Underpass Park is an innovative example of the successful transformation of a previously derelict space. It is one of the largest parks in Canada to be built under an overpass, and the first of its kind in the City of Toronto. The Park is a unique urban community park that incorporates public art and innovative play opportunities.
The Park was designed to appeal to children and youth and includes a large playground, flexible community spaces, two basketball half courts, and an extensive skate park area. Opened in the spring of 2013, the park provides direct and active links between the new West Don Lands community and adjacent neighbourhoods.
A major public art piece entitled “Mirage” is designed by Paul Raff and mediates the impact of the overpass on the public realm and serves as a visual link between the north and south sides of the community.
The Planning Partnership collaborated with Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg in the evolution of the park’s design, construction documents, and contract administration.