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  • Come for a Walk with Us: Upcoming Tours

    Posted: May 26, 2017  

    We’re very excited to announce a slate of tours coming up for spring 2017. Check out our tours for the season and get full details on our Eventbrite pages.

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  • Waterfront Toronto Town Hall 2017

    Posted: May 25, 2017  

    We’re hosting a public town hall on Tuesday, June 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the George Brown College Waterfront Campus. Our President and CEO, Will Fleissig, will give community members an update on what we’ve been up to over the last year, the new context for Waterfront Toronto, our evolving mandate, new strategy and major projects that will define our future.

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  • Waterfront Toronto’s FUTURE CITIES Talks Return for a Discussion on Making Social Impact

    Posted: Mar 21, 2017  

    Join us on Sunday, March 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the second edition of FUTURE CITIES talks. Hosted by Waterfront Toronto CEO William Fleissig, who will be joined by special guests Sharmini Fernando, Lisa Switkin and Rebecca Carbin.

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  • Taking Pride in Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 21, 2017  

    We've been working hard to make Toronto's post-industrial waterfront a place to be proud of. Old parking lots and abandoned lands have been reimagined as dynamic new spaces for people. From cotton-candy-pink umbrellas and sugary white sand at Canada’s Sugar Beach to the chirping crickets and frogs of Corktown Common’s wetland, it's time to fall in love with your waterfront again.

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  • Waterfront Design Review Panel Seeking New Members

    Posted: Feb 15, 2017  

    Since 2005, the Waterfront Design Review Panel has been a forum for advancing excellence in design and city-building on the waterfront. We are now seeking seven new members to join the Design Review Panel.

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  • Fueling Arts, Culture and Creativity on Toronto’s Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 9, 2017  

    Building on the success of the last summer’s art in waterfront parks, in 2017 we’re doing even more to ensure that Toronto’s waterfront is a place for culture and creativity.

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  • Toronto, This Is Your Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 7, 2017  

    For more than a decade, Waterfront Toronto has been working diligently to make Toronto’s post-industrial waterfront a place for people. We’ve already completed more than 20 new and improved parks and public spaces, essential infrastructure to protect the city’s downtown – including the Financial District – from catastrophic flooding, and new neighbourhoods like the West Don Lands. Have you been out to explore our new waterfront?

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  • Interview: Documentary Pioneer Katerina Cizek on the Future of Cities and the Web

    Posted: Oct 28, 2016  

    Last month – as part of Waterfront Toronto’s FUTURE CITIES talks – Kat Cizek, an acclaimed filmmaker and pioneer in interactive and participatory documentary production, spoke about the lessons we can learn from the ways that cities and the World Wide Web intersect. Ilana Shamoon spoke with her to expand on the themes of the talk.

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  • From the Archives: Corktown Common

    Posted: Aug 9, 2016  

    What was once part of a neglected post-industrial area within a floodplain, Corktown Common now functions as both a captivating public space and critical flood protection mechanism.

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  • Tell Us What You Think: Lower Yonge Streets and Public Realm

    Posted: Jul 22, 2016  

    Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are working together to conduct a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study and Public Realm Concept for the Lower Yonge neighbourhood. On June 23, 2016, we held a Public Information Centre (PIC) where the project team asked for feedback on the evaluation of the street alignment alternatives, evaluation criteria and the selection of the preliminary preferred transportation plan for the Lower Yonge Precinct. If you missed the Public Information Centre for the Lower Yonge Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, there’s still time to send us your feedback.

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  • Creating a Hub for Community Underneath the Gardiner

    Posted: Jul 6, 2016  

    Buildings have sprouted around this western section of the Gardiner Expressway so that now it weaves its way through some of the densest, fast-growing neighbourhoods in the city. How can we create new community amenities to serve this population?

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  • George Brown College: An Exciting Step Forward with a Reverential Nod to the Past

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016  

    This fall, more than 500 students will move into their new home-away-from-home at George Brown College’s first student residence. To celebrate this exciting milestone, George Brown gave th new space an iconic name and identity - The George. The brand new facility also contains a spacious conference centre that will officially be known as The Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre, in recognition of two important leaders in the anti-slavery struggle in Toronto and who were long time community contributors.

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  • West Don Lands Public Art Capped Off With a 19th Century Garden

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016  

    Earlier this month, Phase One of the West Don Lands public art strategy was completed with the installation of Garden of Future Follies. This operatic sculpture garden by Canadian artist duo Hadley+Maxwell subtly references the 2015 Pan/Parpan Am Games, which leveraged the planning already completed for this area and helped accelerate the development of this portion of the neighbourhood. Garden of Future Follies is an intricate and playful homage to Toronto. It comprises 190 details, collected from over 80 different pre-existing monuments and architectural features from around the city, cast in bronze and composed within seven distinct sculptures.

