New waterfront park opens in Mimico



    TORONTO, July 28 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto together with its government
partners, Toronto and Region Conservation and the local community officially
opened Phase 1 of Mimico Waterfront Park today.
    Located on the shores of Lake Ontario and bounded by Superior Avenue
Parkette in the east and Norris Crescent Parkette in the west, the park
provides west end Toronto residents with a new lakefront public green space in
an area that previously lacked public access to the waterfront.
    Improving public access to the waterfront across Toronto is a key
priority for Waterfront Toronto and its federal, provincial and municipal
government partners who provided the $10.6 million to create the park.
    "I'm pleased to be here on behalf of Minister Baird and our Government
today. Since 2006, our Government has continued to deliver real results for
the people of Toronto and all of Canada, said David Tilson, Member of
Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister
John Baird. "We look forward to seeing Canadians enjoying Mimico Waterfront
Park, and indeed the entire waterfront from east to west in the GTA."
    The park re-establishes the Mimico community as a recreational
destination and is expected to help re-invigorate the local economy.
    "The opening of Mimico Waterfront Park is yet another important step in
realizing our city's lakefront potential," said George Smitherman, Deputy
Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "Along with our recent
decision to end power generation on Mississauga's Lakeview site, this new
waterfront green space is an example of fulfilling our government's commitment
to re-connect our communities to our lakeshore."
    "Mimico Waterfront Park will provide a critical link allowing our
Etobicoke-Lakeshore community to enjoy one of our city's, and the province's,
most important natural assets - Lake Ontario - now and in the future," said
Laurel Broten, Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP. "It has and will continue to be a key
force driving the revitalization of the lakeshore and will no doubt have a
positive impact on our community's future prosperity and quality of life."
    Built in two-years, Mimico Waterfront Park was constructed through a
lakefilling process along a narrow section of the existing shoreline in order
to connect existing local parks. Restoration and shoreline enhancements to
terrestrial and aquatic habitats are key elements of the park. The park also
features a new section of the popular multi-use waterfront trail, a breakwater
island to protect the new aquatic plantings, new sand dunes and cobble beaches
for recreational enjoyment and optimal views of Lake Ontario and the city
skyline.
    "Toronto is committed to returning its spectacular waterfront to the
people of this city," said Mayor David Miller. "Facilities and parks like this
one are how we are doing that. From Scarborough to Etobicoke, we have a
remarkable natural asset that people should be able to access and enjoy."
    Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), an integral partner in the
revitalization of Toronto's waterfront, was responsible for the planning and
building of the new park.
    "Building parks takes vision, time, money and most importantly the
dedication of many individuals," said Gerri-Lynn O'Connor, TRCA Chair. "The
Mimico Waterfront Park project was lucky enough to have them all."
    Waterfront Toronto's revitalization of the city's lakefront includes the
creation of more than 300 hectares of new and improved parks and public spaces
- the equivalent of 750 football fields.
    "The completion of this park is another milestone for Waterfront
Toronto," said Mark Wilson, Waterfront Toronto Chair. "Today's opening
represents progress in advancing the revitalization vision across Toronto's
waterfront from east to west."
    Since 2005, Waterfront Toronto has completed several parks and public
spaces projects, including the Western Beaches Watercourse, York and John Quay
promenades, Port Union Waterfront Park, Cherry Beach improvements and the
Marilyn Bell Park promenade and trail. Next month, Waterfront Toronto will
open phase one of the central waterfront at the Spadina Head of Slip and the
new Cherry Beach Sports Fields.
    Waterfront Toronto is working closely with TRCA and its government
partners towards the implementation of Phase 2 of Mimico Waterfront Park.
    The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto
created Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's
waterfront.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Tanya Bevington, Waterfront
Toronto, (416) 214-1344 x239 or (647) 267-5511; Amanda Galbraith, Office of
the Minister, Environment Canada, (819) 997-1441; Laurel Ostfield, Ministry of
Energy and Infrastructure, Minister's Office, (416) 327-4418; Don Wanagas,
City of Toronto, Mayor's Office, (416) 338-7134


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