news from our new blue edge

May 2016


Creating a Comprehensive Transit Network on Toronto's Waterfront

The revitalized Queens Quay West in the Central Waterfront.

On May 25 and 26, nearly 200 people participated in the Waterfront Transit “Reset” Phase 1 Study public meeting. In partnership with Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission, the City of Toronto presented the study progress to date and a range of preliminary transit concepts and evaluations, asking the public for their thoughts and feedback. 

If you weren’t able to attend either public meeting, you can watch the full presentation from Thursday May 25th here. You can also let us know what you think simply by filling out this online survey. The deadline to submit feedback is Friday June 3, 2016. 

To learn more about the Waterfront Transit "Reset" Phase 1 Study and what's to come, check out our recent blog post. 


Updates from Project: Under Gardiner

With a run-off vote for the project’s permanent name, the second public meeting and a walking tour coming up – there’s never a dull moment with Project: Under Gardiner.

Final round of voting in the #ReclaimTheName campaign
Our campaign to have the public choose a forever name for the new trail and public spaces under the western Gardiner Expressway is continuing with a run-off vote to be held from May 26 to 30. During the final hours of the last round of voting, a small group attempted to manipulate the voting outcome by adding invalid votes to one of the frontrunner names. After reviewing the results and reviewing the fraudulent votes, the final margin between the top two names, “The Artery” and “The Bentway” was too close to call. For more details, see Waterfront Toronto’s recent statement on the situation.

We’ve now initiated a final run-off vote to determine the winning name. Visit to cast your vote.

Public meeting details
You are invited to attend the second public meeting for Project: Under Gardiner and the related Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. This public meeting will provide updates on the design, public consultation to date, a proposed air quality assessment and the Environmental Assessment. 

Date: Tuesday May 31, 2016
Time: Presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by an Open House at 8:00 p.m. 
Location: Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre Gymnasium, 627 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5V 3G3. The nearest major intersection is Queens Quay West and Bathurst Street.
Map: Click here.
Transit: Take the 511 Bathurst streetcar south to Fleet Street. Walk south to Queens Quay and east to the main entrance of the community centre. OR: take the 509 Harbourfront streetcar from Union Station to Queens Quay West at Dan Leckie Way West Side. Cross to the south side of Queens Quay and then walk west to the main entrance of the neighbourhood centre. Please use the TTC trip planner for additional options.
Accessibility: Barrier-free access to the neighbourhood centre is through the main entrance at the northwest corner of the building. 

Join us for a walking workshop
Park People, Waterfront Toronto, and PUBLIC WORK are hosting a series of walking workshops where you can learn more about the project and share your feedback with the team. Each walk is approximately 2 hours. The next walk is Thursday, June 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This will be an opportunity to learn more about the project, but more importantly, provide your feedback and ideas to the project team. REGISTER NOW ONLINE.



Join Waterfront Toronto at Doors Open this Weekend

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Site Specific, by Scott Eunson is one of eight public art installations in the West Don Lands. 

The 17th annual Doors Open Toronto returns this weekend, offering free and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings across the city. The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of Re-use, Re-visited and Revised  will explore the adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto’s architectural history. 

This year, Waterfront Toronto is leading a walking tour through the West Don Lands neighbourhood. Join us as we explore this recently-opened neighbourhood, framed by its collection of public art. See how the inspired public art program was built as an essential component of the success of this public realm. Meaningful opportunities for artists resulted in significant artwork for the public. Artists engaged in big ideas and big effort - and the results are tremendous. Learn about the transformation of this community from post-industrial flood lands into a sustainable, vibrant neighbourhood.

Saturday May 28th Tour Times
10:00 am & 2:00 pm 

Sunday May 29th Tour Times
10:00 am & 2:00 pm 


In brief

Underpass Park recognized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 
As cities around the world become more densely populated, there is a need to be increasingly creative in finding new public spaces for communities to enjoy. Turning our attention to the overpasses that dissect Toronto allows us to reimagine the future of public realm by transforming these neglected spaces into usable community assets. In this recent blog post, we explore Underpass Park’s design ingenuity which has garnered lots of attention since it opened in 2012, including recent recognition by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

Public Informa

Public Information Centre: Lower Yonge Precinct Area

Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are jointly undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) and Public Realm Concept Study for the Lower Yonge Precinct Area.

We invite you to join us at an upcoming public information centre on Thursday June 23, where you can speak with members of the project team and provide feedback on the design alternatives and preferred plan for the Lower Yonge Precinct Area. We invite you to join us at an upcoming public meeting where you can speak with members of the project team and provide feedback on the design alternatives and preferred plan for the Lower Yonge Precinct Area.


