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March 2016

 

A Lively Weekend of Maple Syrup and Music at Sugar Beach



For one weekend, Sugar Beach came alive with music and maple treats. 

Thanks to everyone who came out to Sugar Beach Sugar Shack and enjoyed the beautiful weather along the waterfront on March 12 and 13. We were thrilled that for Sugar Shack's inaugural event, approximately 10,000 Torontonians and visitors joined us for live Franco-Ontarian and Québécois music, delicious food, and of course – fresh maple taffy. Over the two days, we served up 7,000 maple taffy samples and more than 700 litres of free hot chocolate!

A big thank you to our sponsors Québec Original, Redpath Sugar, PortsToronto, Cityzen Real Estate Group, The Daniels Corporation and Corus Entertainment. Congratulations to the winners of the Sugar Shack Contest sponsored by Starwood Hotels and Porter Airlines, and the winner of a trip to Montreal sponsored by shorttrips.ca.

Now that we’ve seen Toronto has a taste for sugar, we can’t wait to make this event bigger and better next year!

Check out this photo recap of the festivities.

 
 
 
 

Help Give Project: Under Gardiner a Permanent Name



On March 1, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto launched #ReclaimTheName – a campaign that invites Torontonians to help come up with a permanent name for the space that will be transformed by Project: Under Gardiner. The project is reclaiming 10 acres (four hectares) of forgotten space beneath the Gardiner Expressway, from just west of Strachan Avenue to Spadina Avenue. The vision includes a continuous multi-use trail, an iconic new crossing at Fort York Boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists, a grand staircase at Strachan that will double as seating for an urban theatre, and a series of flexible year-round performance and programming spaces for use by the community.

Want to know more? Download our DIY Naming Toolkit (PDF) for help and inspiration to host your own group brainstorm or party. Then, visit the project website to submit your name to the campaign by April 1, 2016. 

Public Meeting – April 7, 2016
You are invited to attend the first public meeting about the plans for Project: Under Gardiner and the related Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. This public meeting will tell you more about the project and its objectives. A series of early designs will be presented for public comment and feedback.

Your participation and ideas are important and will help to shape the future of this new multi-use trail and series of public spaces.

Meeting Details
Date: April 7, 2016
Time: Drop-in 6:45pm to 7:30pm, Presentation and Facilitated Discussion 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, 627 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G3 The nearest major intersection is Queens Quay West and Bathurst Street.
Please click here for a map.
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 community centre.
Accessibility: Barrier-free access to the community centre is through the main entrance at the northwest corner of the building.

   










 
 
 
 

Our new CEO sits down for the 8th Annual Fireside Chat


ULI's Richard Joy introduces Will Fleissig and Ken Greenberg to hundreds of guests at the Toronto Region Board of Trade offices. 

Will Fleissig, Waterfront Toronto’s new President and CEO, has been busy since he started in January. He’s held dozens of meetings, met with stakeholder and community groups and is getting up to speed on Waterfront Toronto projects and is ramping up the pace of waterfront revitalization. Many in the broader development and urban planning community are interested in knowing more about the new CEO and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) presented Will with a great opportunity to meet several hundred people from those communities when it invited him to participate in a Fireside Chat with well-known urban planner Ken Greenberg.

The March 8 Fireside Chat was a 90-minute casual conversation between Ken and Will, covering Will’s past public and private sector work in the U.S., his views on Toronto and its future, his reasons for taking the job at Waterfront Toronto and his impression of the tremendous opportunities facing Toronto as it continues to grow and evolve as a world city.

Attendees learned a few new things about Will, such as the fact that he developed the first planned Zero Net Energy Community in the U.S. and – of great interest to Canadians – that he was an enthusiastic hockey player!

Will answered questions from the audience, covering his vision for the waterfront, his desire to increase engagement with partners and the public, and his intention to emphasize sustainability on the waterfront following the Paris Climate Agreement.

If you couldn't attend the chat in person, you can now watch a video of the evening here

   










 
 
 
 

In brief

Garden of Future Follies ready for installation
Back in 2014, we awarded Berlin-based artists Hadley+Maxwell a commission to create a new sculptural installation for the corner of Front Street East and Bayview Avenue in the West Don Lands community. Garden of Future Follies will be the 7th public art project to join the new neighbourhood and we're excited to announce that installation is set to begin this April!

