A new landform is emerging from Toronto Harbour, as work continues on the Cherry Street Lakefilling Project on the western edge of the Port Lands. The lakefilling project commenced at the end of 2017, and in the months since, construction crews have created the first elements of a new landform that will free up space to realign Cherry Street and build a new Cherry Street Bridge over the Keating Channel. This seven-year project will protect 240 hectares of land on the eastern waterfront from flooding by improving local stormwater management, while also helping to naturalize the waterfront.

Waterfront Toronto, Lower Don Lands, Cherry Lakefilling ProjectFrom left: Stone being placed to form a berm, surveying of placed stone, view of the completed berm, image via WaterfrontToronto

An inner-confinement berm has been completed, and crews have since been working on the new landform's outer berm. Stone used to create the berm has been arriving via boat, then fed into the harbour with a conveyer belt. Work on filling in the berms is expected to begin this month, and deliveries of locally sourced clean fill to Essroc Quay are slated to begin this month.

Waterfront Toronto, Lower Don Lands, Cherry Lakefilling ProjectWest view from the Keating Channel, image by Forum contributor innsertnamehere

The first phase of lakefilling will continue from May through June, and will be followed by a second phase of lakefilling continuing through March 2019.

We will return with updates as construction progresses. In the meantime, you can learn more about the project by visiting our Lower Don Lands Redevelopment database file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.