Toronto is getting a new beach! Coming soon to an area just above Tommy Thomson Park is roughly 2 acres of green space with a public beach and forested dunes in Toronto’s East end. Look forward to the East’s new centre for pop-up events, concerts and public art year-round. Still not caught your interest? The Leslie Slip Lookout Park is a set to be the next phase in Toronto’s attempts to reclaim its identity as waterfront city!
Toronto: The Waterfront City
Toronto has always been tied to the lake but as the city moved away from shipping, it began to look for ways for Torontonians to reconnect with the water. Beginning in the 90’s, the city filled all the old industrial land near the downtown with condos, parks and public art. Tying it together with the rest of the city was the Queen’s Quay streetcar, linking with Spadina and Bathurst. The goal was to create a livable community in its own right while making sure that people would come from around the city to enjoy a day by the water. Now the city is looking east.
The Leslie Slip Lookout Park
The Leslie Slip Lookout Park continues the city’s tradition of recycling the old industrial landscape. The city wants the park to be an attempt at ecological restoration and reforestation. A much-welcomed development in a city that really needs more greenery. The park will be located at 12 Leslie Street and connect the public to the water’s edge with views of the entire length of the Ship Channel. There will even be a viewing platform that will display dramatic views of the Toronto skyline. Get your cameras ready!
Heading the project is Claude Cormier + Associés (CC+A). Known for their work on other public spaces in Toronto, CC+A is responsible for parks as Sugar Beach and Berczy Park. Here’s hoping for another successful project! Have ideas of your own? The city is still taking input on the park here! Let them know what kind of features you’d like to see, or how you might use the park. For regular updates on the project, join their mailing list!
For those who were worried about the east waterfront, the Leslie Slip Lookout Park should come as welcome news. The City is still developing the east waterfront but if this park is a sign of what’s to come, it’s a sign that the space is going to be for everyone.