Unveiled in Summer 2012, Underpass Park is located under and around the Eastern, Richmond and Adelaide overpasses between Cherry St. and Bayview Ave. A big thank you to Waterfront Toronto for making this previously unused space into a unique play space. It’s Toronto’s first park built under an overpass and I must say, a very urban (without the sketch) spot for tots to teeter-totter, climb, hopscotch and swing.
Built to attract all ages, it also boasts two basketball half-courts, a skatepark with a series of obstacles, rails and ledges and a flexible open space that can be used for community events.
But wait – there will be more. Phase 2, the west side of St. Lawrence St., is under construction and scheduled to open later this year. It will add more green space with community gardens making up a significant part of the southwest side.
Getting there: Access is from River St., south of King St. On TTC, take the King or Queen streetcar then walk south along River St. We drove and found paid parking along King St and St. Lawrence St. (west of River St.)
Look up: Wandering through we noticed our reflections above. Turns out it is part of an art installation Mirage by Paul Raff Studios, which use reflectivity to draw people into and through the space.
Night swinging: Although we have yet to make an evening visit, it would be worth the trip. Waterfront Toronto put a huge emphasis on lighting to ensure the park is safe and inviting. Check out some cool photos of the park at night.
No bathrooms – you’ve been warned.
Yes, water fountains.
Pit stop en route to Corktown Common: go before this gem temporarily closes on Thanksgiving Weekend Monday.
Digger-watching: Loads of construction, so wee ones obsessed by big trucks are in luck.