Friday, July 29, 2011

"Sugar Beach"


Like many cities around the world, Toronto is in the process of reclaiming a lot of the downtown industrial properties along the harbour for recreational uses and "Sugar Beach" is one of the latest examples. This 2 acre urban beach was previously an ugly industrial parking lot but a redesign by Montreal-based, landscape architect Claude Cormier has transformed it to include a beach, a plaza space for performances, and a tree-lined promenade. It is called "Sugar Beach" since it is right beside the Redpath Sugar factory which is where that ocean-liner in the pic is unloading.
That water feature periodically spurts up high into the air giving the kids a real treat!
Redpath's is to the west but the main view from the beach is to the lake - south - I showed it here.

15 comments:

Paul in Powell River said...

Not the greatest of views is it?

Jack said...

Now, does this Redpath Sugar Factory play any role in your blogging name, Redpat?

EG Wow said...

I love seeing the ship in the photo behind the pink beach umbrellas.

Montreal Photo Daily said...

It would be fascinating to see these ocean liners/tankers so close. I think the young ones like it! Have a happy day, RedPat.

Halcyon said...

Nice shot! Another place I need to add to my "to do" list.

Kate said...

Great foresight to reclaim and beautify downtown areas for the community. Like the uniform pink umbrellas!

LĂșcia said...

What a nice place to spend a summer day!
Have a good weekend RedPat! ;-)

Regina K said...

This space has benefited nicely from being rescued from an industrial area.

Madge said...

Great shot... I love working waterfronts!

Birdman said...

Love that beach name... sugar, sugar.

Randy said...

Very nice. I even like the big ship!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a great way to utilize old industrial spaces, someone thinking with community spirit. I love the ship in the background. Nice one Red, have a good day.

llandudnopictures said...

How lovely to see these urban beaches popping up everywhere! Is the Redpath Sugar Factory a dark building with a red neon sign? I think I remember seeing it from my hotel room when I last stayed in Toronto.

Alan said...

Great to see regeneration like this, Pat.

Francisca said...

It's really been too long since I've been to the city. I may now feel like a stranger there... Congrats on your recent 500th post, too!