news from our new blue edge

August 2013


Corktown Common, Toronto’s Latest Waterfront Park to Remain Open


Corktown Common, Waterfront Toronto’s popular new park in the West Don Lands, will remain open until at least Thanksgiving weekend to allow the public to continue to enjoy this beautiful space. 

Corktown Common's marsh is home to all kinds of birds, bugs and frogs.

Corktown Common was originally scheduled to close on September 2. A key component of the revitalization of the area, Corktown Common is fast establishing itself as the heart of this emerging new waterfront community, drawing visitors from across the city.

Parks and public spaces help create a sense of identity and place and are critical to the development of new neighbourhoods. Another example of Waterfront Toronto’s approach to sustainable city building, Corktown Common offers something for everyone and at 7.3 hectares (18 acres) is the largest park in the area.

The playgrounds, splash pad, tables, benches and large central lawn are already proving popular with park visitors and families. The large marsh, an integral part of the onsite stormwater management system, is home to birds, bugs, frogs and ducks and is providing visitors with an opportunity to enjoy nature in the heart of the city.

With stunning views of Toronto’s skyline, the Don River and beyond, the park capitalizes on the unique landscape offered by the flood protection landform it’s built upon. The park is an innovative and creative use of the vital flood protection infrastructure that has removed the flood risk for 210 hectares (518 acres) of prime Toronto real estate, including part of Toronto’s financial district.

Corktown Common is located between Bayview Avenue and the GO/CN railroad lines, from King Street to the rail corridor in the south in the West Don Lands. The West Don Lands, a 32 hectare (80 acre) site being transformed from former industrial lands into a sustainable, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, riverside community, is one of the first communities being developed as part of waterfront revitalization.

Barrier-free access to Corktown Common is from Bayview Avenue at Lower River Street. The park can also be accessed from the Don Valley Trail at the Bala Underpass.  The park cannot be accessed by car and onsite parking is not available. 

Designed and built as part of the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront, ownership of Corktown Common will be transferred to the City of Toronto when complete. Once transferred, the park will be operated and maintained by the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department.



Waterfront Toronto invites you to participate in a Virtual Townhall


In conjunction with the launch of our first Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Report, we are pleased to invite you to participate in a live, online panel discussion on October 9, to discuss the interconnectedness between data, performance reporting and city building.  

Hosted by Waterfront Toronto and presented by Cisco in association with the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the virtual gathering offers participants an opportunity to engage with a distinguished panel of thought leaders and industry experts in an interactive discussion moderated by Peter Halsall, President and CEO of CUI.

Led by Peter Halsall, the 90-minute event will feature sustainability leaders from the private, academic and non-profit sectors discussing the role high performance buildings, transparency and data-driven planning processes, and innovation play in advancing leadership in city building.

Waterfront Toronto’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Report, highlights our progress, challenges, and achievements from inception to December 2012. 


Event Details
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30pm
For information on how to participate:  


Waterfront Toronto Employment Initiative expands to organizations across Toronto


Are you an employer in Toronto looking to hire qualified candidates? The Waterfront Toronto Employment Initiative (WTEI) is expanding to include employers from the broader community. In collaboration with the City of Toronto and local partner agencies, Waterfront Toronto operates the program as a way to connect unemployed and underemployed people with the job and training opportunities generated by waterfront revitalization projects. 

Construction crews install granite brick to form the water's edge promenade.

To date the program has promoted more than 30 job postings of varying skill level for positions such as General Labourer, Security Guard, Survey Assistant, Project Administrator, Communication and Estimator, Financial Analyst, Investment Associate, and Senior Systems Analyst. Building on the program’s success, the expansion seeks to assist employers from a wider range of fields and support local businesses in the waterfront area and across Toronto. Regardless of the position, WTEI helps connect employers with qualified candidates through access to human resource services at no cost.

