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Public Realm: Guardian of Toronto's Central Waterfront

Harbourfront Centre’s mandate is to operate an open and accessible public site on Toronto's central waterfront.

"Just wanted to give my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for whoever puts together the free music series during the summer. I've been going for years and the shows get better and better. You are doing a wonderful job and make Toronto such a fantastic city to live in........Keep up the fantastic work!"

Will - Visitor

We take seriously our responsibility to the community and the public at large – protecting Toronto's downtown waterfront acreage for the betterment and enjoyment of all. We strive to continually improve the public realm under our stewardship and to ensure that our ten central acres are valued as a legacy held in trust for the public in perpetuity. We garner resources from the public and private sectors to guarantee that this key portion of Toronto's lakefront is beautified and enlivened year round for everyone's enjoyment.

We protect our public realm through:

  • Operating our land and buildings as a public trust under a non-profit mandate.
  • Ensuring an open and accessible site for all to enjoy by maintaining a policy of no site admission fees and 70% of public programming free to the public.
  • Undertaking ongoing investment in public infrastructure and improvement through both public and private resources.
  • Securing and animating the 10 acre site on a year round, 24 hour a day basis, to ensure a safe and hospitable public environment.

1 donation of $15,000 assists Harbourfront Centre in keeping its public ice rink open and accessible all season.

3 donations of $20,000 helps Harbourfront Centre maintain 50 metres of public lakeside boardwalks and promenades.

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