Waterfront Toronto to collect public comment on Don River Renaturalization

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Waterfront Toronto, the organization that facilitates revitalization projects along the area, will hold a community meeting on Feb. 22 to solicit public feedback on the proposed design of Promontory Park and River Valley.

The team behind the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection project, as well as Ward 30 Councilor Paula Fletcher and landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates are each giving a short presentation starting at 7:00 p.m.

Venue is in Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall at 585 Dundas St. East, Toronto. Community members are invited to drop by from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to voice out their opinion on the two particular projects that are both part of a seven-year project aiming to renaturalize the mouth of Toronto’s Don River.

Such undertaking calls for the construction of new roads and bridges; several parks; an island; and a river valley within the Port Lands. Collectively, these reclaimed spaces are anticipated to  bring a variety of new activities and experiences to the city.

Information about the project will be discussed during the meeting, with representatives from the city of Toronto and Region Conservation present to address questions and concerns.

The Promontory Park is planned for the edge of Villiers Island, the man-made land formation which is among the project’s key components.

Landscaping and design has been tasked to Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, which envisions the space to be divided into two portions. The northern segment will rise on an infill, while the remaining area to the south is incorporating the Cousin Quay’s Western Docks into its design.

These details are still preliminary and subject to change after considering comments from community members.

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