The first section of the project—the Skate Trail—officially opened to the public on January 5. The track is just one small part of the 1.75 km stretch under the Gardiner that is being transformed into public space.
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 Toronto City Council approved additional funds to help expand the Bentway further east. The new funds will bring the city’s total contribution to the multi-use public space project up to $24 million.
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.