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.
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.
Judy Matthews likens the towering concrete supports known as “bents” that hold up Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway to the arches of a cathedral.
A group of skateboarders is hoping the city will spare a small skatepark they’ve built on a walkway beside Fort York, about six months after crews demolished another DIY park in the west end.
Julian Sleath sounds as excited about The Bentway as his appointment to spearhead it.
When Manhattan’s High Line opened on the west side in 2009, locals and visitors alike flocked to the revitalized railroad trestle to marvel at its transformation into a gorgeous and walkable park.