Toronto's waterfront district is getting two new parks, contributing to the area's growing landscape of beautiful, sustainable open spaces. Waterfront Toronto and Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation have launched a six-week competition to select their designs, based on public votes.
The two parks will be known as York Street Park and Rees Street Park, in Toronto's Queen's Quay area. You have until July 24th to review the ten designs and cast your vote.
Here's a map of the city that indicates where the two parks will be located:
In February, proposals from over 40 international design teams were accepted, and only 10 finalists were shortlisted. The finalists are from major cities all over the world, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Stockholm, Montreal and Vancouver.
The criteria for the proposal submissions were strict - the designs had to be "bold and innovative," the parks have to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Surrounded by both office towers and condominiums, the parks should have something to offer for the bustling crowds of workers and residents.
These are some of our favourite design renderings for York Street Park:
The parks should be a "peaceful respite from the downtown core," with features that promote year-round leisure, socializing, activity, and community.
Some of the most enticing features for York Street Park include a meditative "tree walk" through the city, a "reflecting pool," lush green canopies and unique lounging areas to relax and reflect.
The parks also have some "must-have" elements, including market spaces for outdoor events, water features, public art spaces, dog accommodations, and an architecture pavilion. Each of the finalists have their own unique interpretations of these features, and have tackled them in innovative ways.
Here are some of our favourite Rees Street Park renderings:
The finalists for Rees Street Park have come up with some pretty amazing amenities, including a Wall Crawl, Hammock Grove, all-season toboggan chutes, a forest walk, a firepit, lookout towers, water activities and a misty "cloud" for cooling off in the summer.
To see all of the design proposals for both parks, click here.