Did you know that some of the world’s best landscape architects are working on the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront? Many of Waterfront Toronto’s recent projects are designed by the same firms that have worked on well-known projects across the globe, such as the Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York; Boston Children’s Museum Park, Boston; High Line Park, New York; and the Jubilee Gardens, London.
Corktown Common, the waterfront’s newest park, is fast becoming the heart of the emerging West Don Lands community. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., the park has transformed an abandoned post-industrial site into a dynamic, year-round, re-naturalized public space, animated by a wide variety of programming. Innovatively positioned atop the area’s flood protection landform, Corktown Common offers stunning sightlines of the city.
Construction is well underway on the revitalization of Queens Quay – Toronto’s main waterfront street. Based on a design by West 8 + DTAH, Waterfront Toronto is transforming Queens Quay into one of
the world’s most beautiful waterfront boulevards.
When complete in 2015, Queens Quay will link major destinations along the water’s edge, create pedestrian and cycling-friendly promenades and encourage an economically vibrant area for locals and visitors alike.
A former asphalt parking lot at Harbourfront Centre has been transformed into Canada Square, Ontario Square and Exhibition Common – new public spaces now open on the waterfront. The design (also by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.) features ‘mini-forests’ of Quaking Aspen trees, dramatic redwoods and spectacular city and lake views. Even the new underground garage is more than just a functional piece of infrastructure – it includes a three-storey high art piece called Light Cascade by award-winning architect/designer, James Carpenter.