Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan Showcase

Join us for a walking tour and presentation of the Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan on September 26, as we explore how the spaces under the Expressway can better serve Toronto. 

Come explore the potential of the space under the Gardiner! For the past two years, we’ve been speaking with local residents, businesses, civic leaders, and partners to explore: How can the spaces under the Gardiner Expressway better serve our city?  

As the Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan enters its final phase of development, we are pleased to share the report’s recommendations in this public Showcase. 

In partnership with the City of Toronto, we will present key findings, proposed outcomes, and share details from the two-year engagement process that informed the Plan. The Showcase will ground the report’s long-range, ambitious recommendations in real-life examples, including recently completed public space projects and pilots along the corridor.


4:00pm – 5:30pm: Under Gardiner Walking Tour 
Meet us at York Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West to explore the emerging public realm along the under Gardiner corridor! Tour stops include:

  • Waterfront ReConnect at York Street
  • Rees Park
  • Spadina Islands
  • Staging Grounds

6:00pm – 6:30pm: Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan Presentation  
Join The Bentway and the City of Toronto at the Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Boulevard) to learn more about the collaborative planning process, key findings and report recommendations that will inform the future development of the under Gardiner corridor.

6:30pm-7:15pm: Panel Discussion 
Following the presentation, we will host a lively panel discussion with civic and design leaders from across the city. Hear from Lauren Abrahams of Public Work, Matthew Hickey of Two Row Architect, Tennesha Joseph of 8 80 Cities, and Lanrick Bennett, Toronto’s first Bicycle Mayor, as they explore the necessary conditions for a holistic and supportive public realm and identify the actions to get there. Moderated by Ilana Altman of The Bentway.

It is not required to attend the walking tour in order to join us for the presentation and panel discussion at The Bentway Studio. 

What to Expect:

  • The Bentway Studio is wheelchair accessible.
  • Accessible and all-gender washrooms are available on site.
  • The Walking Tour follows city sidewalks. Please dress appropriately for the weather with comfortable footwear.
  • The Walking Tour will take place rain or shine.

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