It was a very soggy groundbreaking for Toronto’s newest green space
— Sherbourne Park.
But the rain Thursday did not stop federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure George Smitherman along with Toronto Mayor David Miller from showing up to launch the 1.5-hectare amenity.
Located at the foot of Sherbourne Street on the city’s waterfront, the park will be a major addition to Toronto, the self-styled “city within a park.” It aims to accomplish multiple goals.
In addition to being an element of the city’s storm water treatment system, it will also be a playground for kids, a neighbourhood park and event venue.
“If it’s only the icing on the cake, it would be a pretty thin layer,” explained designer, Vancouver landscape architect Greg Smallenberg. “It has to do double duty.”
Sherbourne Park will include a watercourse that runs through the grounds and into Lake Ontario, several hundred trees, 26 play structures and nearly 50 benches. It has been described as “an outdoor living room.” Construction has already started and the $28.7-million park is scheduled to open next summer.