“Sherbourne Common is a major public space serving the emerging neighbourhood of East Bayfront and the City of Toronto at large. It integrates natural systems, civic infrastructure and provides all-season amenities such as playgrounds, water features, public art, intimate gathering spaces, a multi-purpose central pond and a green civic gathering space. Its spectacular architectural and public art components are highlighted by careful lighting at night time, adding to its presence as one of the landmark places of the new Waterfront, which will further be enhanced by future development.
The organizing and unifying feature of the park is the water channel, connecting all the landscape and architectural components with an integrated UV purification system that cleanses and filters stormwater. This approach is a Canadian premiere and a key public infrastructure element for the neighbourhood. The project makes smart use of civic infrastructure funding for public enjoyment, providing a very astute solution in time of fiscal scarcity.
Sherbourne Common demonstrates seamless integration of civic design disciplines under the umbrella of placemaking and simultaneously heralds a revival of the long lost art of civic infrastructure. ”