Riverwalk Commons

Newmarket, Ontario
Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc.

DESIGN – Regional Merit Award
The project transformed an 8-acre downtown parking lot and brownfield site adjacent to Holland River Park, Fairy Lake, and a commercial main street into a multi-use, adaptable, and seasonally functional area for town-wide and regional events including a weekly farmers market, movie nights, concerts and exhibits.

The design sought to make local and regional connections by strategically integrating the historic downtown with key links to the Tom Taylor Trail and Holland River park system as well as Fairy Lake.

An open and inclusive public facilitation process, through the use of Public Information Centers, enabled the team to negotiate a controversial proposal to a very positive end result. The design accommodates flexible programming throughout the year, for all ages and abilities, within a naturalized watershed.

The park has become a source of civic pride; a space for skating in the winter, cooling off in the splash pad in the summer, stopping to enjoy a rest by the river while enjoying the trails, and a place where neighbours reunite at the farmers market.