/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Official Opening of Queens Quay/

TORONTO, June 17, 2015 /CNW/ - On the evening of June 19, Waterfront Toronto and its government partners will celebrate another major milestone in the revitalization of our waterfront – the official opening of the new Queens Quay. We are orchestrating one of the biggest ribbon cutting and community thank-you event Toronto has ever seen, with hundreds of community members waving a 650-metre long blue ribbon to celebrate the end of construction and the start of a new era on Queens Quay.

Queens Quay Revitalization is one of Waterfront Toronto's most important projects. Toronto's main waterfront street has been transformed from an uninviting and pedestrian-unfriendly thoroughfare into a grand boulevard that is both beautiful and functional. A grand civic meeting place and a gateway to the lake, the new street provides a more welcoming, more beautiful and more enjoyable space for residents and visitors alike.

Waterfront Toronto's festivities will also kick off the start of the Redpath Waterfront Festival's weekend long celebration with two kilometres of entertainment and activities along the new Queens Quay pedestrian promenade and Martin Goodman Trail from Sherbourne Street to Spadina Avenue.


WHO:

The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and MP for Eglinton-Lawrence


The Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment & Climate Change and MPP for Toronto Centre


His Worship Toronto Mayor John Tory


John Campbell, President and CEO, Waterfront Toronto


Mark Wilson, Chair, Waterfront Toronto


Kevin Currie, Chair, Waterfront BIA


Ulla Colgrass, York Quay Neighbourhood Association



WHAT:

Official Ribbon Cutting & Opening Celebration of Queens Quay



WHEN:

Friday, June 19, 2015


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.



WHERE:

Simcoe WaveDeck, on the south side of Queens Quay West between Lower Simcoe
Street and Rees Street.



NOTES TO MEDIA:


Any photographers and camera operators wishing to get access to a nearby rooftop for aerial images of the ribbon should inquire with Waterfront Toronto's media contact – listed below. 


Upon arrival at the Simcoe WaveDeck kindly check-in at the INFO white tent (on the south east side of the Simcoe WaveDeck) to get your media kit, including images/b-roll.


Parking will be very limited due to the high volume of pedestrian traffic in the area. It is recommend to try to park at the Radisson Hotel's underground lot. If you drive, please allow extra time to find parking.



GETTING THERE



Public Transit:

Closest TTC subway station is Union Station. Take the 509 Harbourfront streetcar or the 510 Spadina streetcar to Harbourfront Centre. Walk west on the south side of Queens Quay to Simcoe WaveDeck, before Rees Street. Please use the TTC trip planner for additional options.



Parking:   

We strongly recommend taking public transit. But if you are driving, paid parking is available nearby at Harbourfront Centre on Queens Quay West at Lower Simcoe Street and at the Radisson Hotel on Queens Quay West at Robertson Crescent. Other paid parking lots are available on the north and south side of Queens Quay, Lower Simcoe Street and Bay Street. Parking spaces are limited.



Accessibility:

The new fully-accessible TTC streetcars are running on the 509 Harbourfront streetcar and the 510 Spadina lines. The closest Wheel-Trans pick-up and drop-off location is Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West).


SOURCE Waterfront Toronto

Image with caption: "On the left: Before - A view of the narrow pedestrian area at the Simcoe Slip in 2008. On the right: After - A view of the Simcoe WaveDeck, which opened in 2009, and the new widened granite promenade, fully open as of June 19. (CNW Group/Waterfront Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150617_C8227_PHOTO_EN_18193.jpg

For further information: Andrew Hilton, Director, Communications and Public Engagement, T: 416-214-1344 ext. 263 / C: 416-427-4613, ahilton@waterfrontoronto.ca


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