TORONTO, June 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto and its government
partners officially opened the second and final phase of Port Union
Waterfront Park today, as part of the 2013 Port Union Waterfront
A unique and accessible urban escape, Port Union Waterfront Park
provides 13.5 hectares of shoreline park and nearly four kilometres of
new waterfront trail in a stretch of Toronto's eastern waterfront that
historically lacked public access. The sprawling park enhances the area
and connects the local community to the lake, while helping to
establish Port Union as a recreational destination for the entire city
"Revitalizing Toronto's waterfront is important because it not only
improves the quality of life for local individuals and families, but it
is another great aspect of the city that attracts visitors from around
the world," said Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister
Responsible for the GTA. "Toronto is a world class city and with the
ongoing support of the Harper Government we are building a world class
"Port Union Park is a vibrant addition to the community that will
benefit residents and visitors, while supporting the revitalization of
Toronto's waterfront," said Tracy MacCharles, MPP for
Pickering-Scarborough East. "This park will provide the community with
direct access to the lake, and it will be a place where families can
spend time together and enjoy recreational activities."
"Waterfront Toronto and TRCA have done outstanding work consulting with
the community and my office to make the Port Union Waterfront a
wonderful success," said Councillor Ron Moeser, Ward 44, Scarborough
East. "We established the festival so the community could come together
and celebrate this fabulous space every year. We're now working to
extend the trail further to the Guild Inn and Bluffers Park, and hope
to connect to the newly established Rouge National Park."
From Highland Creek in the east to the Rouge River in the west, Port
Union Waterfront Park provides an east-west connection along the
Scarborough waterfront, establishing a new link between existing and
emerging waterfront communities and public spaces, including the
emerging Rouge National Urban Park. The public can now enjoy
recreational activities via the enhanced shoreline and multi-use trail,
which offers a beautiful route to walk, cycle or skate through the
"Waterfront revitalization is about connecting people to the lake across
the entire city," said Waterfront Toronto Chair Mark Wilson.
"Delivering a water's edge that is continuous, publicly accessible and
beautiful creates lasting economic and social benefits."
Construction of the park's second phase also included the creation of
the Western Gateway, a grand new staircase and cantilevered pedestrian
bridge linking the Toronto and Pickering waterfront trail systems. The
Western Gateway, built in partnership between the City of Pickering,
Waterfront Toronto and TRCA, provides a safe and seamless connection
between the two waterfront trail systems.
"This park is the realization of many years of planning and construction
culminating in a spectacular waterfront park amenity that will be
enjoyed for generations by local residents and visitors to our city
region," said Brian Denney, CEO, Toronto and Region Conservation.
"TRCA is proud to have been a partner with Waterfront Toronto and the
local community to make this vision a reality."
Environmental sustainability is at the heart of all the park's
features. Designed with the area's ecology in mind, Port Union
Waterfront Park was constructed using lake fill material from local
construction sites and includes the creation of pockets of wetland
habitat and plantings of native trees and shrubs.
Port Union Waterfront Park was developed in partnership between
Waterfront Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). It was
built in two phases with a total budget of $24.2 million. The park's
first phase opened in 2006 to great acclaim from the local community.
With the completion of the second phase in late 2012, the park now
offers 3.8 kilometres of continuous waterfront trail and an enhanced
shoreline with ten new cobblestone beaches, improved aquatic and
terrestrial habitats and wetland features.
Designed and built as part of the revitalization of Toronto's
waterfront, ownership of Port Union Waterfront Park has been
transferred to the City of Toronto. The park will be operated and
maintained by the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department.
Since 2005, Waterfront Toronto has opened or improved 20 parks and
public spaces. 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.
SOURCE: Waterfront Toronto
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