Under the Gardiner, We'll Be Falling in Love
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Under the Gardiner, We’ll Be Falling in Love

A new public space is coming to an underpass near you.

If you’ve found yourself singing “Under the Gardiner” to the tune of “Under the Boardwalk,” you’re not alone.

This morning, Mayor John Tory joined philanthropist Judy Matthews, Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell, Toronto City Councillors Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) and Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina), and Lai-King Hum, President of the CityPlace Residents Association, to announce an initiative temporarily called Project: Under Gardiner. Think NYC’s High Line, with a ground-level view.

The project is being made possible with a $25 million donation from Judy and Wil Matthews. It will involve the creation of more than four hectares of new public space and 1.75 kilometres of multi-use trail beneath that artery of public ambivalence that is the Gardiner Expressway, creating a waterfront walking link from Liberty Village to CityPlace. Naysayers might rest assured knowing the city-building clout behind the project: superstar planner Ken Greenberg is Under Gardiner’s head of design, and PUBLIC WORK’s Adam Nicklin and Marc Ryan are both on board to help flesh out the details.

The project is set to come to life in 2017. In the meantime, those interested in following the development can do so on Twitter.