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  • A Pedestrian Bridge Under the Gardiner: Creating a Connection That is Also a Place

    Posted: Jun 16, 2016  

    A new pedestrian bridge under the Gardiner Expressway will not only be a safe way to cross Fort York Boulevard. It also aspires to be a place worth visiting in and of itself.

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  • Bringing the Toronto’s Historic Shoreline to Life: the Liquid Landscape at Fort York

    Posted: May 30, 2016  

    Beneath the Gardiner Expressway the landscape around the Fort York Visitor Centre will use natural plantings of tall grasses to mimic the historic shoreline of Lake Ontario, including ice skating during the frozen months.

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  • Underpass Park Redefines the Future of Public Realm

    Posted: May 18, 2016  

    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 reimage the future of public realm by transforming these neglected spaces into usable community assets. In this blog post, we explore the design ingenuity of Underpass Park which has garnered lots of attention since 2012, including recent recognition by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

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  • How to Name a Public Space that Belongs to the People

    Posted: May 3, 2016  

    For generations, the Gardiner Expressway has been a physical and mental barrier between Toronto and its waterfront. What does it mean to reclaim the space under such a highly contested piece of infrastructure and give it a fresh start?

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  • It's Time to Vote for Your Favourite Forever Name for Project: Under Gardiner

    Posted: Apr 28, 2016  

    Voting begins NOW to choose the forever name for Project: Under Gardiner. Go to www.undergardiner.com to see the four finalists and cast your vote. You can vote once a day until the deadline.

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  • Creating a Place for Performance Under the Gardiner: Strachan Gate

    Posted: Apr 26, 2016  

    Where the Gardiner Expressway passes over Strachan Avenue, there is an opportunity to create a unique space for music, theatre and other kinds of performance.

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  • Net Zero Energy Dwelling (NetZED) On The Waterfront

    Posted: Mar 22, 2016  

    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, and also promote sustainable lifestyle choices by tenants and residents. Tridel, our development partner in 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.

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  • Help Give Project: Under Gardiner a Permanent Name

    Posted: Mar 10, 2016  

    Our city is ready for a new story about the Gardiner Expressway – one filled with hope and possibility. That’s why we need your help to #ReclaimTheName.

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  • Creating and Restoring Natural Habitat Along Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 11, 2016  

    Creating and restoring aquatic and terrestrial habitat is an important part of waterfront revitalization. Together with our partners, we are focused on helping to restore the quality of the lake’s water and shoreline.

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  • Bringing Toronto’s Waterfront to Life with Arts and Culture

    Posted: Jan 29, 2016  

    Arts and cultural events are enticing Torontonians to revisit their waterfront. Last year’s edition of Nuit Blanche, in particular, was an extraordinary success – and we're excited to build on it.

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  • What's Next for the Ferry Terminal Site?

    Posted: Jan 27, 2016  

    On January 26, about 300 people participated in the first public meeting for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Master Plan. During this meeting we got feedback on the revised master plan and the concept for phase 1.

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  • The Missing Link: A Waterfront Centrepiece

    Posted: Dec 3, 2015  

    Many things have changed along Toronto’s main waterfront street since the 1950s when industrial uses still dominated the waterfront. Following the revitalization of Queens Quay, the next step in the ongoing transformation of our waterfront is a master plan for the Ferry Terminal site at the foot of Bay and Yonge Streets.

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  • How You Can Get Involved in Project: Under Gardiner

    Posted: Dec 2, 2015  

    Last week, we announced an exciting new initiative, temporarily named Project: Under Gardiner. It will see a 1.75-kilometre stretch of unused land beneath the Gardiner Expressway, from Strachan Avenue to Spadina Avenue, completely re-imagined as a place for people. Here are three ways that you can get involved.

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  • Public Report on the Queens Quay Revitalization

    Posted: Oct 21, 2015  

    On October 14, we held a community meeting to provide an update on the new Queens Quay. Here's a recap of the information we provided.

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  • Nuit Blanche on the Waterfront: The Work of the Wind

    Posted: Oct 1, 2015  

    Thirteen art projects in The Work of the Wind will take over the waterfront for this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche produced by the City of Toronto.

