In many cities, highways cut the city up, acting as barriers between neighbourhoods. They block off parkland and waterfront from easy pedestrian access. Urban highways aren’t going away any time soon, but cities are making strides to work around overpasses (or below, in this case).
Toronto just opened Underpass Park as part of an overall revitalization of Toronto’s Waterfront, and in preparation for Toronto’s hosting of the 2015 PanAm games. It includes a playground for children, basketball courts, and (I think best of all) a skate park. Development has yet to be completed around the park, leaving it sort of isolated for now. But it’s great to see the city taking innovative steps forward, and thinking about what will get people into this park – what will get people using this park. And I think the skate park is a great way to do that – and it’s a great sign we’ve stopped be so scared of skateboards in the city.