people recovering from mental illness: it also serves as an invitation to the surrounding community to use the site for recreation and leisure, a far cry from the days when the previous Asylum physically walled off patients from the outside world.
At the same time, the CAMH Redevelopment Project extends the footprint of physical bricks and mortar on our site—with more space for providing care to people in need of help, more space for professionals to learn the caring skills of tomorrow and more space for game-changing research and discovery of new treatments and preventions.
So how does CAMH balance increasing its caring capacity with environmental stewardship? The third phase of the Queen Street Redevelopment Project offers an excellent case study.