Field trip starts : Sep 23, 2018
The design and construction of Corktown Common was managed by Waterfront Toronto in close collaboration with the City of Toronto. At 6.8 ha, it is one of the largest new parks in the City in recent years. Construction of the underlying Flood Protection Landform began in 2007, and the park was mostly complete in 2012. Constructed on derelict and abandoned post-industrial lands adjacent to the Lower Don River, Corktown Common is now the centrepiece of the West Don Lands neighbourhood. The park was purposefully designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates to create a diverse and rich ecology, providing unique habitats within the city, including a marsh, woodlands and urban prairie entirely constructed on the former brownfields site. Topics such as constructing a landscape where there are no existing on-site horticultural resources, sustainable water management and the challenges of implementing an Integrated Plant Health Management program will be discussed.
Organization: City of Toronto
Guide/s: Marc Kramer