New Park at Lake Ontario

TORONTO — Field Operations, a New York-based landscape architecture firm, has been commissioned by the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (TWRC) to design a new 500-acre park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Toronto. The project, which will extend along 37 kilometres of shoreline from Cherry Beach to Ashbridges Bay, will feature significant public spaces, large-scale waterfront landscapes and restored marshes and beaches.

A key element of the concept plan is the use of “transects,” a framework of primary paths to introduce visitors to a variety of distinctive landscapes which link to promontories, outlooks, and secondary paths. The paths will allow people to explore and reach shorelines, lookouts, piers and other elements.

The plan also features a structure that traces the location of the historical geomorphologic feature of Fisherman’s Island, and acts as the western threshold of the park. The restoration of the Ashbridges Bay wetland will improve water quality in the lake and will provide a new ecological landscape. The master plan for the park is scheduled to be complete this summer.

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