The design for Rees Street Park should stitch together a series of disconnected spaces on the north side of Queens Quay using a combination of fun recreational uses for kids and adults who want to relax, meet-up with friends and family, and play together. and should support spontaneous and unprogrammed year-round activities focused on community-building, play, innovation, and activity.
Located at the southern foot of Rees Street, the Rees Street Park site is approximately 9,500 square metres (2.3 acres) and sits south of the Rogers Centre and the Entertainment District, and north of Queens Quay West. It is currently operated as a parking lot with construction set to begin in 2020.
Required design elements for Rees Street Park include play for all ages and abilities, an interactive water feature, architectural pavilion, market activities, open lawn, public art, accommodation for dogs, integration of Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway, and a full spectrum of park amenities (benches, lighting, wayfinding and more).