Toronto taxpayers pay $500Gs for painted rocks

Waterfront Toronto spent more than $500,000 on two rocks at Sugar Beach, which is located at the...

Waterfront Toronto spent more than $500,000 on two rocks at Sugar Beach, which is located at the foot of Lower Jarvis St. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

Jenny Yuen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:49 AM ET

TORONTO — Waterfront Toronto spent more than $500,000 on two painted rocks and $11,565 on 36 pink umbrellas at Sugar Beach, a councillor has learned.

Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong said he obtained specifics about the $14.1-million spent on the park as Waterfront Toronto prepares to make its case for more government funding.

“It’s a question of nice-to-haves versus need-to-haves...And to get two designer rocks from Quebec, I think is extravagant in our circumstance. And $12,000 for an umbrella seems unreasonable,” he said.

At nearby Sherbourne Common, zinc shingles cover a pavilion at a cost of $470,000.

However, Waterfront Toronto president and CEO John Campbell said the organization is providing "great value for money."

"If you want to pick apart light poles or umbrellas and rocks, that's one thing, but the reality is this is providing value," he said. "We've invested $1.3 billion of the government's money and have received $2.6 billion of the private sector's money, and that's already generated taxes to pay back the government. This is not about selling real estate but revitalizing the waterfront."


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