Among all the cranes and construction along the east waterfront; hidden within green space and a living pond is Corktown Commons – another innovative urban project of Waterfront Toronto.
Entering the park from Lower River Street (a few steps from Underpass Park), we suddenly found ourselves in an 18-acre city oasis with its $1.3 billion of upgrades that includes a huge wetland pond with wildlife, a wood and steel boardwalk that runs through it, a huge field, paths and the best part, the playground areas for kids!
On one side of the play area, separated by a pavilion with the washrooms, is a rubberized splash pad bordered by a bunch large rocks and concrete that are great for running and jumping on. The other side of the play area has two playgrounds; one with swings and seesaws and the other with water and sand, slides and a giant spinning disk.
There are unisex washrooms with changing tables, water fountains and concrete picnic tables – apparently there is also a public fireplace but I didn’t notice that.
When we visited Corktown Common, it wasn’t as packed as I assume it will be once word gets out, however with so much space and different areas, it’s definitely a great “destination” park to explore!
Location: East of Bayview Avenue/south of King Street
Parking: None at the park, look in surrounding neighbourhood