Urbacon is proud to announce that our Toronto waterfront project, the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail, was the recipient of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Award of Excellence. This prestigious CSLA award recognizes projects that incorporate distinctive design features, ground-breaking research and sustainable landscape management.
In consortium with landscape architects LANDinc. and West 8, Urbacon was selected to lead the construction of Infrastructure Ontario’s new 7.5-acre urban park and waterfront trail at Toronto’s Ontario Place. Previously used for parking, this beautifully-redeveloped space unlocks a section of the city’s waterfront that was formerly gated to the public for four decades.
“It’s an incredibly well-executed project,” says the CSLA jury. “And another excellent reason why the Toronto Waterfront has become so cool!”
Inspired by Ontario landscapes and discussions with indigenous groups from across the province, the park’s design includes a bluff feature made from 1,700 tons of Muskoka granite, 1,200 trail-lined Ontario trees, 28,000 shrubs and perennials, and drought-tolerant vegetation to reduce the requirement for irrigation.
As the general contractor, Urbacon secured and cleared the site of existing asphalt and deleterious material and capped the site with 45,000 SM of various soil types. Soil importation required a strict testing and approval process and existing services were relocated to allow for the reconstruction of the shoreline and the installation of new electrical and mechanical services throughout.
Designed for active transportation, the park enhances cycling infrastructure and pedestrian systems, with links to the regional Martin Goodman Trail system along Toronto’s waterfront. Our firm is proud to have been an integral part of this transformative project.