York Quay Neighbourhood Association covers Toronto’s iconic Central Waterfront, with members in every building. YQNA is actively engaged in what shapes our neighbourhood – traffic, transit, planning, cultural and social events, policing, environment, noise, businesses, and the great urban renewal transforming Queens Quay. YQNA welcomes all residents to participate, share their ideas and enjoy our events.
Wielding shovels in the photo are L-R John Campbell, President of Waterfront Toronto; Toronto’s Mayor David Miller; Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and George Smitherman, Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
On July 23rd, Waterfront Toronto, together with the Governments of Canada and Ontario and City of Toronto, officially broke ground on Sherbourne Park, a spectacular new waterfront park that will transform a formerly industrial area into much needed public green space on the lake. Located just east of Lower Sherbourne Street, this 1.5 hectare park spans more than two city blocks, from Lake Ontario in the south to Lake Shore Blvd. in the north, on both sides of Queens Quay.
Sherbourne Park will become the new heart of East Bayfront bringing a feeling of life at the lake to the area. To bring the lakeside experience to life, the park features three key elements in its design: woods, water and wide open green space.
The north part of the park features a grove of pacific sunset maple trees, benches and play structures creating an outdoor living room for East Bayfront residents. Wide-open green space on the south side of the park provides ample space for festivals, concerts and other citywide events overlooking Lake Ontario. In total, the park includes 182 new trees, 26 play structures and 49 benches.
On Saturday, July 18, the YQNA and the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association organised a Waterfront community clean up. Close to 20 volunteers worked from 9 am to 3 pm cleaning out 21 overflowing garbage bins along Queen’s Quay from Bay to Stadium Road (approximately 2 kilometers).
All together we filled 52 garbage bags.
The successful clean up was made possible with the assistance of the Waterfront BIA, Harbour Castle Hotel, Radisson Hotel, and the 15 individual property managers of condo buildings along QQ who each allowed us to throw two or three filled bags into their individual bins.
Another Waterfront community clean up is being considered for the middle of August.