As the weather warms up we get outside more and have a chance to appreciate our city. There are hidden gems everywhere, you just have to keep your eyes open and look around. This space isn’t so much hidden as difficult to find but if you drive down the Bayview Extension and continue around and back up River Street toward Eastern Avenue you will see it as you go under the Gardiner Expressway.
Conceived as the first ever underpass playground in Canada, Underpass Park uses the unique location as a positive feature in the landscape design. Incorporating the pillars into the design and using the overpass as a weather shield designers Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg have created a welcoming community asset.
Right in the middle of what used to be a wasteland of concrete and industrial leftovers Underpass Park is part of the rejuvenation of the West Donlands and the waterfront.
The plaque reads:
“Welcome to Underpass Park. The first park built under an overpass in Toronto, Underpass Park opened in 2012 and transformed previously underused and derelict space into an urban neighbourhood amenity. The park features a number of spaces designed to encourage both active and passive recreation. The public artwork “Mirage” was created for the unique space and is comprised of mirrored octagonal stainless steel panels attached to the underside of the overpass to reflect light and movement.”
More information can be found at waterfronttoronto.ca