TORONTO, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Corktown Common, Waterfront Toronto's
newly named park in the West Don Lands, will open to the public on June
28. A key component of the revitalization of the area, Corktown Common
is destined to become the heart of this emerging new waterfront
Great parks and public spaces are a vital part of the renewal of
Toronto's waterfront. Since 2004, Waterfront Toronto has opened 20 new
or improved parks or public spaces.
At 7.3 hectares (18 acres) Corktown Common, formerly known as Don River
Park, is the largest park in the area. Innovatively positioned atop the
flood protection landform that has removed the flood risk for 210
hectares (518 acres) of prime Toronto real estate, including part of
Toronto's financial district, Corktown Common is a creative use of
vital infrastructure and another example of Waterfront Toronto's
approach to revitalization. The park also capitalizes on the unique
landscape to open sightlines to the Toronto skyline, the Don River and
Toronto and East York Community Council approved Corktown Common as the
new name for the park on June 18. Corktown Common was chosen by the
public through Name That Park, a six-week online naming contest sponsored by Waterfront Toronto and The Grid.
"We're very pleased that this beautiful new park has a name that
represents the idea that public spaces belong to everyone," said John
Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto. "Parks and public
spaces help create a sense of identity and place and are critical to
the development of new neighbourhoods. Corktown Common is a key part of
the transformation of the area from former industrial lands into a
beautiful, sustainable and inclusive mixed-use community."
Corktown Common offers something for everyone. The playgrounds, splash
pad, athletic field and large central lawn can be used for informal
gatherings or organized activities. The flexible outdoor space,
tables, benches, bbq and fireplace create welcoming spots for the
community to meet and socialize.
With more than 700 trees and thousands of shrubs, groundcovers, and
aquatic plants, Corktown Common is a diversely planted habitat with
ecological richness that will encourage biodiversity and a healthy
forested area within the park. The large marsh, which is an integral
part of the onsite stormwater management system, is already home to
birds, bugs, frogs and ducks.
The practical needs of the park are well served by the striking and
sustainable pavilion at the play hill. The park's washrooms, small
management office, stormwater management equipment and utility space
are located within the pavilion, and in keeping with Waterfront
Toronto's sustainable building approach, solar panels have been
included on the pavilion to supplement onsite power needs.
Corktown Common is located between Bayview Avenue and the GO/CN railroad
lines, from King Street to the rail corridor in the south in the West
Don Lands. The West Don Lands, a 32 hectare (80 acre) site being
transformed from former industrial lands into a sustainable, mixed-use,
pedestrian-friendly, riverside community, is one of the first
communities being developed as part of waterfront revitalization.
The public can access Corktown Common from Bayview Avenue at Lower River
Street or from the Don Valley Trail at the Bala Underpass. The park
cannot be accessed by car and parking is not available. Corktown
Common will be open from the end of June until early September. In
order to complete construction of the eastern, river side of the park,
the park will close for the winter and reopen in spring 2014.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto created
Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's
waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable
development, economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key
drivers of waterfront revitalization.
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Image with caption: "Premier Kathleen Wynne touring Corktown Common with John Campbell, President and CEO, Waterfront Toronto (CNW Group/Waterfront Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130626_C3545_PHOTO_EN_28550.jpg
SOURCE: Waterfront Toronto
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