Wednesday September the 8th marked another milestone for the West Don Lands revitalization…although work has been going on at the site for over a year, yesterday marked the official ground breaking at the Don River Park!
Everyone from Mayor Miller to Jim Flaherty were on hand to mark the momentous occasion…by now you’re probably asking yourself “What’s so big about a park, and why do these high paid politicians need to be there to break ground?” The second part of the question, I don’t have an answer for, but in regards to the park…
The Don River Park will transform an abandoned post-industrial site into a dynamic, year-round, public space for the River City residents! Renowned design firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has been assigned the task of transforming the 18 acre site! Once complete, the Don River Park will be offer playgrounds, sports fields and open parks and other leisure activities for Torontonians to enjoy.
Aside from all the above mentioned features, the transformation of the land also acts as a flood plain! The Don River Park will double as a protection landform covering over 245 acres including the West Don Lands AND Toronto’s financial district.
The construction of this park is a brilliant move by all involved! They’re taking a barren brown field, creating a flood protection plain out of it,all the while transforming it into an open space for the public to enjoy.
To tie it into River City… Once the land transformation of the Don River Park is complete, Waterfront Toronto will hand over the land to Urban Capital to allow for the construction of River Cities Phase 1! 270 of the 348 units have already been sold at River City, but some great units are still available. If you’d like to get a unit before they’re all gone …give me a call or send me an email, I’d love to help!