news from our new blue edge

June 2010


Gateway to Port Union Waterfront Park Opening


Waterfront Toronto in partnership with the City of Pickering and the Toronto and Region Conservation, officially opened the Gateway to Port Union Waterfront Park on June 9th.  Running from the Rouge River in Toronto to Bella Vista Drive and Dyson Road in Pickering, the new trail was built to make access to the lake and waterfront trail systems seamless, easy and safe for visitors and trail users from both cities.

Gateway to Port Union Waterfront ParkThe Gateway also provides a link to Toronto’s Port Union Waterfront Park, phase one of which opened in 2006 and includes a 3.6-kilometre waterfront trail system and five cobblestone beaches. Phase two is currently under construction and is expected to open to the public in 2012.


Winning Name for New Waterfront Park


Sherbourne Common has been selected as the winning name for East Bayfront’s signature waterfront park following a city-wide, month-and-a-half long naming contest by Waterfront Toronto and website Torontoist.

South side of Sherbourne CommonMore than 500 names were submitted and more than 3,000 people voted online.  The new name submitted by Doug Dent, incorporates the park’s location with the idea of ‘the commons’ where park spaces belong to the people. The name was formally approved by Toronto and East York Community Council on June 22, and the park will be officially renamed when it opens later this summer.  As winner of the competition, Mr. Dent will receive a commemorative rendering of the park and will be invited to be part of the opening celebrations.


Spadina WaveDeck Recognized by National Urban Design Awards


The Spadina WaveDeck received a Certificate of Merit as part of the National Urban Design Awards – its fifth design or construction related award since opening in September 2008.

Spadina WavDeckThe National Urban Design Awards, sponsored by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, are designed to raise awareness of urban design.  Described by the jury as a “nice piece of art” that creates “an interesting node and a continuous path that accommodates all abilities and disability”, the Spadina WaveDeck was honoured in the Civic Design category for its role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Toronto.


East Bayfront Construction Update

Water’s Edge Promenade

Later this summer Torontonians will have access to part of the lakefront they have never been able to enjoy. Construction of the first section of the water’s edge promenade in East Bayfront is on track to open with Canada’s Sugar Beach later this summer.  The promenade will eventually run the full length of the new community from Canada’s Sugar Beach east to the Parliament Slip. This first section will provide water’s edge access adjacent to Canada’s Sugar Beach, Corus Quay and the new waterfront campus of George Brown College which is currently under construction. More than half of the promenade’s granite pavers, which are being laid by hand, are now installed. In addition, the promenade’s double row of maple trees have also been planted west of Sherbourne Common and the irrigation system is also being installed. 

Canada’s Sugar Beach

Crews have started putting the final touches on Canada’s Sugar Beach after several major construction milestones were achieved in the past few weeks. The first of the park’s 36 signature pink beach umbrellas have been installed and beach sand was delivered to the park by boat. Granite installation along the park’s promenade is 90 percent complete and crews have begun to carve strips into the park’s oversized rock formations where a coloured epoxy will be applied to give a “candy-striped” appearance. Over the next few weeks, benches, light fixtures and Muskoka-style beach chairs will be installed in advance of the park’s public opening in July. The park’s official opening and ribbon-cutting is scheduled for August 9 at 10:30am.

Sherbourne Common

Work continues on Sherbourne Common where water channel construction along the south side is now complete. The park’s pavilion is also underway. UV equipment for East Bayfront’s stormwater treatment facility, which will be housed in the pavilion’s basement, is onsite and ready for installation. Over the next few weeks, mechanical and electrical work will continue on the pavilion for its café and washroom facilities. Landscaping on the south side will also begin. On the north side of the park, construction is beginning on the water channel and the second of three nine-metre high art pieces has been installed.


      Water's Edge Promenade

Construction of the first section of the Water's Edge Promenade in East Bayfront on track to open later this summer.

Canada's Sugar Beach water feature under construction
Canada's Sugar Beach water feature under construction.

Construction of the water channel and pavilion at Sherbourne Common
Construction of the water channel and pavilion at Sherbourne Common.



Port Lands Pilot Soil Recycling Facility


Waterfront Toronto held a technical media briefing on June 15 followed by a public meeting on June 16 to share the detailed plans and the selected proponents for the pilot soil recycling facility in the Port Lands.

The pilot proponents, DEC and Tetra Tech, will use the newest and best soil washing techniques available to provide us with a source of treated soil that can be used in our revitalization projects.

The pilot soil recycling facility project continues to attract interest with coverage by the environmentally focused media and strong attendance at the public meeting.


“By using state-of-the-art technologies and processes not widely used in Canada, we have the opportunity to turn contaminated soils into a resource instead of a liability."

John Campbell, CEO,
Waterfront Toronto


Corus Employees Move In to Waterfront Headquarters


Almost a thousand employees have now moved in to Corus Quay, the new corporate headquarters for Corus Entertainment. Consolidating employees from ten different sites throughout the city, this new, state-of-the-art broadcast facility will be home to 1,200 employees working collaboratively under one roof. 

Artist rending of the Corus Quay buildingLocated just east of Jarvis Street on East Bayfront’s new Dockside Drive, Corus Quay is a sustainable, environmentally responsible LEED Gold Certified building featuring several green roof areas and a massive five-storey green living wall. In addition to its stunning waterfront view, the building also opens up to the playful plaza space at Canada’s Sugar Beach.

For a look inside, visit the Corus Entertainment website.


Queens Quay Revitalization Phase One Update


Artist rendering of Queen's Quay blvd.Schematic design is now underway for Queens Quay from Spadina Avenue to Parliament Street. To create a comprehensive layout of the street during schematic design, some of the important issues the team is working on include the functional alignment of the road, landscaping and hardscaping design and a tree planting strategy. Preliminary utility, electrical and stormwater management planning is also underway.

The location of the first, funded phase of construction — about 800 metres — will also be determined during this stage of work. A number of factors, including the safety and ease of transitions from four lanes to two lanes of traffic for pedestrians, cyclists and motorized vehicles, must be assessed before a decision is made. Another significant consideration will be what stretch of Queens Quay best delivers the revitalization of Queens Quay as an asset for everyone and a showcase for the city. All of these considerations will be assessed and presented to our local working group and the general public for discussion throughout the design process for Queens Quay. 


Get Involved in the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan


The Downtown Waterfront Master Plan, which is currently being finalized, takes the competition-winning vision for the central waterfront and translates it into an action plan for implementation. The plan provides specific information about everything from the types of lighting and furniture that will be installed in the area to a description of how intersections will work on Queens Quay.

We need your input before presenting the master plan to Toronto City Council for formal endorsement. Waterfront Toronto will be holding focused workshops on three key topics in the master plan – marine infrastructure planning, wayfinding and signage, and programming/public art and heritage.


If you are interested in signing up for any – or all of these working sessions – please send an email to and Waterfront Toronto will contact you with more information.


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