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  • Community Update Meeting: Queens Quay

    Posted: Sep 30, 2015  

    Join us on October 14 as we give an update on new Queens Quay Revitalization project, including a summary of the public feedback we’ve received and the changes we’ve made on the new street.

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  • Visually Arresting Mural for the Bala Underpass

    Posted: Sep 24, 2015  

    A new mural is transforming this important connection between the West Don Lands and the Don River ravine trail system.

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  • The Bronze Fish are Coming Back to Queens Quay

    Posted: Sep 23, 2015  

    Crews have perfected their installation technique and the forty-two bronze fish sculptures that were removed from Queens Quay are now being returned to the water's edge.

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  • Urban Dog Runs: New Playgrounds for City Dogs

    Posted: Aug 21, 2015  

    Urban dog runs fill a practical need as well as a social one – giving a place for city dogs to exercise, do their ‘business’ and socialize.

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  • Turning a Parking Lot into a Piece of Waterfront Paradise

    Posted: Jul 29, 2015  

    At a special unveiling in June, the Ontario Place Urban Park and Trail was dedicated in the name of William G. Davis who was Premier when Ontario Place first opened in 1971.

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  • A Virtual Tour of New Public Art in the West Don Lands

    Posted: Jul 13, 2015  

    Today, the artworks comprising Phase 1 of the ambitious West Don Lands Public Art Strategy are complete (or very near completion). While the public may not be able to encounter most of them in person until the site opens to the public in spring 2016, we couldn’t resist showing them to you now. There are currently six new artworks in the neighbourhood, with another on the way.

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  • What We’re Doing to Improve Queens Quay: An Update

    Posted: Jun 30, 2015  

    We’re working with the City of Toronto and TTC to understand why some people find the new Queens Quay confusing. Several changes are being made next week to reinforce some of the existing regulatory signs and signals.

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  • We Want Your Feedback on the New Queens Quay

    Posted: Jun 25, 2015  

    On June 19, we celebrated the opening of your new Queens Quay with the biggest ribbon cutting Toronto has ever seen. Now we’ve entered a period of commissioning and adjustment for the new street – and we’d like your feedback.

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  • A Walk through the Revitalized Queens Quay

    Posted: Jun 17, 2015  

    After three years of one-way traffic on Queens Quay, the street was fully reopened to two-way traffic on June 10. Before this major change to the street, we invited members of the public to join us on a site walk.

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  • Spacing Announces Winning Designs from Waterfront T-Shirt Contest

    Posted: Jun 11, 2015  

    Last month, Waterfront Toronto and the Spacing Store joined forces to host a t-shirt design competition calling for submissions that celebrate the iconic public spaces, buildings, and character of the city’s waterfront. Out of more than 75 submissions, our jury selected five stand-out t-shirts.

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  • Get Ready to Celebrate Your New Queens Quay!

    Posted: Jun 2, 2015  

    On June 19th, join Waterfront Toronto as we officially open the revitalized Queens Quay, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on a scale you will have to see to believe.

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  • The Future of the Gardiner East: What Can We Learn from Other Cities?

    Posted: May 26, 2015  

    Toronto isn’t the first city to be saddled with a crumbling expressway. Here’s what we can learn from other cities that have been faced with similarly expensive, 100-year decisions.

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  • Is Queens Quay Going to Be Done in Time?

    Posted: May 12, 2015  

    Here's what construction crews will be working on between now and our opening celebrations on June 19th.

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  • Queens Quay Opening: It’s So Big, We Need Hundreds of Volunteers

    Posted: May 7, 2015  

    To celebrate the opening of your new Queens Quay, we’re planning a ribbon cutting ceremony unlike any other – and we need your help to make it happen.

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  • We Want You to Design a T-shirt that Celebrates One of Toronto’s Iconic Waterfront Places

    Posted: May 6, 2015  

    We’re calling all artists, designers and illustrators to submit their t-shirt designs celebrating iconic waterfront places. The contest runs until May 27, 2015 and it’s free to enter. The winning designers will receive a $750 prize and have their design made into a t-shirt to be sold in the Spacing Store.

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  • What You’ve Been Saying About the Design for Aitken Place Park

    Posted: Apr 29, 2015  

    With just a day and a half left to go before the deadline (April 30, 2015 at 11:59pm), this is your last chance to tell us what you think about the preliminary design for Aitken Place Park. Here's what people have been saying so far.

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  • We Want Your Feedback on the Design for Aitken Place Park

    Posted: Apr 17, 2015  

    We've unveiled the preliminary programming study for a new waterfront park. Tell us what you think about the needs and uses for Aitken Place Park.

