A brand new sign is turning heads in Mississauga

 

Mississauga is not without its iconic landmarks (the City Hall clock tower, the Port Credit lighthouse, and the Absolute Marilyn Monroe towers are probably some of its more famous placemaking structures), but it appears that it just welcomed one more. 

Recently, Ward 5 City Councillor Carolyn Parrish took to Twitter to announce that one of the city’s best-known neighbourhoods has its very own landmark sign.

The new Malton sign, which features lettering similar to that used in other cities known for proudly displaying their monikers, was revealed in late 2019. The letters are located on Derry Road in Paul Coffey Park. 

According to Parrish, the letters are 13 feet in height and made out of glass and steel.

The letters have taken shape in what will eventually become The Flight Garden, a garden space that will be part of the overall redevelopment of Paul Coffey Park. 

The sign is actually just the beginning of a huge rejuvenation project involving the park (which is actually one of the largest parks in the city). In November 2019, the city released a report that indicated that it’s also moving forward on the construction of what is known as the AVRO Arrow project, a $3.6 million project that involves the construction of a full-size replica of the iconic fighter aircraft that wasn’t meant to be. 

The replica, which the Malton BIA says will recognize Malton’s unique aviation history, will be constructed in Paul Coffey Park, next to the existing CF 100. 

It will also take shape in the planned Flight Garden. 

The city says the total cost of undertaking the AVRO Arrow project is $3,622,982. In late November, the city pledged $2.2 million towards the replica. 

As far as park development goes, a previous report says the city’s community services department is planning to hire a consulting team to implement phase 1 of the Paul Coffey Park master plan (which is subject to the final approval of the 2020 Capital Budget). Phase 1 will include the entry plazas, the Flight Garden, parking lots, sport courts, a skate/scooter park, a sports lawn, family picnic areas, a leash-free zone, west and east pedestrian bridges adjacent to Derry Road and a full park trail circuit. 

The Flight Garden will be designed to accommodate both the existing Malton sign and the future replica AVRO Arrow.

In a tweet, Parrish said that the whole village of Malton will be invited to celebrate the new sign when the ground dries up in the spring. 

The event will also celebrate the installation of the official Malton letters plaque, which was recently installed at Paul Coffey Park.

Official MALTON letters plaque has been installed at Paul Coffey Park,” Parrish wrote on Twitter. 

It expresses the warmth and welcoming nature of those who live in the Village. It celebrates the business leaders from the Malton BIA and it honours those who contributed financially to an amazing project.”

The celebration, which will be held on May 18, will feature free food, music and fireworks. 

In a tweet, Parrish said that the new sign Malton will glow every night from now on. 

Sometimes we dream of great projects and they don’t quite match those dreams. This is an incredible exception. Thank you to everyone involved with this amazing project.”

The letters can be programmed with any colours depending on the occasion. 

Many events planned for 2020,” Parrish said in a tweet. 

Cover photo courtesy of Carolyn Parrish’s Twitter page

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