Our History

In early 2013, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam brought a group of professionals together to make Open Streets TO a reality. Since then this team - Councillor Wong-Tam, 8 80 Cities, Sports Focused Consulting, Senayah Design and CicTOvia - have been meeting and working behind the scenes to develop the Open Streets TO program.

2014

In August 2014, Open Streets TO was successfully launched with two program dates, attracting almost 50,000 participants to its Pilot Program.

2015

In 2015, the Open Streets TO program was held on two dates. The route grew to 6km in length and over 60,000 participants were seen over the summer.

2015

In 2015, the Open Streets TO program was held on two dates. The route grew to 6km in length and over 60,000 participants were seen over the summer.

2016

The 2016 Open Streets TO program was the largest to-date. The program included two dates and had a route of 10km that crossed the iconic Bloor St Viaduct.  Over 80,000 people participated.

2017

The 2017 program attracted the largest number of participants to date - over 100,000 (smiling and happy) people. The program also marked the first time 5,000 square feet of grass was laid down on Bloor, just east of Yonge - mass participation yoga class, anyone? The 2017 program also marked strong involvement from multiple City of Toronto Divisions, something we hope to build on into the future.

2018 & 2019

These were the most lively Open Streets programs we’ve ever hosted. More people, more programming and most importantly, the most smiles ever! We attracted over 120,000 happy participants per year and we’re proud of the unifying sweet spot Open Streets seems to have forged in our great city!

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