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Join Toronto Island residents and other stakeholders at
the WARD'S DOCK DESIGN BRAINSTORMING SESSION: NO IDEA TOO WILD OR CRAZY
For tens of thousands of visitors, and 800 Island residents, Ward’s dock is a gateway to the Toronto Island Park; from mid-October to mid-May, it is the only entrance. But for everyone who steps off the ferry, from school kids to tourists, from nature lovers to Island workers, it’s an arrival experience that falls far short of ideal.
The dock area is unattractive, uninviting and disorganized. Information about the park’s amenities is limited, signage is poor, waiting areas are inhospitable and bike racks are inadequate.
Toronto Island is supposed to be car-free, but every ferry docking is a road-pinched mix-up of vehicles and pedestrians, with an unsightly parking lot as a greeting.
In winter the situation is worse: the amenities are few and, literally, far between, with little information available.
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Our goal in the next few months is to come up with a vision for revitalizing the area, one that incorporates a mix of solutions that addresses the issues we’ve identified. But we need input from all stakeholders. To that end, we are organizing an informal brainstorming session to generate ideas.
You don't have to register, you can just show up. But if you do register, we'll have a better idea of how many people are coming, plus we'll be able to email you with any last-minute instructions (such as changes to the ferry schedule).
Date: Saturday May 7, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All meet at Ward's Island dock at 2:00 p.m. for a review of the area before proceeding to the WIA clubhouse.
Catch the 1:45 p.m. ferry to Ward's Island from the Jack Layton Ferry Docks at the foot of Bay St.
Location: Ward’s Island Association (WIA) clubhouse
Accessibility: Barrier-free access is via ramps on the south and north of the clubhouse
Cost: Free to participate but ferry costs $7.25 (adult) or $4.75 (senior, student)
More Information: Bring a jacket and an umbrella if rain is in the forecast; refreshments will be served; the Rectory Cafe will be open for lunch from 11:00 a.m.