Pedestrians and cyclists of Toronto rejoice! The Garrison Crossing bridge, which has been in the works for 7 years, is finally opening at 10 a.m. today, connecting Trinity Bellwoods park with Fort York. Toronto's pedestrian bridge will be the first of its kind in Canada. 

Pedestrians and cyclists will now be able to walk from the north of Trinity Bellwoods Park to the south of Fort York using the Garrison Crossing bridge, CTV News Toronto reports. The bridge is meant to make commuting across the city easier for those who choose to do so by bike or foot. 

The project has had a very stop-and-go progression since talks started in the early 2000s about this stainless steel bridge. The vision of a bridge connecting Fort York and Trinity Bellwoods seemed like a distant reality at first, because the bids for the concept and design exceeded the budget. 

After years of obstacles and proposals, a plan was solidified. "In November 2015, the project team announced that the Dufferin Construction Company had been selected to design and build the Garrison Crossing," says their website.

In 2016, construction finally began after years of discussion, planning, and cancellations.  

The project is led by CreateTO (formerly Build Toronto), an organization formed in 2018 as the City of Toronto’s new real estate agency. However, CreateTO has been involved in this project since 2012, while they were known as Build Toronto.

Ever since the project has been announced, Torontonians have been anticipating the grand opening. 

Check out some of the pictures:

Now you never have to get stuck in traffic on the way to the park again. We are so excited about this!

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