Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc., with The Planning Partnership
DESIGN -Regional Honour
Sugar Beach is three parks in one. Accommodating a wide variety of users and activities, the three distinct spaces of the park are united by a singular conceptual reference borrowed from the Redpath Sugar factory across the slip. The pink umbrellas, bedrock candy motifs, granite maple leaves, and interactive water feature are intended to become part of and draw attention to the site’s unique surrounding context.
The Beach is a sun-filled space where one can sink into a contemporary Muskoka chair and watch the lake, the city skyline, as well as the freighters offloading raw sugar across the Jarvis Slip. The smell of sugar in the air resulting from this process adds an unexpected dimension to the beach-going experience.
The granite Promenade is part of a continuous pedestrian system along the entire central waterfront. The random forest-like distribution of trees across the park falls into line when viewed along the promenade axis. framing the city to the north and the harbour, Toronto Islands. and Leslie Spit horizon to the south.
The Plaza is filled with grassy berms and a large granite bedrock outcrop that serve as an amphitheatre for public concerts in the stage doors of the entertainment studios adjacent to the park.