Open Streets TO is the city’s largest free recreation program, unlike any other in Toronto or Canada. Open Streets opens the streets to people and closes them to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become “paved parks” where all Torontonians can come out to actively explore the city, improve their health, connect with one another and use our street infrastructure in a whole new way!

In August 2014 we launched this world-class program along 5 km of Bloor and Yonge streets. Open Streets connected our city's diverse neighbourhoods, from the Annex through Yorkville to St. Jamestown, and through Church-Wellesley to Downtown Yonge. Torontonians and visitors alike enjoyed the thrill of walking, biking and skating down the middle of these iconic streets, and stopped to connect with the flanking communities at six activity hubs - spaces for free, interactive programming led by the organizations and businesses that make those communities great. Senayah Design has the enviable job of directing the planning and coordination of these hubs, and we thoroughly enjoyed working with our community partners to make them a reality.

Check out the great coverage by CTV and the Toronto Star, and join us again on the streets next summer!

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Image credits, L to R: Wanda Wang, Larissa Kucharyshyn, St. Jamestown Arts