The Bentway Skate Trail Now Open




The Bentway, a new public space designed by PUBLIC WORK and Ken Greenberg Consultants located under the Gardiner Expressway, reimagines how Torontonians gather and experience art and events downtown.

Made possible by an unprecedented public-private collaboration between the City of Toronto and Judy and Wilmot Matthews, The Bentway is specifically designed for Toronto - a city where culture grows in unexpected and extraordinary places. The Bentway works closely with partners at the City of Toronto and Fort York National Historic Site to celebrate the unique character of this area underneath the Gardiner Expressway. Through excellence in stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, The Bentway seeks to engage the vibrant and diverse communities in the surrounding area and draw visitors from around the world. The first section to be developed, The Bentway Skate Trail, officially opened to the public on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Throughout the Winter Season, The Bentway’s inaugural public art exhibition, “Constructions of the Everyday,” will be on view. For over fifty years the Gardiner Expressway has been a defining feature of Toronto’s urban landscape. In a radical act of renewal, The Bentway reimagines this static structure and imbues it with renewed relevance for a contemporary city. Embracing the spirit of transformation, the visual artists commissioned for “Constructions of the Everyday” ask visitors to find new value and beauty in the structures of everyday life.

The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street, into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population. The initial phase, a 1.1km trail and series of public spaces, knits together seven local neighbourhoods with over 70,000 residents, becoming a gateway to the waterfront, while providing access to important attractions and destinations – from Fort York National Historic Site, Ontario Place and Exhibition Place to Harbourfront Centre and the CN Tower. The Bentway ill offer year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skating rink, recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances and more.

The Bentway Skate Trail is located under the Gardiner Expressway right beside the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.) between Strachan Ave. and Bathurst St. It is 220m and stretches from just east of the Visitor Centre to Bastion St. Winter Season runs from January 6 to mid-March (weather permitting).

Find out more at: www.thebentway.ca.

Photo credit: The Bentway
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