Dan Leckie-Lake Shore Triangle
The Dan Leckie-Lake Shore Triangle (LLT) is at the doorstep of numerous downtown neighborhoods, including City Place/Fort York, Bathurst Quay, Little Norway, and the Waterfront.
The site is earmarked for an essential park expansion that will bring new and enhanced amenities to the area including off-leash areas, multi-use trails, cultural programming, and blue-green infrastructure.
Spadina Island is a large transportation median bounded by Lake Shore Boulevard on the north, south, and west, and by Spadina Avenue on the east. Flanked by on- and off- ramps offering vehicular access from Lake Shore Boulevard to the Gardiner Expressway, the site is exposed to traffic noise and visual clutter.
The design for Spadina Island should be developed in concert with that of the Dan Leckie-Lake Shore Triangle and provide multiple access points as part of a holistic approach to district connectivity.
The Spadina Island should be designed to support the extension of an Under Gardiner multi-use trail as well as performative landscapes, biodiversity, and traffic buffers/screens on the active edges. Maintenance and storage that will support ongoing site operations can be sited to the northeast corner, taking advantage of the grade change and resulting street wall.
Spadina Crossing Improvements
Southern Linear Park is an existing trail that runs from Dan Leckie Way to Bremner Blvd and is interrupted by Spadina Avenue.
In order to ensure safety, accessibility, and connectivity, the intersection must be regularized to allow an at-grade crossing north of the Spadina/Lake Shore intersection, connecting the two sides of Southern Linear Park. Further studies are recommended to explore approaches and implementation.