Two weeks ahead of schedule and significantly under budget, the beautiful Simcoe Wavedeck opened this morning. With the roar of the Gardiner sounding ominously in the background, WATERFRONToronto kept the ball rolling today by opening the second of its waterfront wavedecks.
Far more radical than its Spadina counterpart, the roll on the western end of the boardwalk is so steep many people were unwilling to walk up or down it. Even Christopher Glaisek, Vice-President of Planning and Design for WATERFRONToronto, seemed slightly nervous at the steepness of the slope, which has a guard rail only a few meters away from the bottom of the incline.
To the designer’s credit, the pedestrians brave enough to try the steepest slope found it surprisingly manageable and warning signs are nicely integrated into the deck. Head down and try it for yourself.
Photos by Jake Schabas