Space under the Gardiner Expressway is transforming for summer
Sunday May 27th, 2018
SPACE UNDER THE GARDINER EXPRESSWAY IS TRANSFORMING FOR SUMMER
Lisa Cumming, blogTO
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This summer, a section of the transformed underbelly of the Gardiner Expressway is slated to open for warm-weather use.
Programming is supposed to begin on June 8th, and there will be a Bentway Summer Bash at a date yet to be announced.
Newly released photos from The Bentway show the implementation of a wayfinding system using city numbers traditionally assigned for repair purposes.
Last year it was announced that, in the spring, the section of The Bentway that stretches to Strachan Avenue would open with a new building and outdoor stage with amphitheatre-like seating.
While numerous distinct spaces exist along The Bentway, the plan is to link them using a pedestrian path and implement roaming performances or workshops.
Sustainability is a top priority for the space: pavement systems are made of recycled materials and the garbage and recycle bins are made from 97% recycled milk jugs.
Coming this month as a part of Scotiabank's CONTACT Festival, Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton (Lakota Sioux) exhibits her installation, A Forest of Canoes, at The Bentway.
Earlier this month a call for proposals for the 2018 Community Incubation Program went out, asking interested parties to submit their ideas for what kind of programming they'd like to see happen at The Bentway during the summer months.
The space was made possible by a $25-million private family donation. The end goal is to completely transform the 1.75 kilometre stretch under the Gardiner into a vibrant gathering place.
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