news from our new blue edge

may 2010 newsletter


New Interactive Website Launched


Waterfront Toronto has launched a new interactive website to better showcase the progress being made in the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront. The new site features more and better visuals and easier to use navigation, plus it utilizes interactive web2.0 technology to bring the waterfront revitalization vision and projects to life for users. One of the highlights of the new site is a dynamitic waterfront map designed to help users locate and visualize revitalization projects.

      Waterfront Toronto Home Page

Transformation of Queens Quay Moving Ahead


Ontario Minister of the Environment John Gerretsen has cleared the way for the revitalization of Queens Quay Boulevard to proceed, formally concluding the planning and approval process for the Queens Quay Revitalization Environmental Assessment.

Schematic design is now underway for the approximately three kilometre stretch of Queens Quay from Spadina Avenue. to Parliament Street. Construction will roll out in phases as funding permits. Waterfront Toronto is currently funded for an initial phase of work which includes schematic design for the entire street and detailed design and construction of an 800-metre section.

The location of the 800-metre stretch to be constructed will be determined during schematic design. Construction is expected to start early next year.

Public input and consultation continue to be essential parts of this project. Waterfront Toronto is establishing a Queens Quay Working Group comprised of interested and affected stakeholder organizations who will meet monthly throughout the detailed design and planning for construction phases of work.  Waterfront Toronto welcomes applications from all interested stakeholders. Learn more or download an application form [PDF]

      Rendering of revitalized Queen's Quay

Rendering of revitalized Queens Quay.


Help Rename Sherbourne Park

Waterfront Toronto — in partnership with the City of Toronto and — is asking the public to help find a new name for Sherbourne Park. When the 1.5 hectare park opens this summer, it will give Torontonians access to a part of the lakefront they have never been able to enjoy.

There are two ways to participate in the contest – submit a park name to the contest website at before May 14, and starting May 31 vote for your favourite during the semi-final and final rounds of voting.

The winning park name will be announced on June 16. Submit your name now.

      Sherbourne Park naming competition logo

River City Wins Prestigious Industry Award


Urban Capital received the award for Best Building Design  in the high rise category for its River City development in the West Don Lands at this year’s Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) Awards.

This year was the 30th year for the awards that recognize development and building excellence.  There were more than 700 entries overall and a total of 46 awards were presented in range of categories.

River City is designed by Saucier + Perrotte Architects and ZAS Architects, two of Canada’s most respected and award-winning design firms. The River City sales office open in February and construction of the project’s first phase it expect to happen later this year.

River City development rendering seen from across the Don River.


River City Cortyard rednering
River City court yard rendering.


East Bayfront Construction Update


Sherbourne Park

Construction of Sherbourne Park’s 240-metre long water channel is nearing completion on the south side of the park. Work is also beginning on the steel framework for the park’s zinc-clad pavilion located next to the splash pad which doubles as a skating rink in the winter. At the north side of the park, the first of the park’s three nine-metre high art pieces have been craned into place at the head of the water channel near Lake Shore Blvd.

Tree Planting

Crews have begun planting trees along the beach, plaza and promenade areas of Canada’s Sugar Beach.  When complete, more than 50 new trees including golden weeping willows, freeman maples and white pines, will be planted in the park. The installation of the park’s granite promenade featuring a maple leaf mosaic is also underway. The park’s signature pink beach umbrellas are being fabricated at an offsite location for installation next month.

Tree planting has also begun on the water’s edge promenade south of Corus Quay. Crews will continue planting work east along the promenade toward the base of Sherbourne Park. 

New Pedestrian Walkway

Waterfront Toronto has constructed a new, temporary pedestrian walkway on the south side of Queens Quay stretching from Lower Jarvis St. to Parliament St. This new asphalt walkway, which is just less than three metres wide and edged with grass, is designed to give pedestrians a safe way to access the new parks and navigate the area as construction continues.

      Sherbourne Park construction

Installation of art piece on the north side of Sherbourne Park.

Tree plantings at Sugar Beach
50 new trees will be planted along Sugar Beach.


