Thomas Balsley Associates & Scott Torrance Landscape Architect selected to design Aitken Place Park on Toronto’s Inner Harbour


Thomas Balsley Associates and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect have been selected to design a new Aitken Place Park in Bayfront, Toronto. Part of the ongoing revitalization of the East Bayfront precinct, the waterfront park will be a critical component in the establishment of a new vibrant water’s edge community, both a vital amenity to area’s residents and a destination for waterfront visitors.

The design team, comprised of leaders in their respective fields, brings together a wealth and diversity of experience and expertise in award-winning design, waterfront innovation, and sustainability. Recognized as one of the premier designers of urban parks, plazas, and waterfronts throughout North America, New York-based Thomas Balsley Associates will bring their unparalleled public realm design experience; serving as the Lead Designer for the project. Scott Torrance Landscape Architect will act as the Executive Landscape Architect providing critical local knowledge and contextual understanding of the site and surrounding community.

Situated in the heart of emerging East Bayfront neighborhood called Bayside, 0.75-acre Aitken Place Park will serve primarily as a neighborhood amenity and is envisioned as an intimate and comfortable green space for local residents who use it day-to-day while being flexible enough to support spillover from events on the Inner Harbor and adjacent retail. With a mix of active and passive spaces, it will offer recreational opportunities for young children as well as quiet places to relax, enjoy nature and take in the lake views.

Park construction is expected to begin in Spring 2016 and it will be open for Summer 2017. The park will be owned and operated by the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Image & Text Courtesy of Thomas Balsley Associates

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