Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

Actions
Loading...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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?

    read more...

  • What is a Flood Protection Landform?

    Posted: Sep 23, 2016  

    In this blog post, we explore the importance of the flood protection landform in the West Don Lands - a vital piece of urban infrastructure that sits beneath the surface of Corktown Common and protects more than 500 acres of downtown lands from flooding.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Parking It: Discovering Mimico Waterfront Park

    Posted: Jul 15, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. This week we're discovering Mimico Waterfront Park.

    read more...

  • Parking It: Discovering Marie Curtis Park

    Posted: Jul 8, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • What’s With The Blue Flags?

    Posted: Jun 9, 2016  

    For 17 days in June, Luminato will take over the Hearn Generating Station in the Port Lands. During the festival, the heritage building's montumental 770 foot smokestack will be illuminated at night in a wash of light, attracting people to experience the possibilities of this area and hinting at what's to come for the Port Lands. En route to the Hearn you may notice a wave of blue flags along Cherry Street, marking one of the spots where the street will cross the new river valley.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Creating a Comprehensive Transit Network on Toronto’s Waterfront

    Posted: May 27, 2016  

    On May 25 and 26, about 200 people participated in a public meeting for the Waterfront Transit "Reset" Study. In partnership with Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the City of Toronto is undertaking this phase 1 study to establish a clear vision and plan for a comprehensive waterfront transit network, from Long Branch in the west to Woodbine Avenue in the East.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • The next phase of the West Don Lands is coming to life!

    Posted: Apr 7, 2016  

    When Waterfront Toronto was established, our mandate included the planning and creation of high-quality, sustainable, inclusive communities that are connected to adjacent areas and to the rest of the city. Today, the very first of these new communities – the West Don Lands – is fully open for the public to explore and discover.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Why the Port Lands are Vital to Toronto’s Future

    Posted: Feb 17, 2016  

    Once the largest natural wetland in Lake Ontario, the Port Lands is a massive underutilized, brownfield site that is a reminder of Toronto's industrial past. It is one of the last significant undeveloped spaces near the city's downtown core that offers immense potential for jobs, investment and growth, reducing urban sprawl, and for demonstrating global leadership in sustainable city building.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • A Fresh Perspective on Sustainability: Developing a New Resiliency and Innovation Framework

    Posted: Jan 15, 2016  

    We are developing a new Resiliency and Innovation Framework that will focus on climate change resiliency, advanced innovation, and smart cities development. For example, plans to revitalize the Port Lands and naturalize the mouth of the Don River will things such as green infrastructure, energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and passive design.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Tell Us What You Think About the Emerging Plans for the Port Lands?

    Posted: Nov 16, 2015  

    read more...

  • Shaping the Future: Placemaking in the Port Lands and Connecting South of Eastern

    Posted: Nov 9, 2015  

    The Port Lands, an underutilized industrial area with extensive waterfront access located just east of Toronto’s downtown, offers an unprecedented revitalization opportunity. Roughly the same size as downtown Toronto, we envision transforming this massive brownfield site into a complete and vibrant community comprised of residential, commercial and industrial uses.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • One Step Closer to Unlocking the Port Lands

    Posted: Jul 22, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto and its government partners recently announced $5 million in funding to complete due diligence work on the proposal to naturalize the mouth of the Don River.

    read more...

  • Opening Your New Queens Quay

    Posted: Jul 9, 2015  

    On June 19, we celebrated the official opening of the revitalized Queens Quay with our government partners, stakeholders, media and the entire waterfront community. People from all over the city came together for this unique ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the waterfront’s new boulevard.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Exchanging Ideas on Planning and Design in a Changing Climate

    Posted: Jun 30, 2015  

    Canadian – Netherlands Resilient Cities Summit brought together experts from both countries to discuss and work on joint solutions to real issues and challenges for mitigating and adapting to a changing climate.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Let the River Flow – Protecting and Revitalizing the Port Lands

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto, working with the government and community partners, has developed a plan to transform this massive brownfield site to include new mixed-use communities with beautiful parks and natural habitats.

    read more...

  • A Major Milestone for East Bayfront: Aqualina at Bayside

    Posted: Jun 6, 2015  

    Toronto Mayor John Tory came down to the Water’s Edge Promenade in Bayside last month to break ground on Hines-Tridel’s Aqualina, the first residential building in the development.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • It’s Spring on Queens Quay, So We're Planting New Trees This Week

    Posted: Apr 30, 2015  

    Tree planting began on the south side of Queens Quay today. Once planted these trees will grow faster and thrive longer thanks to soil cell technology.

    read more...

  • How Socially Responsible and Sustainable is Waterfront Toronto?

    Posted: Apr 22, 2015  

    Read through our Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report and give us your feedback.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Research Project Seeks to Improve Transportation Model and Reduce City’s Carbon Footprint

    Posted: Dec 3, 2014  

    The University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute has developed a new app for iPhone and Android that tracks travel behaviour. The data collected will help develop a new transportation model that could help us solve Toronto’s transportation challenges.

    read more...

