The evening before the official opening of the green roof, the opening reception of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference was held on the podium, providing over 1,000 politicians from cities all over Canada with the opportunity to view the new green roof over hors d’oevres and a glass of wine. The first such event on the podium (aside from the Cities Alive preview in November 2009) in over 20 years.

That same evening the first improptu wedding reception also took place on the podium when Mayor David Miller invited a couple getting married at City Hall to join the FCM reception.

As Steven Peck, executive director of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, commented: “This project was more than 12 years in the making. Its not everyday a city gets a new park in the downtown.”