The initiative works with local partner agencies to provide employers with access to a large, diverse pool of qualified candidates and offers pre-screening of the candidates to match unique recruitment needs without obligation to hire. Employers that have used WTEI either in place of or alongside their normal recruitment process have found that the program increased their access to qualified candidates without increasing recruitment costs. Many employers also engage with the program by attending information sharing and networking events or by participating in mentorship opportunities. For job seekers, WTEI can help find suitable employment opportunities, provide coaching and access to learning opportunities, and offer post-hire job retention support.

WTEI was initiated with the support of the West Don Lands Committee, a coalition of waterfront community associations, and has evolved into a collaborative partnership between Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto, and numerous local partners, including George Brown College, Dixon Hall, YMCA of Greater Toronto, the Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally-trained Persons (CASIP), the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Youth Employment Partnerships (YEP), and the Central Ontario Building Trades’ (COBT) Hammer Heads program.

If you are an employer and would like to participate in the Waterfront Toronto Employment Initiative, or if you are unemployed or underemployed and feel you would benefit from the support and training offered through the Waterfront Toronto Employment Initiative please visit




In Brief


Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection EA & Lower Don Lands Infrastructure Class EA Summary Report
The draft summary detailing feedback, participant questions, and project team responses from the July 24th public meeting is now available for review. Learn more…

Cherry Beach Sports Fields meet public demand for recreational facilities
Did you know the Cherry Beach Sports Fields are among one of the most requested permits in the City? Waterfront Toronto along with the City of Toronto opened these two regulation-sized elite soccer and lacrosse fields in September 2008 to keep up with the high demand for versatile playing fields with a wide range of programming activities. In addition, a seasonal fully accessible washroom facility, designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects was built and opened in May 2012 to better accommodate this well used public space. Learn more…

Summertime activities bring fun to the water's edge
A wide range of fun summertime activities brought crowds to Toronto’s waterfront this summer. From Jane’s Walk to Doors Open, to the Redpath Waterfront Festival and the Open Roof Festival, there was fun to be had for people of all ages. Take a look at our recap of the best moments from the sunny season. Read the full post…



Construction Update: Queens Quay Revitalization


In August, crews completed the installation of the granite promenade in front of the Westin Hotel and opened the full sidewalk area to the public. Crews are now focused on rebuilding the southside roadway and an off-street Martin Goodman Trail in front of the hotel. This new stretch of Martin Goodman Trail is designed to connect to the recently opened section of trail between Lower Yonge and Lower Jarvis Streets. The area in front of the Westin is expected to open to motorists and cyclists in early September.
Work is also progressing across the rest of the 1.7 kilometre work zone (from just west of Spadina to just east of Bay Street) where crews are working to complete the installation of deep services infrastructure such as storm and sanitary sewers, new catch basins and fire hydrants. Crews also completed the remaining demolition work within the Spadina Loop and will begin to rebuild this complicated piece of TTC infrastructure in September.
If you are interested in more details about construction, including information about impacts associated with the rebuild of the TTC corridor, please sign up for our weekly Queens Quay construction notice or read it online.


Video Recap: Jane's Walk - Building the New Queens Quay

Building the New Queens Quay
We're rebuilding Toronto's main waterfront boulevard from the ground up. Watch this video to see how we’re bringing the vision to life. 

Need More Information?
Thank you for your patience during construction. If you have questions send an email to or call 416-214-9990.

For Urgent Construction Issues
Please contact Queens Quay Construction Liaison Officer, Robert Pasut at or call 416-505-3073. 


Construction Update: Pan/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village/Canary District


Crews continue to install silva cells, concrete curbs, road base, the base for interlocking walkways, sidewalks and road pavers throughout the development.

The reconstruction of the west side of Sumach Street continues to progress.  The retaining wall at the corner of Sumach Street and Eastern Avenue is complete, and work will begin shortly on the second retaining wall below the underpass.  During reconstruction north/south access will be maintained along the east side of Sumach Street. There will be no street parking available during this time.

