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February 18, 2003
Harbourfront parks and open space design competition: Call for expressions of interest
The City of Toronto is inviting landscape architects, architects, and other
design professionals to submit expressions of interest (EOI) to participate in
a design competition for the Harbourfront parks and open space system.

More than ten years ago, approximately 16 hectares (40 acres) of land within
Harbourfront were designated for public parks, waters-edge promenade, and
school/community centre uses. Since then, several of the park sites have been
developed including the Spadina Quay Wetland, and the Toronto Music Garden, a
0.8 hectare (2.0 acre) oasis which marries the Bach-inspired music of Yo-Yo Ma
with the art of landscape design.

The call for expressions of interest is the first stage in a two-stage design
competition. The purpose of the call for EOI is to invite consultant teams with
a commitment to design excellence and a proven ability to design, develop and
construct significant waterfront parks, to submit their qualifications,
experience and approach to the design of the Harbourfront parks and open space

The finalists from the EOI stage will proceed to the Stage II Conceptual Design
component of the competition. Stage II involves the teams participating in a
collaborative design workshop that strives to develop a coherent vision for the
area and sites in question. This collective vision will provide a consistent
framework for the conceptual design of specific park sites for all
participants. The conceptual designs will then be prepared separately by each
team, following the workshop.

Stage II individual submissions will be judged by a jury. The successful
team(s) will subsequently be retained to complete detailed designs and working
drawings for a key park site(s) in Harbourfront.

"The completion of the Harbourfront parks and open space system is an important
step on the City's road to waterfront renewal," said Frank Kershaw, director of
Policy and Development, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism.

"With this comes the opportunity to demonstrate Toronto's commitment to the
creation of a comprehensive park system, integrating excellence in civic
design, cultural planning and the environment," added Mr. Kershaw.

The competition will be administered by Economic Development, Culture and
Tourism through the Purchasing and Materials Management division of Finance.

To receive a copy of the EOI document, or for information about purchasing
issues, contact Marni Hust at 416-397-4804, or by email at
For information on the EOI and competition process, contact the competition
Professional Advisor Donna Hinde, The Planning Partnership, at 416-975-1556
(ext. 24) or by email at

For more information, visit our Harbourfront Parks and Open Space
Design Competition Web site at

Media Contact
Economic Development Culture and Tourism Hotline



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