All the parks you guys have mentioned are nice parks and most of them, I actually like but I wasn't talking about nice parks. What I was referring to was "whiz-bang" parks. I still haven't seen any Toronto park on a world's top 10 list and that's because right now, none qualify. Canada Square and Ontario Square were built on the cheap and you don't get great public spaces by going cheap.
These are pretty basic public spaces, no doubt about it. But let's be real for a sec: these are infill parks designed to cover a parking lot and complement the surrounding facilities. They were never going to be monumental. And, simple though they are, I certainly don't agree that they're all that cheap. They're just not flashy.
I think we'd all love if Toronto had a whiz-bang Stanley Park, Millennium Park, or Park Guell, and the truth is that we don't. Maybe when we pour billions into redeveloping the Lower Don we'll be on good footing to develop some truly 'world-renowned' green space. But did anyone really expect that here?
In the meantime, let's not forget that this is one of about ten parks that Waterfront Toronto has put together for us in the last decade, most of which are shining examples of sustainable, ecological, usable spaces in what were once dusty old brownfields. OK, granted, there's no Gehry or Gaudi to draw your eye, no acres of old-growth forest, no fancy Louis Vuitton museum in the middle. But it's all relative. Do you remember what our waterfront looked like not 20 years ago? We're doing pretty damn well IMO.
That said, I could definitely be convinced that a cool sculpture or fountain would have gone a long way at Canada Square. But, as others have noted, these kinds of additions may still be realized somewhere down the road!