Toronto, Ontario, Canada20131,500 square feet

Don River Park Pavilion

Don River Park Pavilion exterior

Don River Park Pavilion

Toronto, Ontario, Canada20131,500 square feet

Within a reclaimed post-industrial landscape bisected by urban transportation infrastructure, the Don River Park lies along the Don River in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Don River Park Pavilion

The design concept for the park involved the insertion of varied and undulating typography, diverse plantings, and the creation of a distinctive outdoor pavilion serving as a fulcrum and active point of reference throughout the park. Although the site was small and confined by an active railroad and flood protection landform, the design manipulates site lines and scale throughout the park, creating a sense of the boundless that encourages visitors to roam, explore, and form an intimate connection with the park. The Pavilion overlooks the outdoor amphitheater, kids splash area, ball fields and central lawn. Two sculptural roof forms hold space beyond their edges, defining the dry and wet play areas adjacent, and orienting the visitor to three main program areas: the playground, the amphitheater / sledding hill and the fireplace.


Courtesy of Waterfront Toronto

Architect of Record

Maryann Thompson Architects

Landscape Architect

Michael VanValkenburg Associates

Don River Park Pavillion stairway
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Don River Park Pavillion roof
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Don River Park Pavilion schematic model