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aitken place park

Aitken Place Park will be a multi-purpose space connecting Bayside to the broader East Bayfront community. The park will include places for children and pets to play, as well as quiet spots to relax and enjoy waterfront views.

Located just east of Lower Sherbourne Street and south of Queens Quay, the 0.75-acre park will be just east of Bayside’s Aquavista development. The park will connect north to Queens Quay via a shared street named Kanadario Way. To the south of the park is local street Merchants’ Wharf and the continuous Water’s Edge Promenade along Lake Ontario.

Aitken Place Park was designed by
Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. with lead designers Thomas Balsley Associates to reflect the continuous Water’s Edge Promenade and strengthen neighbourhood connections. It was conceptualized as an urban refuge with sheltered spaces to work or watch the water, and spaces to play – a different experience to complement the other parks in East Bayfront, Sherbourne Common and Sugar Beach.


a versatile space

The design will create a variety of different experiences for park-goers. A new landform will lift the entire park landscape, creating a knoll which slopes down towards Lake Ontario, an ideal spot for sunbathing in the summer and sledding in the winter. At the top of the slope, a pavilion offers a place to sit and look down at the water. A zigzagging trail will run down the slope towards an urban porch at the park’s southern edge. Outfitted with swivel lounge chairs, this slightly elevated urban porch will provide views beyond the sidewalk to the lake. A playful water channel will run alongside the zigzagging trail, creating an opportunity for people to interact with the landscape, as well as a visual and audio effect. The sides of the lawn and edges of the park will be heavily planted with tall grasses, ground cover, shrubs and trees to create an escape from urban surroundings. On the western edge of the park will be a garden promenade with views all the way from Queens Quay to the lake. A tree-covered promenade will be populated with multi-use seating, spaces for individual work or group meals. Children’s tot play equipment will also run through this space. At the northern edge of the park, a dog run will become a separate space thanks to planting along its edges. Slightly sunken below street level to allow for lower fence heights, this dog run will serve a community need without detracting from the park going experience.
 

sustainability features

Aitken Place Park will feature a number of sustainability best practices. Examples of sustainability features incorporated into the park’s design include easy access to public transportation and low energy lighting. Drought-tolerant native plants will be irrigated with harvested rainwater. FSC-certified wood and locally sourced materials will be used.


public art

As part of the East Bayfront Public Art Master Plan, an art installation will be integrated into the park’s design. A Request for Qualifications for public art in Aitken Place Park was released in September 2015 and issued to Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett with Studio North Inc.in November 2016.

accessibility features

The park has been designed to be fully accessible, including the knoll, pavilion, porch and dog run.


public consultation

In April 2015 we asked for your feedback and input on the programming (needs and uses) for the park. An updated design was then presented at a public meeting in July 2015.

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project status

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Approved Budget:
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quick facts

Location: East of Lower Sherbourne Street and south of Queens Quay

Designers: Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. with Thomas Balsley Associates – lead designers

Size: 0.3 hectares (0.75 acres)

Number of trees: 

  • American Elm  Valley Forge (Ulmus Americana “Valley Forge”) (3)
  • Honey Locust (Gleditsia Tricanthos) (14)

Ornamental Trees:

  • River Birch (Betula Nigra) (18)
  • Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis) (9)

Project status: Under Development

  • Aitken Place Park will be a multi-purpose space connecting Bayside to the broader East Bayfront community. The park will include places for children and pets to play, as well as quiet spots to relax and enjoy waterfront views. 

 


related events

JULY 09, 2015
Aitken Place Park Community Update Meeting
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