The legacy of the Pan Am Games will forever change Corktown for the better. The development of the West Don Lands, and Corktown Common in particular, is a shining example of urban renewal done right that will benefit our community for generations.
But while the games are on, there will be an impact on life in Corktown. Here are five things to know so that you can plan ahead – and enjoy- the biggest sporting event to ever take place in Canada:
- Corktown’s population will swell by over 10,000 people when the Athlete’s Village opens just prior to the games.
- Corktown Common will become part of the Athlete’s Village and will be closed from from June 1 until some time after the games. Toronto 2015 organizers have promised to work to open the park as early as possible, likely in late August or early September.
- There will be road closures and traffic restrictions in and around Corktown during the games. These include Front Street between Trinity Street and Cherry Street from June 1 to August 30, Old Eastern Avenue between Eastern Avenue and Lawren Harris Square from April 2 to September 30, Cherry Street between between Front Street and Eastern Avenue from June 1 to September 30, and then between Lake Shore and Mill Street from June 15 to September 30
- The games will impact public transit. In our neighbourhood, the 172 Cherry Street bus route will be enhanced because it links the Athletes’ Village to the subway system and the downtown core. For more on the impact of the games on the TTC, click Pan Am Games and the TTC .
- The Distillery District will be open during the games and will be one of the hosts for Panamania, a 35-day arts and cultural festival designed to enrich the games experience. Be sure to join in the fun!
Keep checking the Corktown Residents and Business Association (CRBA) website for updates on the games’ impact on our neighbourhood. Become a CRBA member (it’s free!) and get the updates in your email inbox!