Sherbourne Common Park
Sherbourne Common is a stunning waterfront park that has transformed an industrial area into some much needed public green space just off the lakefront. It’s the latest development to be completed along the city’s waterfront and the first attraction of a yet-to-be-built neighbourhood.
Located just east of Lower Sherbourne Street, the 1.5 hectare park spans more than two city blocks, from Lake Ontario in the south to Lake Shore Boulevard in the north, on both sides of Queens Quay.
Sherbourne Common was designed by landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg to bring a feeling of “life at the lake” to the area. It’s a safe spot to play with many fun features for kids. The park features a water channel with three dramatic art sculptures, from which water cascades. It’s also the first park in Canada to integrate an ultraviolet (UV) facility for neighbourhood-wide stormwater treatment into its design. Collected stormwater is treated in the UV facility and released from three dramatic art features into a 240-metre long water channel then back out to Lake Ontario.
There are interesting play structures. Kids can spin, swing, and teeter totter their way through this intriguing park. Theres even lots of gravel to play in and tons of green space.
Across the street at Queen’s Quay where the park extends to the boardwalk and Lake Ontario. It’s also where you’ll find the splash pad in the summer which doubles as a skating rink during the winter months. There are washrooms in the building.
The park’s great features (and visual appear) will make Sherbourne Common a well-used local attraction year round for city residents and visitors.
Tip: There is limited parking in the area so drive over 1 block east on Queen’s Quay to Bonnycastle St. At the time of our visit, street parking was allowed for 1 hour from 8am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.
For more info visit: www.waterfrontoronto.ca.