Ground broken in Underpass Park despite criticism of the project The plot of land stretching east from St. Lawrence St. and south of King St. is not much to look at today, with highway ramps above and a sprawling construction site below. But Thursday morning it offered a hint of something more as politicians and planners gathered to break ground for Underpass Park, a key element in the Toronto waterfront revitalization project.
The accompanying news conference also offered a chance for the most noteworthy of the dignitaries, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, to reaffirm his commitment to the project — despite criticism that has been voiced by two of his longtime family friends, Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug.
“Toronto is the economic engine of the country, and it’s important for Canada that Toronto’s waterfront reflects the transition from its industrial past to the modern age,” he said. “The long-term commitment to the waterfront is there.”