The Bentway—a project that aims to transform vacant space under the Gardiner Expressway into a vibrant gathering place—will open its 250-meter skating trail this winter. The park’s official opening date is scheduled for early 2018.
Thanks to a generous private donation, the City of Toronto is reimagining the corridor beneath the Gardiner Expressway as a thriving cultural hub, linking seven neighborhoods as well as several landmarks.
Defined by the series of concrete post-and-beam structural elements (“bents”) that support the Gardiner, this new urban corridor will activate the community with a continuous multi-use trail, and provide access to year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skating rink, recreational amenities, markets, public art, exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances, and more. Over time, a connective cultural precinct will emerge that will inspire creativity in a way that only Toronto can.
|Opening||Winter 2018 (partial)
Summer 2018 (full extent of Phase 1)
|Size||10 acres, 1.2 miles|
|Design Team||PUBLIC WORK, Greenberg Consultants, Inc.|
Managed by the Bentway Conservancy in partnership with the City of Toronto
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The Bentway in Toronto represents a new generation of public space: a mix of recreation, culture, and social spaces that serve the needs of an evolving city.
Judy Matthews likens the towering concrete supports known as “bents” that hold up Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway to the arches of a cathedral.