Head to our blog to learn more about our public art strategy in the West Don Lands or watch this video.

Waterfront Toronto Accountability
Being open, transparent and accountable is a top priority for Waterfront Toronto and we aim to be transparent in every way possible. The accountability section on our website has a significant amount of information on the various policies and practices the Corporation has in place – including the disclosure of Board and Senior Management expenses, annual reports, financial statements and corporate plans.

We have also recently created a new page with information about our Accountability Officer – an independent, third-party that has been appointed to receive and investigate complaints of wrongdoing. Learn more about our Accountability Officer and our wrongdoing policy here.

Sherbourne Common featured in National Geographic
Sherbourne Common recently received a bit of love from National Geographic in How Urban Parks are Bringing Nature Close to Home. The article examines reclaimed wastelands, centuries-old green spaces, and creative waterways that offer quick escapes, and features internationally renowned spaces including Cheonggyecheon Park in Seoul, The Presidio in San Fransisco, and Central Park in New York. Read the article here.

Toronto receives special mention in 2016 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize
Each year, the Lee Kuan World City Prize honours outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of livable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world. Among three other cities, Toronto received special mention for its social integration strategies; key strategies to achieve complete communities, investment in transit and walkability; and its transformation along the waterfront. Read what the jury had to say.

Net Zero Energy Dwelling On The Waterfront
Toronto’s revitalized waterfront will feature some of the greenest buildings and neighbourhoods in the world. To help curb climate change, all of our development partners are required to meet our Minimum Green Building Requirements and build advanced, high performance buildings. Tridel, our residential development partner in Hines-Tridel's Bayside, is going above and beyond our minimum requirements. Aqualina, the first residential building under construction in Bayside, is targeting LEED Platinum certification and will also have a net zero energy suite. Learn more in our recent blog post
 

 
 
 
 

Easter programming at PawsWay 

This Saturday, March 26, the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is coming to Purina PawsWay. This one-of-a-kind show features more than 50 amazing stunts and tricks including tightrope walking, bike riding, piano playing, and more! Drop by with the whole family to view shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

And on Sunday, be sure to take part in the themed pet programming and join a variety of free kid-friendly activities!

     

Visit pawsway.ca for full details

 
 
 
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Toronto Community Clean-up! 

On Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, join thousands of Toronto residents, organizations and community groups to help clean-up and green your local neighbourhood!

To find a nearby registered community clean-up, check the City of Toronto webpage regularly for updates. 

     

 
 
 

Easter Egg Hunt in Corktown Common. 

On Sunday, April 5, you’re invited to join the Easter Bunny at the Corktown Common Playground for a free Easter egg hunt! There will be lots of chocolate treats, cider, coffee, and more for the whole family to enjoy.

The hunt begins at 10:15am (rain or shine).

     

For more information visit the website or email info@corktown.ca

 
 
 

Project update: East Bayfront


Looking east towards ongoing construction at Bayside.


Bayside Toronto
Work is complete on the storm system in East Bayfront. Once additional testing is done, water lines will be connected to Queens Quay East. 

Queens Quay East
Bonnycastle 
Northbound access has been restored along Bonnycastle from Queens Quay.

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 underway.

Crews have finished all work in the western portion of the construction zone on Queens Quay – from Bonnycastle Street to about 100 metres east. Final asphalt paving is complete in this zone. The construction fence around this area has been removed and replaced with safety barrels, which will remain in place until all road restoration between Bonnycastle and Small Streets is complete and this section of Queens Quay can be fully reopened to the public. Crews are now installing the storm sewer east to Small Street. Once this work is complete, they will clean up and grade the area in preparation for final asphalt paving, which is scheduled to be completed in approximately four weeks.

Starting on Monday, March 28, work will begin to install two storm forcemains on the east side of Parliament Street from Lake Shore Boulevard to Small Street. Construction fencing on the southeast corner of Lake Shore and Parliament Street will be extended across the entrance to the parking facility at 333 Lake Shore Boulevard. Anyone requiring access to this property should use the entrance just east of Parliament Street. Pedestrians and cyclists wishing to cross northbound at this intersection will be directed around this fencing. Starting in mid-to-late April, the construction fencing will extend across the Martin Goodman Trail just south of Lake Shore. More details about diversions for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists as this work progresses will be circulated in a special construction notice.  If you would like to receive the special e-notices for the Essential Servicing on Queens Quay East, please click here.

