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front street promenade

The new Front Street Promenade will become the heart of Toronto’s newest community.

Front Street, the main pedestrian thoroughfare in the new West Don Lands will become the centre of the community. The extended Front Street runs east from Cherry Street and will terminate at Bayview Avenue with a large open plaza and public art installation that will also serve as a neighbourhood landmark.

 

Designed by award winning architecture firm PFS Studio, this new section of Front Street is defined by a linear park located on the north side of the street. The promenade will be defined by a central allée of large canopy trees with small exterior rooms defined by low planting, comfortable seating and site lighting. The design takes advantage of its southerly exposure to provide sunny spaces for social gatherings and small events, areas to sit and relax, as well as play areas for children.

 

A mix of retail, restaurants and offices along both the north and south sides of the street will offer residents and visitors a full range of amenities, all conveniently located within walking distance of transit, neighbourhood homes and the area’s parks.

 

Public art is an important part of the new Front Street Promenade as identified in the Public Art Strategy for the West Don Lands. Three permanent installations, commissioned by Waterfront Toronto, animate the streetscape at key locations: 
 

  • The Water Guardians by Canadian artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins is located one block west of Bayview Avenue and Front Street;
  • untitled (Toronto Lamp Posts) by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata is located in the western-most portion of Front Street, one block east of Cherry Street; and
  • Garden of Future Follies by artists Hadley+Maxwell is located at Bayview Avenue and Front Street

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quick facts

Boundaries: From Cherry Street to Bayview Avenue

 

Design team: PFS Studio /  The Planning Partnership

 

Length: 350 linear metres

 

Trees: Autumn Blaze Maple, American Elm, Japanese Zelkova and Red Oak

 

Construction: Completed 2015


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