Queens Quay Revitalization
A significant component of the Central Waterfront Innovative Design Competition winning entry by DTAH + West 8 is the redesign of Queens Quay Boulevard, Toronto’s waterfront main street. The vision reallocates space and creates a defining landscape character befitting of its setting. The street serves as a linear park, connecting the various precincts, wavedecks and other waterfront park spaces along this 3.5 km corridor.
In its current configuration the street acts as a barrier rather than a gateway to the waterfront. A revitalized Queens Quay presents an opportunity to implement long-standing City of Toronto policy objectives while more effectively balancing the needs of residential, business, recreational and visitor users.
West 8 + DTAH led a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for Queens Quay. The purpose of the EA was to test the competition vision and create a plan that successfully accommodates various modes of transportation (transit, bikes, pedestrians and vehicles) and enhances the landscape and the public realm within the Queens Quay corridor. The EA coordinated with several ongoing adjacent projects and made use of an extensive consultation process to ensure that the public good was reflected in the final recommendation.
Visit Constructing Queens Quay on Waterfront Toronto’s website for project progress updates.