Underpass Park is one of Toronto’s most unique and exciting public spaces. It was formed using the unutilized space below the Eastern Avenue, Richmond Street, and Adelaide Street overpasses. It’s the largest of its kind in Canada, and was the first to pop up in our city. The idea for transforming this space into its own park was to make use of neglected urban space in Toronto and turn it into something useable, and valuable. Underpass Park includes a playground and other recreational space, but the most exciting part of the project is the amazing street art that is featured on the underpass columns.
After Waterfront Toronto held a contest in 2009, Paul Raff Studios was chosen to be the artist to transform the space. The project, titled “Mirage,” is not only beautiful and colourful, but it uses reflection to bounce light off of the art throughout the space. The entire project was launched in two phases, the first being completed in 2012 and the second in 2015.
If you haven’t been to the 2.5-acre space yet, we hope these shots entice you to do so: