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June 9, 2003
Jury makes recommendation for design of Harbourfront Parks and Open Space System
  
A design created for Phase I of the Harbourfront Parks Open System by a team
lead by Janet Rosenberg & Associates Landscape Architects / Claude Cormier
Architectes Paysagistes Inc. was today presented to and approved by the
Economic Development and Parks Committee. Final approval for the design is
pending City Council approval at the end of June.

The Phase I development of the Harbourfront Parks and Open Space System will
focus on two parcels of land to the south of Queen's Quay Boulevard West,
together known as Maple Leaf Quay. The Maple Leaf Quay East, and Maple Leaf
Quay West parcels, totalling approximately 1.7 hectares (4.2 acres), will serve
to connect Harbourfront Centre with the Spadina Quay Wetland and Toronto's
Music Garden. Construction and development is expected to start in 2004 with
completion scheduled for 2005. The cost of implementing Phase I is expected to
be $7.5 million.

The Rosenberg team consists of Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc.,
Hariri Pontarini Architects, Allen Kani Associates (Environmental Engineering),
Beth Kapusta (Communications Consultant), William Greer (Heritage Advisor),
Rina Greer (Public Art Consultant).

"This is a very significant development for the Harbourfront section of
Toronto's waterfront," says Councillor Joe Pantalone, (Ward 19,
Trinity-Spadina). Pantalone, who chairs the Harbourfront Park Steering
Committee, adds, "the design that the jury is recommending incorporates the
vision of the future of Toronto's Harbourfront of being a destination for
international tourism, national celebration and local enjoyment."

The Jury chose Rosenberg's scheme from a field of three finalists who had been
selected to advance, following a Call for Expressions of Interest, to complete
conceptual designs for the Harbourfront Parks and Open Space. Submissions were
also received from teams led by: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (Planning, Urban
Design & Landscape Architecture - Vancouver) and Ian Gray & Associates with
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. (Landscape Architects).

The Jury for the Harbourfront Parks and Open Space Design Competition included:

· Vincent Asselin, BLA, MLA, AAPQ, CSLA, Landscape Architect, Williams,
Asselin, Ackaoui et Associates, Montreal, Quebec
· Thomas Balsley, FASLA, Landscape Architect, Thomas Balsley Associates, New
York, New York
· Larry Beasley, BA, MA, MCIP, Planner, Co-Director of Planning and Director of
Current Planning, City of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
· George Dark, ASLA, CSLA, Urban Design/Landscape Architect, Partner, Urban
Strategies Inc., Toronto, Ontario
· Linda Irvine, OALA, CSLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Manager Parks and Open
Space Development, Markham, Ontario
· Rocco Maragna, B.Arch.; March (UD), MOAA, MRAIC, Architect, Principal,
Maragna Architect, Toronto, Ontario
· Susan Schelle, Artist, who in the last 25 years has shown both nationally and
internationally. She has served on numerous boards including The Toronto
Sculpture Garden, and the Powerplant.

Toronto's Harbourfront is a key section of the Central Waterfront Area,
encompassing approximately 40.5 hectares (100 acres) of prime land and water.
The completion of the Harbourfront Parks and Open Space System is one of the
first steps on the City's road to waterfront renewal and is central to
achieving the principles on which Toronto's waterfront revitalization strategy
is based. It also presents an opportunity to demonstrate Toronto's commitment
to the creation of a comprehensive park system, integrating excellence in
landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, community development,
environmental awareness, technology, culture and the arts.

The three finalist designs will be on display on Friday, June 13th in the
rotunda at City Hall (100 Queen St. W.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in the
rotunda at Metro Hall (55 John St.) from Monday to Wednesday, June 16 - 18 from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Media Contact
Donna Hinde
The Planning Partnership
416-975-1556 Ext. 24

Frank Kershaw
Director, City of Toronto Policy & Development
Economic Development Culture and Tourism
416- 392-8199

 

 

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