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Sherbourne Park and Pavilion, Toronto

Sherbourne Park at Waterfront Toronto, is a $28.7 million project that transformed a former industrial area into public green space on the lake. The park is built upon the abstraction of an iconic Canadian Great Lake landscape. The Sherbourne Park Pavilion provide services for a significant public space on Toronto's waterfront. 

Located at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street adjacent to the Redpath Sugar Factory, the 8500 square metre (2 acre) park is the first public space visitors see as they travel along Queens Quay from the central waterfront. 

The park features a wide open greenspace, a skating rink that doubles as a splash pad in the summer, a striking zinc-clad Pavilion, and a stunning water channel with three dramatic art sculptures. The concrete, glass and stainless steel sculptures collect rainwater (UV treated after collection), transforming the channels into art. “Light Showers” is highly visible from Lake Ontario and the Gardiner Expressway. The water passes through a biofiltration bed planted with aquatic grasses and is directed into a 240 metre long water channel. As the water travels down the channel and reaches the centre of the park it meanders through the zinc-clad pavilion and ultimately is discharged into Lake Ontario. 

The Facilities also include washrooms and changing rooms for the rink/water feature as well as a concession for food and beverages. It also houses the rink chiller equipment, fuel storage for the zamboni, as well as UV filtration equipment for the waterfront as a whole. It is designed as a year round facility to help activate the park at all times. The arch itself forms a covered eating area overlooking the rink/water feature. It is also the first park in Canada to integrate a neighbourhood-wide stormwater treatment facility into its design.

Photos Courtesy of Shai Gil Photography