In all directions, River City Phase 3 is surrounded by beautiful new public spaces that, while each very different from the other, collectively represent Waterfront Toronto’s unrivalled commitment to the public realm, and offer RC3 residents public amenities of a quality and scope unlike any other in the city.
Immediately across Bayview Avenue from RC3’s front door, Corktown Common (formerly known as Don River Park) is the epicentre of the West Don Lands neighbourhood. Designed by internationally renowned New York-based landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, it is a perfect example of park design done right. This beautiful 18 acre park is the largest green space in the area, and a wonderful new amenity for neighbourhood residents as well as people from across the city.
Designed to integrate with the contours of the Flood Protection Landform underneath it, Corktown Common is a sprawling park that has been purpose-built to serve the city. It has multiple playgrounds, a splash pad, pavilion with barbecues and a fireplace, an athletic field and plenty of open spaces. You can also take advantage of the meandering trails, bike and walking paths, boardwalk and off-leash dog park.
Plus, you’ll find a wide range of trees and plants, and the park’s intimate marsh area is already home to diverse wildlife including birds, frogs and more.
Think of an intimate, elegant public square in Paris, London or Rome. That is the idea behind Lawren Harris Square, a quiet, understated public space right in front of River City Phase 3.
Underpass Park is arguably the best example of the innovative ideas that Waterfront Toronto is putting in place throughout the West Don Lands. This park is exactly what its name implies: a park beneath an overpass.
An idea that originated with Urban Capital’s initial design submission for the River City site, and the brainchild of Vancouver-based landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg with Toronto-based The Planning Partnership.
This charmingly reinvented spot is part of Waterfront Toronto’s ongoing effort to transform neglected spaces on the waterfront into valuable, usable public amenities. The overpass, rather than remaining the urban barrier it once was, has now become a sheltered place to play and relax, and a safe, inviting space that connects the north and south sections of the River City neighbourhood.