Toronto’s Underpass Park, Making the Gardiner Livable

Toronto has an intensely divided love-hate relationship with the Gardiner Expressway, one of its major thoroughfares. Some people want to tear it down, others think it should be widened. Asking people what they think of the road is often an easy way to find out where they fall politically—lefties think its a blight, conservatives think we need more like it.

I can remember in 2008, then-mayor David Miller pledged to remove the eastern portion, between Jarvis Street and the Don Valley Parkway. It was, in the end, just a fantasy, and since the city’s politics have now moved back to the right with Mayor Rob Ford, the Gardiner is definitely not going anywhere. There have, however, been some interesting changes lately. No, we aren’t putting a strange, garden-bonnet over the road (as one local architecture office, Quadrangle, suggested we do a couple of years ago). Instead, a new park is nearing completion under the eastern-most portion of the road. Aptly called Underpass Park, the space will have a skate park, basket ball nets, and a playground. It won’t officially open until the summer, but the Toronto Star‘s Christopher Hume recently released a video preview. Can’t wait to check it out soon for myself!


1 thought on “Toronto’s Underpass Park, Making the Gardiner Livable

  1. Matthew,

    Hi there.

    I represent Trump International Hotel as their PR consultant and just wanted to reach out and thank you for today’s piece in the Globe featuring Tracy Pepe and her work with the hotel. We love being in front of your readers and to be on the front page of the Life & Arts section is amazing!

    I’d love to pitch you on a few other design items that we’re about to launch but thought I should check with you regarding the process. Would you prefer the pitches to be directed to Kathryn or are you open to receiving them?

    Thank you.

    Warmest regards,


    Judy Ahola | Tastemaker
    Nest + Nosh PR

    #3202 – 180 University Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 0A2
    T 416.388.7111 | E | @JudyAhola

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