Waterfront Toronto was a big winner at the Charles Sauriol Environmental Dinner for The Living City last Friday. The organization won the Toronto and Region Conservation’s (TRCA) Living City Healthy Rivers and Shorelines Award for its East Bayfront Integrated Stormwater Management System at Sherbourne Park.
The system in East Bayfront is integrated into the design of the area’s public realm. This integrated approach—a first for Ontario and Canada—allows required infrastructure to be beautiful, functional, sustainable and cost-effective. It will serve as a model for city-builders and is setting a new standard for stormwater management processes. Stormwater is conveyed to Sherbourne Park where it is treated in a UV purification facility in the basement of the Park’s pavilion. The water then flows through three dramatic art pieces and a water channel running the length of the park and is returned 99.9 per cent clean into Lake Ontario.
Nominations for the 2010 Living City and Greenspace Awards were submitted by TRCA staff then evaluated and selected by TRCA Directors.