New beach and lookout park planned for Toronto’s Port Lands

The city has unveiled the design for Leslie Slip Lookout Park, which is due to be complete in 2023

An industrial site in the Port Lands is set to become a park with a beach, skyline views and a space for pop-up concerts.

On Wednesday, the city unveiled renderings for Leslie Slip Lookout Park, a 1.9-acre park on the Martin Goodman Trail at the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park.

Claude Cormier + Associés, which designed Sugar Beach and Berczy Park, won a competition to design and construct the “multi-use” park at 12 Leslie Street.

The park’s features include a west-facing lookout with view of downtown core, forested dunes and a 360-degree view of the Port Lands and the ship channel. There new space will also host pop-up events, concerts and public art.

A new outdoor event space is especially good news given the rash of venue closures and the pandemic sparking a greater need for (and interest in) socializing outdoors.

Public consultations are expected to begin next month and the design firm’s site lists the completion date as 2023.

Check out renderings of Leslie Slip Lookout Park below:

Claude Cormier + Associés

Claude Cormier + Associés

Claude Cormier + Associés

Claude Cormier + Associés


Comments (4)

  • Chris Archer January 27, 2021 06:20 PM

    RE: “New beach and lookout park planned for Toronto’s Port Lands”

    Uhhh am I the only one who noticed that the new beach is stuck between a cement plant and an aggregates company storage yard? We sail just near by and don’t even go close on windy days because there is a toxic slurry of dust that blows off those mounds of unknown sediments, over the entire area. Funny how they white that part out of the photos… there’s also much more industrial toxic stuff around that area too.

  • Doug Wedel January 27, 2021 06:30 PM

    Sugar Beach works because it’s small. But it looks like a failure if done on a large scale or even just a second time. Everything I’ve seen in this proposal is flat and looks as superficial as arch renderings tend to. How about something with depth, imagination, courage, substance? I love the placement of this park, just… let’s do a lot more with it than dump beach sand in a lot and say we’re done. Modern style buildings tend to be flat, uninspiring compared to older styles. This park is in that same style. Yuck!

  • barry slater January 29, 2021 02:15 PM

    As a resident of Morse Street since 1984 I’ve had opportunity to tell the planners of the various projects in the neighbourhood that access to the lake should be a priority. Nothing to this effect has been done despite the opportunities presented over the 36 years I’ve been involved. This vision, like Sugar Beach, is far removed from the people who live in the residential remnant south of Eastern Ave. Can we not build a direct path across Lakeshore Blvd. along a greenway created with the Villiers Island and Cherry Street developments. After all this time to be shunted off to this industrial corner feels like an insult to people who once had sandy beaches along Ashbridges Bay.

  • Luke January 29, 2021 07:54 PM

    In my mind a beach is synonymous with swimming. Unless I’m missing something, that’s not so in this case and so we have a space that is looks to be a sandy and grassy expanse. Proximity to water is not the same as access; the water here is basically symbolic. Is there not a way to incorporate water access to the proposition? As per Sugar Beach I hope creating dry beaches will not be a trend.

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