Work on the forcemain is complete and Cherry Street is open in both directions.

 

 
 
 
 

Project update: West Don Lands


Looking east across the West Don Lands. 

Pan Am Athletes’ Village / Canary District Conversion
The conversion of the buildings and facilities from the former athletes’ village to the legacy mixed-use community is almost complete. Dundee Kilmer and Infrastructure Ontario are working with the City of Toronto to open the internal roads, including the Front Street Promenade, to pedestrian and vehicle traffic in early April. Stay tuned, an update will be provided as soon as the date is confirmed.

The George Brown College Student Residence, Cooper Koo Family YMCA, and the Fred Victor and Wigwamen affordable rental buildings have all been given the green light to occupy and use their spaces. Some minor deficiency work is being completed by Dundee Kilmer and these buildings will be turned over to their respective owners in April.

Canary District and Canary Park Condominiums
The conversion of the Canary District and Canary Park Condominiums is also well underway with Pre-Delivery Inspections taking place daily and phased move-ins scheduled to begin on April 11th. Construction finishing work continues on the upper floors including kitchens, suite countertops and backsplash installation, and appliance delivery.

Four new retailers were recently announced – Gears Bike Shop, Sukhothai, Tori’s Bakeshop and East Side Meats – and are set to open in the coming months. The new retailers will join the previously announced Dark Horse Espresso Bar, Fuel Plus, OpusGlow Concept Spa, Pizza e Pazzi, Tabule, Running Room and Think Fitness, all of which all scheduled to open throughout June 2016. For more details visit www.canarydistrict.com/retail.

For more information on the award winning Canary District or to view the live construction feed visit their website at www.canarydistrict.com or the presentation centre and four model suites located at 398 Front Street (parking available off Trinity Street.

Cooper Koo Family YMCA

The countdown to the opening of the Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA has begun!

Before the doors officially open on May 30, the communities around the Canary District in the West Don Lands will experience free community programming. The YMCA will bring its classes from inside the new state-of-the-art, 82,000 square foot facility to the community at large. Enjoy yoga or challenge yourself to some skills and drills – in a local park. Watch the website for details on times and location.

Starting mid-May, those outdoor events come back inside: Arriba, Cyclefit, Table Tennis are just a few classes you can take part in leading up to the Y’s Community Celebration and Open House on May 28 and 29. That weekend, visitors can take a tour of the new community centre, speak with Y staff, and take part in even more healthy activities and programming.

Once the doors open, the new Y will offer an array of programs including Health & Fitness, Day Camps, Community Programs, and a 30,000 square foot green roof – with an amazing view of the city.

Be sure to stay in touch, read the YMCA blog, or consider contacting Cooper Koo to get involved as a volunteer by emailing CooperKooCherrySt@ymcagta.org

To stay on top of it all, sign up for updates at www.CooperKooYMCA.org

River City III

Image via @UrbanCapital

Construction on River City III is well underway and progressing nicely. Urban Capital is currently pouring concrete on the main floor after having completed the below grade foundation.

Parking Regulations and Traffic Operations
The Eastern Avenue Diversion, between the Eastern Avenue that runs over the Don River and Lawren Harris Square, was altered during the recent construction in the West Don Lands. Due to the new width of the Eastern Avenue Diversion, parking on both sides of the street no longer provides adequate space for two way traffic. As a result, a By-Law was recently passed prohibiting standing at all times on the north side of the street between Eastern Avenue and Lawren Harris Square. In addition, there is no standing at all times on the south side within 37 metres of the intersection.

Additional parking regulations (including pay-and-display) will be introduced over the next few months for Lawren Harris Square and other roads opening within the new West Don Lands neighbourhood.

Cherry Street Sanitary Forcemain
Work on the forcemain is complete and Cherry Street is open in both directions.

Cherry Street Transit
At its March 23, 2016 Board Meeting, the TTC considered proposed improvements to transit in central and east Toronto, including new streetcar service to the West Don Lands and new bus service to East Bayfront. The 514 Cherry streetcar route was approved. Service will start in June with a mixed fleet of old and new streetcars. More information can be found in the respective TTC Board Reports for new 514 Cherry streetcar service and new and revised bus services.

In the interim, 172 Cherry Street service will be extended to Cherry Beach starting May 8, 2016 in the evenings, Monday to Friday, and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

 
 
 
 

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