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The Bentway: A Skating Trail Replaces Traffic Jams

Toronto’s newest project to create public space from under-utilized infrastructure, transforms a 1.75km space under the Gardiner Expressway into a venue to experience community, art, music, and cultural events

By Amrit Phull

A site of traffic standstills is steadily giving way to an active public space. Trails, open-air markets and an outdoor amphitheatre will animate the underbelly of the Gardiner Expressway from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street.

The Bentway
The repurposed underbelly of the Gardiner Expressway.

The Bentway, envisioned by urban designers and landscape innovators Public Work, celebrates the project’s location – the historical shoreline of Toronto – with a 220-metre ice-skating path and, post-thaw, a splash pad. The multi-phase plan will eventually stretch to Spadina

The Bentway Toronto
An artist’s rendering of the Bentway in summer.

The Bentway Skate Trail opens to the public on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11am.

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