The design proposals for two new waterfront parks in Toronto have been unveiled.
The partnership between Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation released 10 design proposals as part of the international design competition for York Street Park and Rees Street Park.
The proposals will be on display for each park in the Rotunda at Toronto City Hall, so that members of the public will have the opportunity to provide feedback. The exhibition will be open to the public for during regular hours, and began on July 4 and closes at 5 pm on Tuesday, July 17.
Alternatively, the community can visit the York Rees Park Design website for details.
“These two new parks will exemplify the innovative ways we’re addressing the needs of our growing downtown,” said Mayor John Tory in a statement. “I encourage residents and visitors to come out to take a look at the design proposals and share feedback that will shape these spaces for years to come.”
York Street Park and Rees Street Park will be the two newest additions to the Toronto’s growing collection of public spaces along the city’s main waterfront boulevard, Queens Quay.
According to Waterfront Toronto, the design competition challenged international design teams to strike a balance between the needs of local residents, a growing daytime population of office workers and the bustling crowds that visit the waterfront for recreation and leisure.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Torontonians to engage in a dialogue about what our parks can be,” said Will Fleissig, President and CEO, Waterfront Toronto. “The summary of public feedback we receive will help our expert jury to select the winning design proposals for these two new waterfront parks.”
Here’s a sampling of the design proposals on exhibition, and who they have been created by:
York Street Park
Park Vert – Agency Landscape + Planning (Massachusetts) + DAVID RUBIN Land Collective (Philadelphia)
Love Park – Claude Cormier et Associés (Montréal)
BYOT Park – Hapa Collaborative (Vancouver)
Gardiner Green – PLANT Architects (Toronto) + Mandaworks (Stockholm)
York Forest – Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects (Massachusetts) + MJMA (Toronto)
Rees Street Park
Down North – PUBLIC CITY Architecture (Toronto)
Free Forest – SCAPE Landscape Architecture (New York) + BSN Architects (Toronto)
The Nest – Snøhetta (New York) + PMA Landscape Architects (Toronto)
Rees Landing – Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Boston) + DTAH (Toronto)
wHY Architecture (New York) + Brook Mcllroy (Toronto)