Placemaking

Leslie Slip Lookout Park

Project History

The Leslie Slip Lookout Park will be a new destination in Toronto’s Port Lands located on the Martin Goodman Trail at the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park. The park will include a public beach, distinguished by forested dunes that will create a new multi-use community destination in Toronto’s east end.

The centrepiece of Leslie Slip Lookout Park will be a 1.9 acre open space at 12 Leslie Street that will connect the public to the water’s edge with views of the entire length of the Ship Channel. The open space will include a viewing platform that will provide the public with dramatic views of the Toronto skyline.

The park recycles an industrial landscape into a new recreational hub. The beach and grassy dunes topography provides opportunities for ecological restoration, reforestation, and naturalization. This new destination will offer opportunities for year-round programming, including pop-up events, concerts and public art, as well as a unique lookout experience with a west-facing view of the downtown core, and a stunning 360 degree view of the Port Lands.

Claude Cormier + Associés (CC+A) has been awarded the contract to design and construct the park through a design competition. The firm is known to have designed some of the most memorable public spaces in Toronto, including Sugar Beach and Berczy Park.

Information regarding the upcoming public consultation process for this project will be made available on this site as details become available.

Public Consultation Meeting #1  – Monday, March 1, 2021

Indigenous Community Sharing Meeting – Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Indigenous Community Sharing Meeting #2 – Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Public Consultation Meeting #2 – Monday, December 6, 2021

For further information, please contact LeslieSlipLookout@createto.ca

Details

Major Intersection: Leslie Street and Unwin Avenue
Surrounding Uses: Industrial uses to the north and to the east, the Turning Basin and The Hearn to the west and Tommy Thompson Park and Lake Ontario to the south.
Ward: Toronto-Danforth
Councillor: Councillor Paula Fletcher
Site Area (acres): 2
Past Use: Industrial Site
Proposed Use: Major Public Parks and Open Spaces
Planning and Staff Reports: