A Sneak Peek at the Corktown Commons

On June 14th, STLAi staff got a backstage look at the brand new Corktown Commons from Waterfront Toronto’s James Roche. The park was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. from New York. STLAi staff were very impressed with their varied and dense planting schemes.

We were all excited to see frogs already occupying the large wetland.  Another highlight was to be among the first to test out the steel slide and boulder mountain. The variety in the play equipment, from wheelchair accessible, to natural and traditional was great to see in a Toronto park.

Corktown Commons Wetland
Corktown Commons Wetland
The view from the playground
The view from the playground

An added bonus was that we were witness to the installation of No Shoes, a sculpture by Mark di Suervo, a behemoth of red I-beams and logs. The sculpture was commissioned for High Park, where it resided for many years. The artist has now restored the sculpture and returned it to Toronto.

No Shoes by Mark di Suervo being installed.
No Shoes by Mark di Suervo being installed.

Thanks to James and the staff at Waterfront Toronto for the tour, we are looking forward to Phase 2 of the park in a few years!

Testing out the playground.
Testing out the playground.

The visit was the highlight of an excellent day on the town which also included visits to the Evergreen Brickworks, Underpass Park and Joel Weeks Parkette.

An STLAi designed trailhead at the Brickworks
An STLAi designed trailhead at the Brickworks