Its interesting that little has been made of the award that the Prince Arthur’s Landing project has won. It won the Canadian Urban Institute 2010 Brownie Award for Best Large Scale Project. The Canadian Urban Institute hands out awards recognizing leadership, innovation and environmental sustainability in brownsfield redevelopment across Canada.
Brownsfields, as you know, are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities available for re-use. Expansion or redevelopment of such a facility may be complicated by real or perceived environmental contaminations. Evidently, the Prince Arthur’s Landing project, which consisted solely of demolishing a 40 year old waterfront park and then rebuilding it, not only qualified for this award but also won.
So why is this award not being mentioned by anyone except Brook McIlroy?
The project got coverage in magazines. Photos taken by Katherine Dugmore. At that time, she was the Waterfront Project Manager.
If you type Prince Arthur’s Landing Brownie Award into Google, you will be amazed just how much there is on the subject. The Brownsfield reclamation world was abuzz with all the great things Thunder Bay was doing to clean up all that contaminated waterfront property that make up most of the 52 km of shoreline.
If you want to read the entire article in the Daily Commercial News, check out this link.
Also, if you want to check out one of KD’s powerpoint presentations Blue Dreams for Brownfields click on this.
Its obvious to me that there was some falsifying of information here.
What was the waterfront like BEFORE the Prince Arthur’s Landing project?
As you can see, the so called browsfield was a park. A 40 year old, beautiful waterfront park. After the expenditure of $60M in public funding and winning the brownie award, not one metre of shoreline was added to the park. Not one.
Compare the before with the after. Look very similar do they not?