Public Meeting details will be made available at 


Gangways Open

The Waterfront BIA’s Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront returns this Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., as part of Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf. 

Head to the waterfront and discover a new open-air market or enjoy a canoe and paddleboat ride. Have your picture taken with pirates as they invade the waterfront, check out local performing artists, or take a free dockside ship tour aboard a wide variety of vessels along the water’s edge. Get the full event schedule at


Pirates invade the waterfront as part of last year's Waterfront BIA's Gangways Open (Image courtesy of The Waterfront BIA).


Waterfront Artisan Market

New to the waterfront this summer, the Waterfront Artisan Market brings together more than 50 artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers in a unique open-air market that will take place over six weekends at HTO Park. 

Presented by the Waterfront BIA in partnership with Toronto Market Company (TMCo), the Waterfront Artisan Market launches this weekend at Gangways Open. Come browse and shop for finely crafted jewellery, unique works of art and delicious food. 

For more information, visit 


Those looking to discover food will find more than 20 food vendors over the course of the market (Image courtesy of the Waterfront BIA).


100in1day Toronto

On June 4th meet some of the most passionate people in your city at 100in1day – a global festival of civic engagement returning to Toronto for its third year. Co-presented by Evergreen and United Way Toronto, 100in1day is a day to turn ideas into reality all over the city by celebrating the cumulative power of small changes and celebrations. 

Join the movement today by submitting your initiative, participating in a workshop or helping to spead the word. 


For more information, visit


Project update: East Bayfront

Looking east towards ongoing construction at Bayside.

Queens Quay East
Construction crews working at Hines-Tridel’s Bayside development are now accessing this site intermittently via a driveway just east of Bonnycastle Street. When this access point is in use, a flagman will be stationed at the entrance to direct construction vehicles. Signs have been installed alerting cyclists and pedestrians to watch for turning vehicles. 

East Bayfront Essential External Servicing Infrastructure
Work on the new Sanitary Pumping Station, located at the foot of Cherry Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East, continues. The concrete structure is complete, and mechanical and electrical work is ongoing.

Construction of the two storm forcemains on the east side of Parliament Street from Lake Shore Boulevard to Small Street is complete. The diversion that was in place for cyclists travelling east or west on the trail has been cleared. 

Construction on the two residential buildings included in Phase I of the Bayside development is progressing. Concrete is being poured on the second, third, fourth and fifth floors at Aqualina. At Aquavista, tie-back installation is 75 per cent complete and the caisson wall is now 100% complete.

Waterfront Toronto has selected a consultant team lead by Toronto-based landscape architects DTAH to complete the detailed design for the road and public realm included in Phase II of the Bayside development. In order to support the future building and the new infrastructure and public realm included in Phase II, we will first need to rebuild a section of the dock wall infrastructure. We will do that work over the summer. We expect to begin construction of the remainder of the infrastructure, roads and public realm in Phase II in early 2017.


Project update: West Don Lands

Celebrating the grand opening of the new Cooper Koo Family YMCA on Thursday May 26, 2016 (Photo courtesy of YMCA of Greater Toronto).

On May 26, the YMCA of Greater Toronto invited government and community partners to help open the charity’s newest Centre of Community, the Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA. Will Fleissig represented Waterfront Toronto at the opening, and spoke to the importance of this new facility and the impact it will have on the overall health and success of the West Don Lands neighbourhood. He also did us proud scoring a three-pointer in the inaugural basketball toss! 

This is the second centre to open as part of the YMCA’s strategic focus to make a real difference in the health of residents across the Greater Toronto Area by building new Centres of Community. Read more here.

May 28-29 – Cooper Koo Family Cherry St YMCA Opening Weekend
There is so much happening! Fair Festivities, Ribbon Cutting, Free Classes, Tours, BBQ and Music! Complete Schedule of events are online.

Northern Entrance to Corktown Common
The nice weather has finally arrived, and trees and plantings are finally springing to life. We appreciate your patience while the variety of prairie seed that has been spread in this new section of Corktown Common continues to take root and grow. The fences are scheduled to come down in June 2016. By then, the grass will be established and you will be able to enjoy this new part of your neighbourhood park.

New Cherry 514 Streetcar Route
Service on the new 514 Cherry streetcar route will officially begin on Sunday, June 19, 2016. The route will operate between Distillery Loop to Dufferin Gates Loop via King Street. New low-floor accessible streetcars will be operated on this route as they become available through the summer and fall.


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