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Design proposals unveiled for two Toronto waterfront parks

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Design proposals unveiled for two Toronto waterfront parks

TORONTO — Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto have unveiled 10 design proposals as part of an international design competition for York Street Park and Rees Street Park.

The proposals, five for each park, will be on display at the rotunda at Toronto City Hall during regular hours until July 17, providing members of the public with an opportunity for feedback, a recent media statement explained.

The design proposals will also be available for comment online.

York Street Park and Rees Street Park will be built along Toronto’s waterfront, on Queens Quay. The release said the competition request for proposals required competitors to attempt to balance the needs of local residents, downtown workers and visitors to the waterfront.

The design proposals on exhibition have been created by:

York Street Park

  • Agency Landscape + Planning (Massachusetts) and David Rubin Land Collective (Philadelphia);
  • Claude Cormier et Associes (Montreal);
  • Hapa Collaborative (Vancouver);
  • PLANT Architects (Toronto) and Mandaworks (Stolkholm); and
  • Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects (Massachusetts) and MJMA (Toronto).

Rees Street Park

  • PUBLIC CITY Architecture (Toronto);
  • SCAPE Landscape Architecture (New York) and BSN Architects (Toronto);
  • Snøhetta (New York) and PMA Landscape Architects (Toronto);
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Boston) and DTAH (Toronto); and
  • wHY Architecture (New York) and Brook Mcllroy (Toronto).

The competition jury will meet in early fall to recommend a preferred design proposal for each park. Waterfront Toronto will then award design contracts to the two winning teams.

Construction of the York Street Park is expected to commence first in 2019, with Rees Street Park following in 2020. The parks will be owned by the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation division.

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