Neighbourhood News: Final Port Lands Consultation, A Mayoral Visit & New Retail

Neighbourhood News is a list of things happening in your neighbourhood.

TANGLED WEB: Mayor Rob Ford and a group of kids test out some of the new playground equipment at the official opening of Underpass Park, Corktown’s latest attraction. Photo by Peter J Thompson.


The dog days of summer are upon us. Despair!

This week’s big event comes via Waterfront Toronto. They’re holding the final public consultation on their tweaked plans for Toronto’s Port Lands this Wednesday, August 8. The session runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library. Corktown residents should be sure to attend and have their say. For good background information, check out recent posts by CodeBlueTO.

Speaking of Waterfront Toronto, they officially cut the ribbon at Underpass Park last week at a special opening ceremony. Mayor Rob Ford attended and climbed some children’s playground equipment. Urban Toronto has the details. If you haven’t been down to see the park yourself, I’d recommend it. I was concerned that the area wouldn’t see much use in the early months, but it seems to be bringing a lot of people to the neighbourhood.

BlogTO has released new editions of their popular neighbourhood maps for 2012/2013. For the first time—I think—Corktown has been included. The maps list popular local destinations and businesses. To get a copy, keep an eye out at neighbourhood retailers or download a PDF version online.

A couple other articles at BlogTO that might be of interest: first, a look at the fabulous farmers’ market at St. Lawrence Market—just a quick stroll down King Street East for Corktown residents. Second, they’ve got a look at Leslie Street Spit, which just might be my favourite place to ride a bike in Toronto. Don’t miss.

Following up on an item from a couple of weeks back, Toronto Life has a closer look at the new watering hole on King Street East: the Pacific Junction Hotel.

And in retail news, work is moving forward on the new paint supply store at King Street East and Sackville. Just down the road, Body Blitz Spa has amended their signage to indicate a Fall opening. They recently tweeted a photo of their work-in-progress.

Got a story for Neighbourhood News? We’re looking for updates on businesses in Corktown. Email Matt Elliott.

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