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  • What’s Up With Those Hydro Poles in the Middle of the Martin Goodman Trail?

    Posted: Apr 17, 2015  

    People who bike the Martin Goodman Trail east of Yonge Street have noticed, and complained, of a number of hydro poles recently installed in the middle of the bike path. Here’s what’s going on.

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  • And the Winner is… KPMB, West 8 and Greenberg Consultants

    Posted: Apr 10, 2015  

    Earlier today we announced the winning team in the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Innovative Design Competition.

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  • What You Said About the Five Designs for Toronto’s Ferry Terminal

    Posted: Apr 9, 2015  

    Last month, we unveiled five possible designs for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park. The designs were bold, innovative, beautiful, inspiring – and Torontonians took the opportunity to give their thoughts and suggestions (and even criticism) of the proposals.

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  • What Will the New Queens Quay Look Like?

    Posted: Apr 2, 2015  

    It isn’t always easy to imagine what the future will look like. It can be particularly difficult in the case of a large urban construction project like the revitalization of Queens Quay West. Let us show you what the new street will look like.

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  • Waterfront Toronto's Report Card

    Posted: Mar 18, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto will be hosting a town hall meeting, giving members of the public an opportunity to get an update and ask questions on waterfront revitalization.

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  • Tell Us What You Think About the Proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal & Harbour Square Park

    Posted: Mar 15, 2015  

    We've unveiled five design proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Harbour Square Park and the surrounding area. Now it's time for you to tell us what you think!

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  • We Want Your Feedback on These Design Proposals for the Ferry Terminal!

    Posted: Mar 3, 2015  

    The five shortlisted design teams selected to participate in the Innovative Design Competition for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park will present their bold and innovative ideas to the public on Monday March 16 at Toronto City Hall.

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  • Both Beautiful and Functional: Toronto’s Next-Generation Stormwater Infrastructure

    Posted: Feb 18, 2015  

    A new stormwater management system will serve the neighbourhoods in East Bayfront, the West Don Lands and future communities north of the Keating Channel.

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  • Your Questions About the West Don Lands Woonerfs Answered

    Posted: Feb 12, 2015  

    In a recent post on Spacing's blog, Dylan Reid raises questions about the design of the woonerfs (collectively named ‘Trolley Crescent’) in the West Don Lands. Here's our response.

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  • New Innovation Centre Will Bring 2,000 Jobs to Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 10, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto is one step closer to creating a live-work-play neighbourhood for East Bayfront with the announcement of a brand new 350,000 square foot innovation centre that will bring more than 2,000 employees to Toronto’s waterfront.

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  • Introducing Aitken Place Park

    Posted: Feb 3, 2015  

    At the eastern end of East Bayfront, in the heart of the new Bayside development, is Toronto’s next waterfront park – Aitken Place Park. (Image courtesy of Hines and Tridel)

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  • Five Renowned Design Teams Selected for Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Design Competition

    Posted: Jan 12, 2015  

    Five design teams from around the world will spend the next six weeks coming up with bold and innovative ideas for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park.

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  • Breathing Life Into Our Streets

    Posted: Dec 22, 2014  

    In this three-part blog post, we’ll explore a number of factors that contribute to creating vibrant city streets. Part one explored “The Role of Urban Design.” This post explores “Breathing Life Into Our Streets” and the third and final post will explore “Street Art and the Politics of Public Space."

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  • What Does it Take to Build Great Streets?

    Posted: Dec 1, 2014  

    At Waterfront Toronto, we spend a lot of time thinking about what will make our streets truly great. Whether we are planning whole new waterfront neighbourhoods or tackling a dysfunctional street and trying to make it much better, our work always begins by looking at what is great in city streets around the world.

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  • Berlin-Based Artists Hadley+Maxwell to Create New ‘Garden of Future Follies’ for Front Street East

    Posted: Nov 17, 2014  

    By remixing Toronto’s monuments, artists Hadley+Maxwell will create a series of sculptures that will animate the generous, pedestrian-friendly sidewalk at Front Street East at Bayview Avenue in the West Don Lands.

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  • How Public Consultations Elevate Park Design

    Posted: Nov 10, 2014  

    There are endless elements that help create the exceptional parks we’ve come to know and love. Here’s a look at how public engagement has helped create some of the most memorable waterfront locations.

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  • About Our New Video: To the Waterfront

    Posted: Nov 5, 2014  

    Starting last Friday, you may have heard about a new Waterfront Toronto video. If you were at the movies over this past weekend, you might have seen it.

