About Water’s Edge Promenade
A key feature of the award-winning plan for Toronto’s downtown waterfront is a water’s edge promenade and boardwalk that work together to create a continuous public walkway along the lake.
Designed by West 8 + DTAH as part of their overall vision for the waterfront, the wide granite mosaic promenade is shaded by a double row of trees. An equally generous wooden boardwalk will step down from the granite promenade and will cantilever out across the water.
In East Bayfront, the first stretch of water’s edge promenade (750 metres) is open between Canada’s Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common. The granite mosaic walkway has transformed this formerly industrial area into a generous civic space. A second phase of promenade, from Lower Sherbourne to Parliament, will open in conjunction with the new Bayside community. The wooden boardwalk will be built out in the future as development progresses.
In the Central Waterfront, the 2005/2006 revitalization of the water’s edge between York and John Quays around Harbourfront Centre – which includes both a wide promenade and wooden boardwalk – set the stage for the creation of new public space at the water’s edge. Waterfront Toronto has also completed a 130-metre section of water’s edge promenade at the Portland Slip which provides a new way to access Ireland Park.
The full vision for the water’s edge also calls for the creation of five iconic footbridges which will connect gaps in the boardwalk, allowing people to stroll uninterrupted across the many slips which line the water’s edge in the Central Waterfront.