/R E P E A T -- MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project/



    RISE OF THE NEW DON

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto's goal is to set new
standards for sustainable planning by integrating naturalization and urban
planning in a comprehensive and holistic manner. This exciting work is
happening now at the mouth of the Don River and in the Port Lands, with the
mouth of the Don River emerging as a centerpiece for waterfront
revitalization.
    The Don River is one of Toronto's great assets. Recognizing the need to
integrate a number of different objectives for the area, Waterfront Toronto
undertook, in early 2007, a Design Competition for the Lower Don Lands to
provide a unifying vision for merging the natural and urban fabric into a
green, integrated and sustainable community. In the last year, work has
focused on consolidating different studies and projects around the mouth of
the Don and in the Port Lands including naturalization and flood protection,
parks, infrastructure, transportation and transit links, and community
development.
    One of the lead projects, currently undergoing an Environmental
Assessment (EA) process, is the Don Mouth Naturalization and Flood Protection
Project. Led by Toronto and Region Conservation on behalf of Waterfront
Toronto, the goal of this project is to transform derelict brownfields into a
naturalized river mouth, to provide protection for up to 230 hectares of land
currently at risk to flooding, and to provide a great public amenity for the
future local communities and greater City of Toronto.
    In the past nine months, efforts have focused on integrating the results
of the vision emerging from the Design Competition into the EA process and to
refine the urban fabric of the original alternatives identified through the
EA.
    Community insights and advice continue to provide critical guidance to
this work. Please join us for a Community Meeting and Drop-In Open House on
Saturday, March 29, 2008.
    The purpose of this meeting is to present the evaluation of alternatives
and the selection of a preliminary preferred alternative to naturalize the Don
Mouth and to receive public feedback on the evaluation. The session will also
include an update on how the results of the Lower Don Lands Design Competition
completed in 2007 have been integrated with the Environmental Assessment.

    MEETING DETAILS
    Saturday, March 29, 2008
    St. Lawrence Hall - The Great Hall, 157 King Street East, Toronto
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm (presentation will be at 11:00 am)

    More information about the Don project and ongoing work in the Port Lands
can be obtained by contacting: Michelle Vanderwel at Toronto and Region
Conservation, (416-661-6600 ext. 5280 or mvanderwel@trca.on.ca) and/or Andrea
Kelemen at Waterfront Toronto (416-214-1344 ext. 248 or
akelemen@waterfrontoronto.ca).





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Marisa Piattelli, Waterfront
Toronto, (416) 214-1476 or mpiattelli@waterfrontoronto.ca


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