HTO Park

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HTO Park
Hto Park Urban Beach 2.jpg
HTO in June 2007
HTO Park is located in Toronto
HTO Park
Location of the park in Toronto
Type Urban beach
Location Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°38′17″N 79°22′58″W / 43.638048°N 79.382824°W / 43.638048; -79.382824Coordinates: 43°38′17″N 79°22′58″W / 43.638048°N 79.382824°W / 43.638048; -79.382824
Area 22,993 square metres (247,500 sq ft)[1]
Created 2007 (2007)
Operated by City of Toronto

HTO is an urban beach in Toronto, Canada, that opened in 2007. It is located west of Harbourfront Centre, on Lake Ontario.

History[edit]

The park is built on quays that was once used by ships berthing in Toronto's Inner Harbour.

The park consists of two sections:

The two quays are concrete man made infill from the early 20th Century. The eastern portion was home to Maple Leaf Mills Silos until 1983. The western half was home to a smaller industrial business with a small office structure and tanks During the 1980s, a condo project was built on part of Maple Leaf Quay while the rest stood empty as a parking lot. The eastern portion lay empty in the 1980s and 1990s.

Name[edit]

HTO is a play on H
2
O
, the chemical formula for water, since "TO" is commonly used to refer to Toronto and it is a waterfront park.

Design[edit]

HTO Park was designed by Janet Rosenberg + Associates Landscape Architects, Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc. and Hariri Pontarini Architects. The park incorporates elements of a park, beach, and golf course. The park's standout feature is a sandpit that holds Muskoka chairs and enormous fixed yellow metal umbrellas. The umbrellas were designed to evoke the Georges Seurat painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.[1] At night, the park knolls are illuminated by LED lights.

Area[edit]

HTO Park East is also home the Toronto Fire Services Station (Marine Unit) 334, Toronto EMS Station 36.

HTO Park entrance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A day at the urban beach" (PDF). Toronto Star. 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 

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