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  • Bold Design Ideas Wanted For Important Waterfront Gateway

    Posted: Nov 4, 2014  

    Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are inviting the world’s most talented and creative designers to participate in an Innovate Design Competition for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park. We’re looking for their best ideas for how to make this important waterfront asset a more welcoming gateway to the Toronto Islands.

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  • From the Archives: Canada's Sugar Beach

    Posted: Oct 30, 2014  

    This once lakefront parking lot has been transformed into a unique urban space that raises the bar for city-building and set a new standard for the creativity of design and quality of materials.

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  • From the Archives: Ontario Square and Canada Square at Harbourfront Centre

    Posted: Oct 23, 2014  

    Let’s take a look back at a Waterfront Toronto project that helped transform a parking lot into a vibrant waterfront destination.

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  • The Benefits of Green Infrastructure: Waterfront Green Roofs are Beautiful and Functional

    Posted: Aug 11, 2014  

    Not only can a green roof be aesthetically beautiful, but it can have a number environmental, economic, and social benefits.

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  • Meet One of the Waterfront’s First New Residents: Dr. Yair Lenga

    Posted: Jul 31, 2014  

    Located at the corner of King Street East and Lower River Street, River City is the first private sector development project in the West Don Lands. We sat down to chat with one of the first new residents to move into the neighbourhood.

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  • Corktown Common Opening Celebrations a Resounding Hit!

    Posted: Jul 16, 2014  

    Last Thursday, July 10, was a beautiful, sunny day with a gentle breeze – a perfect day for a celebration! Joined by hundreds of people of all ages we officially opened Corktown Common.

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  • It’s More Than Just Umbrellas at Sugar Beach

    Posted: Jun 26, 2014  

    Canada’s Sugar Beach has been in the news lately, held up as an extravagance and a park created without oversight. All of this is untrue – in fact, Sugar Beach is an excellent example of what Waterfront Toronto was created to do – create great parks and public spaces to spur the development of new communities.

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  • River City Takes Home 2014 Pug Award for Favourite Residential Building

    Posted: Jun 20, 2014  

    River City cuts a striking figure in the West Don Lands. The recently completed first phase of the condominium has received a PUG Award for Outstanding Achievement in Architecture and Design.

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  • Waterfront Festivals and Events in June

    Posted: Jun 17, 2014  

    Toronto has no shortage of parks and green spaces – more than 1,500 to be exact – and many of the spaces on the waterfront have been designed with large festivals and community events in mind. Here's what's happening in June.

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  • Bringing Water Back to the Channel

    Posted: Jun 12, 2014  

    It’s back! After a minor retrofit the water is on once more at Toronto's Sherbourne Common.

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  • From the Archives: Simcoe WaveDeck

    Posted: Jun 4, 2014  

    Maybe you’ve recently taken a stroll along the water’s edge near Pawsway or The Radison on Queens Quay West. If so, you probably noticed the “wavedeck” nearby, with its dramatic curves extending the sidewalk over the water. But do you remember what this area looked like before?

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  • Building (Award-Winning!) Great Places on the Waterfront

    Posted: May 28, 2014  

    There’s something special about Sugar Beach. You feel it as soon as you get there. We’ve always thought it’s a great place – and now it’s official.

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  • Public Art is Essential to Building a Neighbourhood’s Character

    Posted: May 21, 2014  

    Public art plays an important role in creating the character of a city’s places and spaces – and the cultural, social and economic benefits of public art are real. The public art master plan for Toronto’s new West Don Lands neighbourhood is ensuring that all those benefits are integrated from the start.

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  • Bringing Great Design and New Infrastructure to Queens Quay

    Posted: May 7, 2014  

    Queens Quay – Toronto’s main waterfront street – is being completely transformed. In this video, we peel back the pavement to show what we’re building underground and how that is coordinated with landscape work.

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  • Water’s Edge Promenade Named One of Canada’s Best Landscape Architecture Projects

    Posted: Mar 6, 2014  

    Recently, the Water’s Edge Promenade in East Bayfront received a National Merit Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA).

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  • Revitalizing Toronto’s Waterfront is a Complex Balancing Act

    Posted: Mar 4, 2014  

    Toronto’s waterfront is being transformed from derelict industrial lands into dynamic new mixed-use neighbourhoods that reconnect us with our waterfront through truly inspiring parks and public spaces. But it’s no easy feat – this transformation requires a delicate balancing act that makes sure that no single way that we use the waterfront overpowers all the others.

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