A recent article in land8 asked this question after a stir was caused over the cost of Toronto’s award winning, Sugar Beach.
Formerly a parking lot, and coming in at a cost of $14.1 million, there are those who feel the tax payer funded beach is an example of frivolous spending. However both the designers and Waterfront Toronto have defended the cost.
“Our mandate is to build great parks and public spaces to revitalize the waterfront, to help make the city a better place to live,” said Andrew Hilton of Waterfront Toronto. “These parks do that, by taking what was once dead space and turning it into active, animated spaces that are going to make the area more attractive to developers and people — and that’s exactly what’s happening.”
"You have to look at the return,” explained project landscape architect Mr. Cormier. "The ‘Jackie Kennedy pink’ umbrellas are a unique addition to the city’s urban landscape. They’re elegant. They’re soft. It has a kind of a positive mood and we need positive moods in the city, otherwise everything is so the same.”
I think the success of the space can largely be judged by the design brief. If the intention was to create a high quality public space that would attract waterfront development and people to the area, then by the sounds of it, way to go Toronto! I’d definitely visit Sugar Beach.
Photos | Claude Cormier et Associés