There is a 1.75 km stretch of possibility in our city that is hidden in plain sight. We are about to transform a once forgotten space into vibrant common ground. Project: Under Gardiner will bring communities together, connecting every neighbourhood that it touches.
This continuous passageway from Strachan Avenue to Spadina Avenue is where creativity overlaps with everyday life. Under the Gardiner will soon become an open-ended story and constantly evolving space that is home to a variety of activity — from farmer's markets, children's gardens and community gatherings to performances and exhibition halls. Along this urban trail, visitors and commuters will encounter a series of 55 outdoor civic 'rooms' formed by the Gardiner's structure of columns and beams (also known as bents).
This is a legacy project that will empower communities to grow and inspire each other. With a new east-west corridor that runs deep into the city, seven neighbourhoods will be connected to new and existing parks, open spaces as well as improving access to destinations such as BMO Field, the revitalized waterfront, the Harbourfront Centre, Ripley's Aquarium, and the CN Tower. The space's footprint crosses more than 70,000 residents across Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, Fort York, Niagara, Wellington Place, Bathurst Quay and City Place.
Project: Under Gardiner is set to open in 2017.
This dynamic civic space will knit together a vibrant intersection of Toronto's newest communities. Explore the map below to see the innovative programming spaces that celebrate Toronto's unique creative energy: music, food, theatre, art, education, civic events, dance, sports and recreation. This space is divided into themed areas with proposed programming that ranges from passive and contemplative spaces to creative hubs and marketplaces where visitors will find a mix of amenities.
Our programming will be diverse, multifunctional and always evolving.
Strachan Gate View. © PUBLIC WORK
Strachan Elevation. © PUBLIC WORK
Wintertime at Fort York Boulevard. © PUBLIC WORK
A corridor that unites diverse neighbourhoods.
Diagram of new city connections.
You are a city made up of playful and unexpected gestures. You are a place where creativity sprouts up in and around the streets. We are open to your ideas. Help us imagine the possibilities for a new type of public space.
We invite you to dream up what can only happen here—in our city—under the Gardiner. Together we can turn what was once a forgotten place into a wondrous space to gather, explore and find inspiration.
We look forward to getting to know you.
Project: Under Gardiner