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.
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.
Construction is anticipated to begin spring 2020 and the substantial completion by May 2022.
Waterfront Toronto is currently completing the contract award and the delivery Agreements for governance of project currently being drafted by Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto with an anticipated completion by December-2018.
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.
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.
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: