Jan 15, 2014

Pan Am Games Legacy: Toronto’s West Don Lands

On July 10th 2015 Toronto will be hosting the Pan American / Parapan American Games; the third largest sporting event world wide. The city will play host to over 9,000 athletes and 1.2 million spectators over 16 days.

“But the real legacy the games will leave is that of transportation, recreation, and housing development. The Pan/Parapan Am games serves as a catalyst for several long overdue infrastructure investments in Toronto needed to bring the city to world-class status.”

The 2015 Pan Am Games’ True Legacy for Toronto, SustainableCitiesCollective.com

One of these significant infrastructure upgrades will be The West Don Lands which will serve as Athlete’s Village during the games and later provide affordable housing.

Viewed as one of Canada’s first complete sustainable communities, this massive and ambitious 94-acre redevelopment is on an industrial brownfield site located in the eastern edge of downtown Toronto.

The West Don Lands will be home to more than 20,000 people from a wide range of cultural and economic backgrounds. PFS Studio is the lead design consultant working within a multi-disciplinary team led by The Planning Partnership for this exciting project, responsible for the creation of a distinct street hierarchy, signature parks and vibrant public open spaces for this new, diverse neighbourhood. The public realm will be built out in concert with the unfolding development over a period of the next 10 years.

Front Street is designed to include a significant public space along one side that will provide a gathering and event space.

Read more about the West Don Lands and other Toronto-wide improvements that will be in place in time for the 2015 Pan American / Parapan American Games onSustainableCitiesCollective.com.