Thanks to two Toronto philanthropists, the dark and desolate 1.75 km strip of land under the Gardiner Expressway between Spadina and the CNE grounds will soon be revamped. With a donation of $25 Million, the land will be transformed into an inviting park area with walking and bike trails, gardens, skating, cultural events and even markets for the public to enjoy.
For those who live in the downtown area know that there is a distinct separation between the waterfront area and anything north of the Gardiner. This new park will hopefully eliminate this invisible barrier between the two areas and create a more harmonious neighbourhood. The surrounding neighbourhood are primarily made up of condo dwellers (CityPlace, Queens Quay, Liberty Village and Waterfront condos) so this added public space is a welcoming sight. As it stands, this strip of land is a waste of perfectly good usable downtown land and I look forward to seeing this project develop.
Construction is set to begin in 2016 with a completion date in 2017.
*photo taken from undergardiner.com