Torontonians and visitors may now enjoy the lakefront east of the Jarvis slip. A first stretch of water's edge promenade, which connects Canada's Sugar Beach with Sherbourne Common, is now open.
In the future, the promenade will extend almost a full kilometre, all the way to the Parliament Slip.
In total, Waterfront Toronto is building 30 metres of public space between buildings and Lake Ontario along the full length of East Bayfront. It will be made up of two key parts: a 10-metre wide granite mosaic promenade and an 11-metre wide wooden boardwalk. There will also be an additional nine metre pedestrian area between buildings and the promenade.
The way people experience the water’s edge from either the promenade or boardwalk will be quite different. Along the promenade, a row of mature trees lining each side will create a
French-style allée by the lake sheltering pedestrians from sun and wind. The boardwalk, open to the elements, gives pedestrians full exposure to the lake.
In keeping with a commitment to sustainability and design excellence, Waterfront Toronto is constructing a stormwater management system in East Bayfront that will be integrated into the design of the area’s public realm, including Sherbourne Common. This integrated approach allows required stormwater infrastructure to be beautiful, functional, sustainable and cost-effective.
Location: At the water’s edge just east of Jarvis Street to the Parliament Slip
Number of trees: Approximately 200
View highlights from the opening of the first phase of the Water's Edge Promenade in August 2010.
The water's edge promenade is fully accessible to people with disabilities. The promenade features a flat, 10-metre wide granite surface swhose cobbles have been smoothed to ensure those in a wheelchair or those who have difficulty walking can navigate the area.
At the eastern end of the promenade, Waterfront Toronto’s fourth wavedeck is planned for the Parliament Slip. This impressive 3000 square metre (32,300 square foot) wavedeck, just a five minute walk from the Distillery District, will be both a public gathering space and treatment area for East Bayfront’s stormwater management system. Several dramatic openings in the wavedeck will allow the community’s stormwater to undergo natural UV treatment as part of the water purification process.