The first in a series of unique new waterfront public spaces, the Spadina WaveDeck is an elegant symbol of waterfront revitalization.
As the first wavedeck to open along Toronto’s waterfront, the Spadina WaveDeck is an important symbol for waterfront revitalization. Located at the foot of Spadina Avenue, the 630 square-metre wooden wavedeck transformed a narrow sidewalk into a new waterside gathering place. It created more public space along one of the most heavily used parts of the Toronto shoreline and helped connect two key waterfront amenities, the Music Garden and HtO Park.
The impressive public space, made of yellow glulam cedar and ipe wood, offers people a place where they can relax by the lake. The upper crest of the wavedeck offers broad views of both the lake and the city.
In addition to amphitheatre-style seating on the steps of the wavedeck, a 57 metre backless bench creates a perfect place to relax and gather by the lake. The bench also acts as an innovative and elegant barrier to the water.
In the evening, the deck is lit from below with colourful LED fixtures. These colourful lights cast a glow from the lake creating a beautiful effect on the deck and the water.
Location: Foot of Spadina Avenue on the south side of Queens Quay
Construction Contractor: Somerville Construction
Size: 630m2, 58.9m (length), 10.7m (width)
Number of deck boards: 3564 deck boards (2970 short deck boards and 594 long deck boards)
Materials: Ipe wood and glulam Coastal Yellow cedar
View photos of the Spadina Wavedeck.
Take a tour of the wavedecks with Christopher Hume of The Star.com
The Spadina WaveDeck incorporates many features to ensure that people of all ages, including those with disabilities, have access to this unique public space. The wavedeck is completely wheelchair accessible and routes from the street to the central overlook area are marked by a stainless steel disc pathway. Other accessibility features include:
Other accessibility features include:
In addition to the wavedecks, Waterfront Toronto is working to ensure that all of our projects help to create a waterfront that makes public accessibility a priority.