Over the past 20 years, the City has made great progress in re-redefining the Waterfront as a valuable asset and has started to reconnect residents, visitors and businesses with the City’s two rivers. This transformation is being realized through the implementation of neighbourood plans and policies, as well as public and private investments, that are bringing renewed activity and opportunities to the waterfront. Council recently endorsed in principle an expanded Waterfront Vision (below) that incorporates the full extent of riverfront throughout the City. The proposed vision is supported by three principles:
Continuity. Creating a continuous network of attractive Greenways and parks.
Connectivity. Providing connections from all neighbourhoods to the river.
Activity. Programing and animating the Waterfront with an active, engaging and dynamic series of experiences compatible with existing industrial uses that entice visitors to explore its many destinations and adjacent amenities.
Waterfront Vision - Proposed
The Waterfront is the City’s most significant cultural, economic and natural asset. It is home to vibrant and diverse public spaces, high-quality recreation, business and housing, and significant natural features. It is an integral component of the local economy, providing employment, services and tourism opportunities while providing a living link to the city’s past.
Our Waterfront Vision is to seamlessly connect our riverfront - while respecting existing industry - through a continuous system of greenways and parks that run the length of the city and provide improved connections from our neighbourhoods to the river for residents, businesses and visitors alike. Along with enhanced access and facilities, the Waterfront’s recreation and tourism potential will be realized through public spaces and activities that generate widespread interest and are welcoming for all ages and abilities at all times during the year.
- Waterfront Vision (February 29, 2016 Council Report)
- Downtown Waterfront Vision (Sept 19, 2011 Council Report, July 6, 2015 Council Report)
Existing and proposed projects that support the proposed waterfront vision are outlined below.