Help shape a new future below the Gardiner Expressway

The Bentway and City of Toronto invite you to contribute to the Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan

May 18, 2022 [Toronto/Tkaronto, ON] - Today The Bentway and the City of Toronto released early details of the work underway on the Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan: a collaborative effort to guide further development of the parks, open spaces, paths, and intersections under and adjacent-to the Gardiner Expressway.

From now until June 30, members of the public are invited to learn more about this ongoing work and contribute their thoughts, ideas and feedback at to inform the next stage of the planning process.

“Phase 1 of The Bentway opened in 2018, demonstrating how the Expressway can support civic life alongside mobility needs, and the imagination that Toronto is capable of,” says Ilana Altman, Co-Executive Director of The Bentway. “Now, as the city considers a growing and connected series of public spaces along the Gardiner corridor, we want Torontonians to help shape a hybrid future for this shared infrastructure.”

The Gardiner runs elevated for 6.5km and past 17 downtown neighbourhoods (from Dufferin St to the DVP), moving more than 140,000 vehicles every day. A defining feature of Toronto’s landscape, the Gardiner corridor links major civic priorities present and future - including planned Ontario Line stations at Exhibition Place and East Harbour; attractions like BMO Field, Rogers Centre, and Scotiabank Arena; as well as the Waterfront, Quayside, and the Port Lands. As the City of Toronto works to rehabilitate the roadway, and bring new life to surrounding communities, there is an opportunity to reimagine how this infrastructure can connect, perform, and inspire. 

Image Credit: PUBLIC WORK
Image Credit: PUBLIC WORK

The creation of the Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan is an inclusive, multi-staged process (with a second round of public engagement to follow later this year) and a joint effort between The City of Toronto and The Bentway, leveraging subject matter expertise, perspectives, and public voices. Project consultants include PUBLIC WORK (conceptual corridor design lead), Two Row Architects, Transsolar KlimaEngineering, and Third Party Public.

On May 27 and 28, the public is invited to visit the Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan Consultation Booth at The Bentway’s Street Summit, where they are encouraged to ask questions, learn more about the spaces under the Gardiner, and add their input.

For details visit:





Duncan Peng

Craft Public Relations


 The Bentway works to ignite the urban imagination, using the city as site, subject, and canvas. Anchored under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and guiding its complex future, The Bentway is a not-for-profit powered by vital partnerships with the City of Toronto, artists, neighbours, supporters, and other city-builders who believe in the possibilities of public space. 

Since Phase 1 of The Bentway – under the Gardiner from Strachan Ave to Fort York Blvd, on the grounds of Fort York National Historic Site – opened in 2018, it has proven to be a vital backyard park, a cultural platform for artist experimentation, and a growing creative movement. In partnership with the City of Toronto, The Bentway is creating a network of public spaces, developing a cohesive vision for wayfinding, and reconnecting the waterfront to the downtown core.

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Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses.

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About The Bentway

The Bentway works “to ignite the urban imagination”, using the city as site, subject, and canvas.

Anchored under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and guiding its complex future, The Bentway is a growing public space, and much more. The Bentway is a new type of civic organization: a not-for-profit, powered by vital partnerships with the City of Toronto, residents, supporters, artists, city-builders, and dreamers. The Bentway is a catalyst rooted in experimentation, leading a creative movement to re-imagine the opportunities of urban spaces. Phase 1 of The Bentway opened in 2018 and is already a vital public space, backyard park, cultural platform, connector for the western Waterfront corridor and a demonstration of what is possible.

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