East Bayfront Sanitary and Storm Sewer Construction

Later this summer, Waterfront Toronto will begin construction of new storm and sanitary sewers for East Bayfront. The new storm sewers will be located along Queens Quay Boulevard and the new sanitary sewers will extend north from East Bayfront where they will connect to a City of Toronto pumping station located at the corner of Scott Street and The Esplanade.

Waterfront Toronto is working on a construction phasing strategy that will allow this important new infrastructure to be built in a way that minimizes disruption to the public. As we move forward with our planning, we will work with community stakeholders and share construction management plans as they are developed.




Waterfront Design Review Panel Members Honoured


Two members of the Waterfront Design Review Panel have been awarded 2010 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. These prestigious awards, created by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognize the importance of architecture as a vital cultural force in Canadian society.

This year’s winners from the Waterfront Design Review Panel include Brigitte Smim of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc. who won three medals and Renée Daoust of Daoust Lestage, Inc.

Two other firms with representation on the panel — Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Baird Sampson Neuert Architects — also received medals this year.

The Waterfront Design Review Panel is an independent advisory body whose mission is to help Waterfront Toronto set new design standards across the waterfront and help Toronto achieve worldwide recognition as a centre of creativity and good design. Panel meetings are open to the public.


Central Waterfront Community Update

On May 12, Waterfront Toronto held the first in a series of community update meetings about projects underway in the central waterfront. Members of the Queens Quay, York Quay and Portland Slip Water’s Edge design teams presented key features of the projects and took questions from the audience.

Waterfront Toronto also outlined the public engagement process that has been developed for the central waterfront. The process will guide our public consultation efforts as we move forward with projects in the area. It includes a range of activities and forums including  public drop-in centres, focused workshops and regular social media updates .

The complete meeting presentations are available in our document library online.

      Waterfront visitors on Rees WaveDeck.



Soil Recycling Pilot Facility


Join Waterfront Toronto on June 16th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Toronto Fire Academy on Eastern Ave. for a presentation on the Soil Recycling Pilot Facility. 

The presentation will provide an update on the status of the project, as well as an overview of the technologies that will be employed in the Soil Recycling Pilot.

Much of Toronto’s waterfront was constructed by filling in parts of Lake Ontario with materials that are considered contaminated by current standards. Impacted soils are currently widespread throughout the Designated Waterfront Area.

Conventional treatment of contaminated soil is to “dig and dump”, a practice that simply transfers the contaminants and problem to another location.  As part of our sustainability objectives, Waterfront Toronto wants to use the latest and best technologies to wherever possible treat and reuse soil rather than "digging and dumping".

The purpose of the soil recycling facility is to treat soils near their source, divert soils from landfill, and provide a source of treated soil that can be used in the revitalization of the waterfront.
The pilot facility will allow Waterfront Toronto to identify the range of treatment options and costs of remediating soil; to confirm that impacted soil can be treated to standards required to support revitalization activities; and to showcase treatment technologies.  The pilot will also enable us to better assess the effectiveness and economic performance of the technologies and optimize operational features before committing to a full-scale facility.


Revisions to Class Environmental Assessment Master Plan

Notice of Filing Addendum
Waterfront Toronto / City of Toronto
West Don Lands Class Environmental Assessment Master Plan
Stormwater Quality Facility Addendum

Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto completed in 2005 the West Don Lands Class Environmental Assessment Master Plan that identified the location, treatment process, and phasing of the Stormwater Quality Facility.

This Addendum was initiated in an effort to reduce the overall number of stormwater management facilities required in the waterfront area. The facility is proposed to be relocated to a site that offers the ability to service a larger area of the waterfront.

Revisions to the treatment process and phasing of implementation are also addressed in the Addendum.

The Addendum Document contains a description of the process that led to the selection of the new proposed stormwater management system and a description of the system.
By this Notice, the Addendum Document is being placed on the public record for a 30-day review in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment.  Please note that only the changes proposed in the Addendum Document are open for review. The Addendum Document is available for review on Waterfront Toronto’s website: Submissions received until June 8, 2010.

      Municipal Class Environmental Assessment area map



Follow Waterfront Toronto on:

Facebook Twitter Youtube Flickr RSS Feed