A view of the Canary District market condominiums at Bayview Avenue and Front Street.

The work on Old Eastern Avenue is nearing completion. Tree planting has been completed and the base coat of asphalt has been applied. The finish coat of asphalt will commence in October. 

On Cherry Street, the TTC has installed the new streetcar tracks from north of Eastern Avenue, through the intersection to south of Mill Street.  Crews are now pouring the top layer of concrete for the tracks and the installation of the granite curbs and brick pavers is underway.

Please be advised the both Cherry Street between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East, and Old Eastern Avenue will remain closed to through traffic until fall 2013 to allow for the completion of the reconstruction of Cherry Street and Old Eastern Avenue. Access will be maintained to All City Storage.

YMCA/George Brown College
The installation of the curtain wall (exterior windows) is well underway to the top of the east tower of the George Brown College student residence and crews have completed pouring the mechanical penthouse of the north tower. In the east tower, studding and drywall are in process.  At the YMCA building, the installation of the roof will begin in September and exterior masonry is underway. The second YMCA/GBC crane will be decommissioned within the next month.  Elevator equipment has been delivered and installation will begin in September.

Affordable Housing Buildings
At the Fred Victor building, window wall installation is complete, roof installation is in progress and interior framing and drywall work is ongoing. At the Wigwamen building, window wall installation is 50% complete and work on the retail enclosure is ongoing. Crews continue to work on the exterior stud and sheathing, and fan coil units are being installed. Inside the building, framing and drywall work is ongoing. Elevator equipment has been delivered for both buildings.

Canary District Condominiums
On the first market housing condominium, crews are forming and pouring the penthouse level on the north tower, and forming and pouring the 7th floor slab on the south tower. The mechanical and electrical rough-in is in progress and the elevator equipment has been delivered.  The precast brick installation has begun on the north tower.

On the second market housing building, crews are pouring the 10th floor slab and vertical columns up to the 11th floor in the north tower.  On the south tower, crews are pouring and forming the 6th floor. Mechanical and electrical rough-in is in progress. The precast brick installation has begun on the north tower.

For more information on the award winning Canary District or to view the live construction feed visit their website at or their sales centre located at 9 Mill Street.



Construction Update: Toronto Community Housing


Toronto Community Housing’s three-building development located at 589 King Street East in the West Don Lands will provide 243 affordable rental units for families and seniors. Occupancy of all three buildings is scheduled for winter 2013.

The seniors building on King Street at River Street.

At the seniors building on King Street, exterior brick work and roofing is complete and window installation is almost complete. Inside the building, elevator installation, masonry work, mechanical and electrical distribution and the installation of drywall partitions continues. Plumbing fixtures, tiling in the kitchens, bathrooms and corridors, as well as parquet flooring in the living, dining, and bedrooms is underway, and appliances continue to be installed.

At the family buildings located between Lower River and St. Lawrence Street, exterior masonry work and window installation is ongoing. The roof has been completed on the River Street building and roof work on the St. Lawrence Street building continues. Inside the buildings, wood structures are almost complete and mechanical and electrical distribution, drywall, and flooring continue to be installed.



Public Meeting Notice: Lower Yonge Precinct Planning


On September 19, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto will hold a second public meeting to present a draft set of urban design guidelines and alternative transportation networks for the Lower Yonge Precinct. Your input is an important part of the process.

We invite you to attend this public forum to learn more and share your thoughts on the guidelines and alternatives being considered. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer and feedback session.
Complete meeting details are available in our online calendar. You may also learn more about the project or review materials from the first public meeting on our Lower Yonge  project page.


Lower Yonge Precinct 
Between Yonge Street and Lower Jarvis Street south of Lake Shore Boulevard East and north of Queens Quay East. 

Public Meeting #2
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall (Room 308/309), 55 John Street
TTC: St. Andrew Station or 504 King Streetcar to John Street
Parking: Car Park 52 – 40 York Street


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