A new 9,600m2 waterfront park is being designed at 318 Queens Quay West on Toronto’s Central Waterfront. When completed, the new park will serve as a gateway to the extensive park system along Toronto’s waterfront, improving the park experience for visitors.

  • March to November 2022: Schematic design
  • November 2022 to March 2023: Detailed design
  • May to September 2023: Construction document preparation
  • November 2023 to January 2024: Hire a construction team
  • March 2024: Construction starts
  • March/April 2026: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change

An extensive public consultation was used to determine the program elements and scope of work for Rees Park.  The program elements identified through this process were subsequently used to refine the construction budget and to inform the Competition Design Brief.

October 2022

The City is working in partnership with Waterfront Toronto (WT) to deliver this project.  The park design is a result of an international design competition. The winning team, WHY Architecture and Brook Mcllroy, was announced in October 2018.

The design team is currently working through schematic design in collaboration with Toronto Water as this park site will also accommodate a future storm shaft within the park design. The schematic design will be completed by the end of 2022.

October 2016

A workshop was held with local stakeholder organizations to identify priorities key themes and needs for the future park. It was intended that meeting outcomes would establish preliminary park themes and program to guide discussions at future public events. Collectively, all public input and meeting outcomes will inform the call for design services.

April 1, 2017

Many thanks to all who attended the first public consultation event, held at the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre.

Below are the materials shared at the event:

Creating a park at this location is consistent with the emerging priorities of the TOCore study which recognizes the need for additional parks and place-making in growing communities. The site can be accessed by the Martin Goodman Trail, is situated within walking distance of the Peter Street Slip and Lake Ontario and is nearby waterfront parks including HTO Park East + West, Toronto Music Garden, Harbourfront Centre, and Spadina/Rees/Simcoe Wave Decks.

The consultant, Why Architecture and Brook McIIroy, has been selected through a Design Competition Process. The objective for the design is to connect a series of detached spaces on the north side of Queens Quay.

The design elements for Rees Street Park include: play for all ages and abilities, an interactive water feature, an architectural pavilion, market activities, open lawn, public art, accommodation for dogs, integration of Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway and a full spectrum of park amenities (benches, lighting, wayfinding and more).

Using a combination of fun recreational uses for kids and adults who want to relax, meet up with friends and play together, the design supports spontaneous and un-programmed year-round activities focused on community-building and other recreational activities.