Don Mills

John Velocci

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Don Mills subway station in Toronto, Canada
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Don Mills is a subway station, which is the eastern terminus of Line 4 Sheppard in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station is located at the northeast corner of Sheppard Avenue East and Don Mills Road, within the residential communities of Don Valley Village and Henry Farm, adjacent to Fairview Mall shopping centre.
The station opened in 2002 as part of the original Line 4. A plaque located at the platform level commemorates John Marinzel, a worker who died on April 18, 2001, of injuries sustained in accident during the construction of the station.3 A Vivastation for the Viva Green line of York Region’s Viva Rapid Transit system opened on October 16, 2005
Like all stations on the Sheppard line, Don Mills is fully accessible. The station is equipped with three elevators connecting the concourse level with the bus platforms and two street entrances, and a single elevator between the island train platform and the concourse. Stairs and escalators provide regular pedestrian access between all levels.5
There are three accessible entrances around the Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue intersection. Two of the entrances are on the northeast and southeast sides of Sheppard Avenue, respectively, and one automatic entrance in the parking garage at Fairview Mall near the Sears entrance.6
The station is conveniently close to an exit from Highway 404 on to Sheppard Avenue.
Above the bus terminal, on the street level, is a multi-storey public parking lot, providing 366 parking spaces for commuters. Parking costs $5 from 5:00am to 9:30am and is free after 9:30am and all day on weekends and holidays. TTC commuter spaces are restricted to levels 4 and 5 as the lower floors are for mall patrons only.1
Outside the parking lot, next to a manned pedestrian entrance to the station, is a passenger pick-up area. It is not as elaborate as the “Kiss-n-Ride” passenger pick-up/drop-off area in Finch station, but it still provides 18 temporary parking spaces (about the same as the Finch “Kiss-n-Ride”) for passenger pick-up and drop-off purposes.
The station was designed by Stevens Group Architects,7 who also built Sheppard West and Bayview stations.
There are two pieces of public art in the station.

Tiles on the concourse level

Inlay of a fossil fish embedded in the terrazzo floor
The piece before / after: 1997 / 2002 spans the concourse and platform levels in the station. Created by Toronto artist Stephen Cruise, it consists of tile work on walls and inlays on the terrazzo floors:
On the concourse level, the tilework on walls represents the geologic strata through which the line travels, plus graphical depictions of local flora and fauna.
On the concourse and platform levels, bronze inlays in the floor depict fossils of fish, turtles, and leaves found on the site; the Sheppard line is also depicted in an abstract form on the floor.
Outside the station (on the north side of Don Mills Road, south of the bus entrance) is a tribute to Northern Dancer, a famous racehorse foaled at E. P. Taylor’s Windfields Farm, which was then located on “nearby” Bayview Avenue.

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