2 Forty Second Street, Toronto, Ontario
City of Toronto; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Park & Recreation Design
Located within the City of Toronto, at the mouth of Etobicoke Creek and Lake Ontario, this park is characterized by Etobicoke Creek which bisects the park into two components, each with different characteristics and program of uses. The East side of the site is a family orientated activity area with a beach along the Lake Ontario shoreline and a manicured park interior. The flat parkland like setting of the interior contains an abundance of mature trees, bike trails, water play and dry play facilities. The West side of the site has a more naturalized character with undulating topography of the natural Lake Ontario Shoreline and the decommissioned landfills. The west side of the site is characterized by a Waterfront Bicycle Trail, naturalized meadows and a shoreline woodland community containing stands of native trees including healthy specimens of the endangered Butternut tree.
With the participation of the City of Toronto, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and consultation with public user groups, a comprehensive master plan was presented in 2010. The first phase of the design was implemented in 2011 with the construction of a Dog off Leash park on the west side of Marie Curtis Park. The second phase of construction was implemented with the addition of various landscape elements on the East side of Marie Curtis Park.
The site enhancements and proposed landscape items provided in the master plan design includes:
• Protection to existing vegetation and wildlife on the site
• Improvements to the condition of the existing landfill site
• Improved safety for users of the site
• Enhancements and additions to the existing facilities through consultation with the public user groups
• Improvements to the existing bicycle trail system
• Cost effective construction
The MBTW Group was the lead consultant for both the master plan stage and the development of working drawings and tender documents. Construction of the two phases of the Park was completed in 2013.