In Toronto for the long weekend? It’s the perfect opportunity to take in some quick urban getaways, right here in the city. One great spot is the Water’s Edge Promenade, at the water’s edge just east of Jarvis. The STLAi team headed there for an excursion last Thursday to check out the future Aitken Place Park site.
The large granite rock beside the Corus building was an ideal spot to begin our exploration of the signature parks that have helped transform this location from a neglected industrial area into a vibrant waterfront destination.
Canada’s Sugar Beach — designed by Claude Cormier + Associés and named after the Redpath Sugar plant nearby — was filling up with people lounging on the Muskoka chairs under the playful pink beach umbrellas and enjoying the sun, water, and sand.
We continued eastward through Sherbourne Common to check out the Pavillion and stormwater management system. Sherbourne Common is a beautiful example of the way sustainable features can be seamlessly integrated into a park’s design.
The future Aitken Place Park site was of course closed off due to the surrounding construction underway, but we were at least able to take a peek at it through the fence. We finished off the evening on Against the Grain Urban Tavern’s spacious lakefront patio, where we savoured generous servings of pub food while watching sailboats float in the harbour.
The Water’s Edge Promenade will eventually stretch almost the full kilometre from Jarvis Slip to Parliament Slip. We look forward to enjoying a continuous stroll from Sugar Beach to Sherbourne Common all the way through to Aitken Place Park when it opens!