Toronto, ON
Client: City of Toronto
Size: 1,700 square meters
Completion: 2019
Our design strives to capture and express the island’s unique locale, history, as well as natural and man-made environment.  Natural elements for water play, ample boardwalks and seating, in addition to the creation of innovative landforms are combined to create a water play park that is perfectly sited and fun.  Children are welcomed into the park by a riverbed of pebbles and bubbling boulders which direct the action toward the centre of the park.  At the centre of the water play, gentle berms rise from the ground and provide both a vantage point and the height necessary from which to slide down into the centre of the action on giant cast-in-place water slides.  Misting poles, in the guise of poplar trees, sprout from these landforms adding to the excitement and animation of the water.  Team playing and interaction is fostered within the park at a sand play zone complete with water pumps. Throughout the central water play area sequential jets composed of ground, wall, and side jets, as well as spray rings, add another layer of water playfulness.  The entire design is reinforced at its periphery by a serpentine boardwalk bounded by a strong planting of native gardens; both of which recollect the memory of the Toronto Islands as a sunny destination for recreation and fun.