  • Queens Quay: Getting Ready for 2015

    Posted: Nov 7, 2014  

    As we approach our last winter of construction on Queens Quay, it’s helpful to remember how far we’ve come. This is a big and complicated project. Over the last two years, most of Queens Quay’s aging underground infrastructure has been expanded or rebuilt.

    read more...

  • A New Way to Tell the Waterfront Story

    Posted: Oct 31, 2014  

    We hear a lot of questions about waterfront revitalization – from citizens, from journalists and even from those who live and work on the waterfront. We want to answer these questions. Here's how.

    read more...

  • John Campbell Speaks to the Toronto Region Board of Trade

    Posted: Oct 27, 2014  

    Last Monday, Waterfront Toronto’s President and CEO, John Campbell, gave a speech to business leaders at a Toronto Region Board of Trade luncheon. His remarks touched on the work our agency has done over the last decade and looked ahead at the decade to come.

    read more...

  • Making Transit a Priority: Optimizing Signalization on Queens Quay

    Posted: Oct 14, 2014  

    The 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina street cars have returned to Queens Quay. This marks a major milestone in the revitalization of Toronto's waterfront boulevard.

    read more...

  • More Than Just Green Spaces: Linear Parks Create Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits for Neighbourhoods

    Posted: Oct 5, 2014  

    Our city boasts a diverse and extensive network of green spaces that are treasured by residents from Etobicoke to Scarborough, Downtown to North York. From the big and lively to the small and intimate, each urban park has its own unique character. But one type of park has steadily been gaining popularity in Toronto and around the globe: The linear park. And for good reasons too.

    read more...

  • Corktown Common Summer Wind Down

    Posted: Sep 16, 2014  

    This summer, Waterfront Toronto officially opened Corktown Common. Two tremendously successful events celebrated this vibrant and inviting destination park in the heart of the emerging West Don Lands.

    read more...

  • Coming Soon: Pedestrian and Cycling Improvements for Queens Quay East!

    Posted: Aug 29, 2014  

    Good news for walkers and cyclists – a new sidewalk and extension of the Martin Goodman Trail will soon connect the eastern part of the waterfront to points east and west.

    read more...

  • Exploring the History of Toronto’s Big Waterfront Dreams

    Posted: Aug 27, 2014  

    Our city, the city of Toronto, has had its share of big dreams for the water’s edge. We looked through a number of them assembling Dreaming Big, an exhibition on now at the Toronto Reference Library’s TD Canada Trust Gallery until October 11th.

    read more...

  • Creating a Vision for the Future of Toronto’s Iconic Ship Channel

    Posted: Aug 15, 2014  

    Last month, about fifty urban design thinkers gathered to work on the vision for this important feature of the city's working port.

    read more...

  • Well-Thought-Out Transit is Key to Making Commuting Less Stressful

    Posted: Aug 12, 2014  

    Seamless, efficient and usable urban transport options in Sweden and Denmark make it easy to get around. Creating an integrated system that works takes you farther than preaching “leave the car home,” says York University psychology professor David L. Wiesenthal.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Portland Slip Water’s Edge Promenade Now Open

    Posted: Jul 15, 2014  

    A new stretch of water’s edge promenade is now open along the Portland Slip next to the Canada Malting Silos. Like the Water’s Edge Promenade between Canada’s Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common, the new Portland Slip promenade is made of red and grey granite forming a maple leaf mosaic pattern.

    read more...

  • Toronto City Council to Vote on Strategic Review of Waterfront Revitalization

    Posted: Jul 7, 2014  

    This week, Toronto’s City Council will consider a proposal to conduct a strategic review of the next phase of waterfront revitalization. The proposed review will have an important impact on the next phase of our city’s waterfront revitalization. Here's why.

    read more...

  • Transparency and Accountability on the Waterfront

    Posted: Jul 4, 2014  

    We're committed to earning the trust and confidence of Torontonians and the broader public that we serve by being honest and open and by acting with integrity and accountability. So here's what we've done.

    read more...

  • Connecting Cycling Routes Along the Waterfront

    Posted: Jun 24, 2014  

    Being able to cycle to work is a great thing, both for the exercise and the freedom from packed subways and streetcars. Cycle commuting is even better when you can rely on a good, interconnected network of bike lanes and separated paths to get around easily and safely.

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Leave the Car at Home: How Employers Can Lead the Charge Toward a More Sustainable Commute

    Posted: Jun 10, 2014  

    It’s not just good for the environment – riding public transit, walking or cycling to work saves money and makes you healthier. Here's how employers can help.

    read more...

  • Toronto Named Intelligent Community of the Year

    Posted: Jun 6, 2014  

    Last night in New York City, the Intelligent Community Forum named Toronto as its Intelligent Community of the Year. The award recognizes the city's global leadership in creating economic opportunity for its citizens in the new "broadband economy."

    read more...

  • 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.

    read more...

  • Myth: If you take down the eastern Gardiner Expressway, traffic will have nowhere to go.

    Posted: Feb 28, 2014  

    The Reality: Many cities have removed their elevated expressways without replacing the road capacity. Defying common sense, the result has been a decrease in traffic and demand for roads as drivers adapt their behaviour to the new reality. What lessons can we learn from case studies around the world?

    read more...

1