Stantec has been selected to provide the technical consulting and costing services to CreateTO for the next stage of planning for Toronto’s Rail Deck Park, an urban oasis in the heart of the city. Stantec’s work will form the basis for the design of the park by integrating transit corridors and transit station construction, while connecting adjacent neighborhoods.
“New York’s Central Park. Chicago’s Millennium Park. If you think of iconic urban public spaces, these likely come to mind,” says Janine Turner, Stantec’s vice president for project delivery. “Soon, we expect that you’ll add Toronto’s Rail Deck Park to that list.”
Rail Deck Park will transform 21 acres of unused air space above the rail corridor into one of the largest structure-topped parks in the world, and Toronto’s next great gathering space for recreation, culture, and celebration. It will be engineered to support all the elements of a vibrant and dynamic urban park, including lawns, gather and play spaces, shade trees, water features, public art, and more.
“This is the first step toward turning a concept into a physical, tangible park,” says Michael Whelan, vice rresident of major projects with CreateTO. “We’re hopeful that this will lead to the detailed design and the construction. Rail Deck Park will bridge the gap between Toronto neighbourhoods and the waterfront, which have been historically divided by the rail corridor, and provide necessary park space for the downtown core of the city.”
Stantec’s role in this phase of Rail Deck Park is to prepare a reference concept design and outline specifications that ensure constructability, and fits within the city’s funding model. Stantec will put forward a design that integrates with the new GO Regional Express Rail (RER) station that will be constructed in the rail corridor below Rail Deck Park at Front Street and Spadina Avenue.
This phase of Rail Deck Park will be a collaborative effort between Stantec’s program and business solutions, structural, mechanical, electrical, transportation and rail, civil, geotechnical, environmental, and landscape architecture teams. Stantec is working in partnership with Peter McMillan of McMillan Associates Architects. This phase of the project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2019.