|Type||Urban beach park|
|Area||2 acres (0.81 ha)|
|Created||August 9, 2010|
|Operated by||City of Toronto|
|Awards||Azure magazine's AZ People's Choice Award: Best Landscape Architecture (2012)
National Urban Design Award, Civic Design Projects (2012)
American Society of Landscape Architects' Honor Award (2012): General Design
Sugar Beach is an urban beach park in Toronto, Canada, that opened in 2010. It is located across from Redpath Sugar Refinery in Toronto's eastern East Bayfront. Like HTO Park to the west, the beach is not meant to allow wading or swimming in Lake Ontario, but rather functions as a waterfront public space for relaxation, leisure, and social activities. It cost $14 million.
The park is designed by Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc. It features a sandy beach with ornamental lighting, umbrellas, Muskoka chairs, rocky amphitheatre and candy trim, and pedestrian areas paved with granite setts in three colours arranged in a stylized maple leaf motif.
Since 2011, the beach has been the setting for the Toronto Port Authority's Sail-In Cinema event, with an inflatable movie screen mounted on a custom-built barge approximately 50 metres south of the beach.
The park is triangular-shaped and built next to Redpath Sugar's refinery at Lower Jarvis Street and Queen's Quay—the park's name references the nearby sugar refinery. It shares space with the new home of Corus Entertainment on Corus Quay (formerly Jarvis Street Slip). The building and beach are separated by a paved area with benches and trees in Silva Cells, and Corus Quay has large retractable doors that allow the building to host concerts and events at Sugar Beach. Prior to construction, the entire site was a parking lot for the Jarvis Street Slip and located across from The Guvernment night club.
A list of Toronto's other beaches and waterfront parks:
- "Winners of AZURE Magazine’s 2012 AZ Awards". 15 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
- "2012 National Urban Design Awards". Awarded by Architecture Canada/Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
- "Toronto's Sweetest Beach Receives International Recognition". Yahoo! Canada Finance (Yahoo! Canada Co.). 30 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-29. "The urban beach, located in the new East Bayfront community, has received a 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Award in the General Design category."
- McDiarmid, Jessica (19 August 2012). "Sail-in movie theatre makes waves in Toronto". Toronto Star. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Sugar Beach Opens". CityTV. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sugar Beach.|
- Waterfront Toronto—Canada's Sugar Beach
- Waterfront Toronto—Canada's Sugar Beach Already a Hit
- Photos of Sugar Beach on Flickr