Across the waterfront, conventional infrastructure is being re-imagined and re-purposed to enhance the quality and liveability of the new communities being built. Waterfront Toronto is taking advantage of pioneering technology and groundbreaking design to develop innovative public amenities that are built to meet the evolving needs of the 21st century city.
In our increasingly digital world, Toronto’s new waterfront neighbourhoods will be ready for the web-enabled technologies and applications of the future. Waterfront Toronto is building intelligent communities on Toronto's waterfront by providing Canada’s first open-access, ultra-high-speed broadband community network. Every residence and business in the new communities will be wired with the latest fibre-optic technology and enjoy affordable and unlimited access to Internet speeds up to 500 times faster than typical North American residential networks.
The state-of-the-art network will attract and support the jobs and industries of tomorrow, helping Toronto remain economically competitive with other world-leading cities.
From roadways to flood protection and storm water management, Waterfront Toronto is creating next-generation infrastructure that adds value by optimizing form and function to serve multiple uses. At the foot of Lake Ontario, Sherbourne Common is the first park in Canada to incorporate a neighbourhood-wide storm water treatment facility into its design. In the West Don Lands, Don River Park is perched atop an 18-acre flood protection land form that protects a large section of the downtown core from the risk of flooding. Another novel approach to infrastructure development is Underpass Park, which transforms the unused space beneath a series of city overpasses into a beautiful and dynamic public place, complete with children’s play and climbing structures, basketball courts and flexible community space.
The renewal of Toronto’s waterfront is also promoting the development of home-grown solutions to protect and enhance our natural environment. Faced with one of the largest brownfield remediation projects in the world, Waterfront Toronto established a Soil Recycling Facility to assess technologies to clean and process contaminated soils. Once the ground is ready for development, Waterfront Toronto’s Green Building Requirements encourage all projects to take advantage of new approaches and technologies to deliver a positive impact on the surrounding air, land and water. To ensure that neighbourhood streets stay green and vibrant for years to come, Waterfront Toronto is employing Silva Cell technology that allows trees to mature and thrive in the urban environment.