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.
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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