There's probably no intervention into Toronto's recreational landscape by the late Claude Cormier's landscape architecture firm CCxA that has made as big an impact as Sugar Beach. The 36 pink umbrellas — by designer Andrew Jones — are now an iconic presence on Toronto's Waterfront, one component of the park plan that includes Muskoka Chairs, weeping willows, an allée of sugar maples, granite outcroppings with rock candy striations, a splash pad of dancing waters, and loads and loads of sand. Located across a slip from the Redpath Sugar Refinery, the park is primed for the watching of the raw material being unloaded from freighters freshly arrived from the Caribbean, like in this image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor daniel_kryz, while beachgoers soak up the sun. When the wind is right, the area is bathed in a sweet smell that suits the candy floss pink umbrellas.
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