The Woodbine Racetrack site envisions a new future: A City within a City – an exhilarating place to live, work, study and recreate.
The project transforms the largest undeveloped tract within Toronto into an iconic and dynamic, fully integrated, transit-oriented mixed-use district. Capitalizing on the racetrack’s legacy and the site’s natural, cultural, and locational assets, the project is designed to become a new heart in Toronto.
The master plan includes a diversity of open spaces throughout to provide relief and respite. These spaces are anchored by the green corridor, connecting the Humber River Valley to Mimico Creek, the racing surfaces and infield, Woodbine’s Central Park, and the Urban Promenades that structure the built environment. Anchoring the western portion of the site is the green corridor. Due to the drainage basin divide that occurs in the NW corner of the site, the green corridor is divided into two portions. The northern portion drains to the Humber River and the southern portion drains to Mimico Creek with the divide being New Providence St. The water in the green corridor is set up as a series of ponds, to traverse the topography and to ensure a high aesthetic quality of the water. The northern ponds have the potential to be part of a staged quality control facility before outletting to the Humber River. The other ponds can be incorporated into the storm water management system as aesthetic ponds.
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