news from our new blue edge

March 2011


Two Projects Recognized With CSLA Awards


Canada’s Sugar Beach and the Martin Goodman Trail improvements at Marilyn Bell Park have received Regional Awards of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA).

The CSLA Professional Awards recognize and promote excellence in all aspects of landscape design. This year’s competition included 53 project entries in seven categories. Canada’s Sugar Beach received a CSLA Regional Honour Award and the Martin Goodman Trail improvements at Marilyn Bell Park earned a Regional Merit Award. Both awards were in the design category, which recognizes newly constructed or renovated works of landscape architectural design.

Opened in August 2010, Canada’s Sugar Beach was the first new public space to open in East Bayfront. Designed by landscape architecture firm Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc. with The Planning Partnership, Canada’s Sugar Beach transformed a lakefront parking lot and underused industrial area into an iconic waterfront attraction.

Designed by landscape architects Victor Ford and Associates Inc. and completed in 2007, the Martin Goodman Trail improvements at Marilyn Bell Park just west of Exhibition Place transformed a neglected and inaccessible section of the Martin Goodman Trail into a vibrant multi-use waterfront promenade, creating a scenic destination that supports major pedestrian and cycling needs on Toronto's western beaches. 


Canada's Sugar Beach

Martin Goodman Trail at Marilyn Bell Park


Construction of New Sewers for East Bayfront


To enable the development of the East Bayfront community, Waterfront Toronto is replacing the sanitary sewer along Jarvis Street and Queens Quay Boulevard and twinning the existing sewer along the Esplanade.

The expanded sanitary sewer infrastructure is needed to meet the capacity required by the new mixed-use community. Construction will begin this spring and is expected to be completed by spring 2012.

A Construction Liaison Committee, comprised of representatives from area businesses, local residents associations, organizers of area events, Waterfront Toronto and Eastern Construction has been meeting to create a construction schedule. The committee will continue to meet throughout the project to address any issues that may arise.

If you have questions or feedback about construction, contact Waterfront Toronto at (416) 214-1344 or


Learn more:
Public Information Session

Waterfront Toronto is hosting a public information session about the East Bayfront sanitary sewer infrastructure project.

Date: Thursday, April 14
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King St. East


Revised Parkside Design Unveiled


Moshe Safdie presented a revised schematic design for Great Gulf Group of Companies’ Parkside development to great reception at the March Design Review Panel.  

The design for the East Bayfront project was altered from the preliminary design to allow more residential units and to relocate the building’s child care centre from the first floor to the second floor.  Office space was removed from the podium portion of the building.

The new design features a narrower building with greater windows on the south façade which will allow more light in the residential units. The tower behind the podium was reduced by two floors, to ensure the building stayed within zoning guidelines. Canopies over the patio spaces on the western side of the building next to Sherbourne Common North were also extended.

The project now goes to the City of Toronto for site plan approval. The sales office is expected to open later this year.


Toronto Media Reviews of the New Design
Waterfront tower a real contender
National Post, March 18, 2011
Sneak preview of Moshe Safdie’s forthcoming Parkside condo tower on the waterfront
Toronto Life, March 18, 2011
This might be Toronto's most exciting condo project
BlogTO, March 17, 2011
City-bashers control City Hall, but city-builders rule the waterfront
Toronto Star, March 10, 2011


Sherbourne Common North Construction Update


Construction of Sherbourne Common North is nearing completion.

The benches and raised pools of the water feature were recently installed. The final stage of construction is now underway. This work includes installing the opaque glass that covers the water pipes and electrical lines in the three towering art sculptures that are also a key part of the park’s water channel and stormwater management system.

It also includes landscaping such as installing the plants that are part of the water channel’s biofiltration process, as well as planting decorative plants and a dozen trees throughout the park. The last step will be installing the rubber surfacing near the playground equipment in the park.


Construction of Sherbourne Common North

View construction of  Sherbourne Common north online through our webcam.


West Don Lands Construction Update


Although winter conditions halted work on the construction of Mill Street, progress has continued on the pavilion and fireplace in Don River Park. The use of tarps and portable heaters around the scaffolding of the fireplace has enabled workers to complete the park’s fireplace, including the chimney cap. The structural steel on the upper and lower canopies of the pavilion has been installed, allowing the canopy soffit framing to begin. Work on the mechanical and electrical rough-ins is ongoing. As weather conditions improve, landscape work in the area of the pavilion will commence and work on Mill Street will resume.


Construction of the pavilion in Don River Park


York Quay Underground Parking Garage Construction Update


Construction crews began drilling caissons for the enclosing wall of the underground garage in mid-February. The caissons that form the wall are being drilled into the bedrock to create the watertight bathtub that will surround the new underground parking garage. Once this wall is completed, the water inside the footprint of the garage will be extracted. Then all the soil and some of the bedrock inside the wall will be excavated. The excavation is expected to be completed by mid-summer. Once the excavation is completed, construction of the garage itself can begin.  

The Construction Liaison Committee, made up of property managers from the adjacent condominium buildings as well as representatives of the York Quay Neighbourhood Association, and the Waterfront Business Improvement Area, had their monthly meeting and reported that the current activity has not been a great disruption to the neighbourhood. They noted that in the early days of the project, complaints about the vibrations caused by drilling and noise from the arrival of trucks before construction hours received a swift and thorough response by the construction team and there have been no further incidents.


Queens Quay Design and Planning Update


To provide input into the design of a revitalized Queens Quay, a working group comprised of interested and locally affected stakeholder organizations has been meeting monthly throughout the detailed design and planning phases of the project. The members met last month to discuss and help with the development of the curbside management strategy for how lay-bys, parking and stopping areas will be accommodated on the new Queens Quay.

The goal of the strategy is to find a workable solution that balances the needs of the various stakeholders such as tour bus operators, area businesses and local residents.  The working group members used a model of Queens Quay to move around trees, parking locations, taxi stands and bus parking spaces to come up with alternatives that are now being considered by the design team.


Year-in-Review Video


Waterfront Toronto has produced a short video highlighting the many key developments in the transformation of our waterfront over the past year. It was an unprecedented year for waterfront revitalization marked by milestone openings, groundbreakings and development announcements. The video features a compilation of event video footage, media coverage and much more. Watch the video.


Jane's Walk on the Waterfront – Save the Date


On May 8th, there will be two waterfront walking tours showcasing the East Bayfront and Lower Don Lands communities as part of the annual Jane’s Walk.
Jane’s Walk is a free annual event that celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods. The walks are led by local community members on the first weekend of May each year.

The East Bayfront and Lower Don Lands tours are being organized by dedicated community members who want to help spread the word about the transformation happening on our waterfront. Watch for more details in next month’s newsletter.



Tour Details
Jane’s Walk May 8th

East Bayfront:  Meet at 11:00 a.m. for a tour of Canada’s Sugar Beach, Corus Quay, the Water’s Edge Promenade, Sherbourne Common and other exciting new developments along the eastern portion of the waterfront.  

Lower Don Lands:  Set off from The Historic Distillery District at 2:00 p.m. Walk along the Keating Channel with its industrial heritage and discover how this "brownfield" will one day be transformed into a vibrant new waterfront community and new Don River mouth.


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