Commuting during Pan Am Games
Starting today, temporary traffic changes are in place across the broader Toronto area for the TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. These changes include the requirement of at least three occupants in cars using the HOV/high-occupancy vehicle lanes including the DVP and the Gardiner, as well as some road closures and restrictions on turns and parking. Commuters are encouraged to adjust their commuting routines accordingly. Details and Smart Commute resources
Torch Relay arrives Saturday
Toronto will host the Pan Am Games Torch Relay from July 4 to 10. To celebrate, the City is holding free community celebrations at the Bloor Viaduct, Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, Albion Arena, Mel Lastman Square and Nathan Phillips Square. These family-friendly events will feature live music and other performers. Everyone is encouraged to attend the celebrations and watch the torch relay as it travels through the city.
PANAMANIA Live @ Nathan Phillips Square Starting July 10, PANAMANIA Live @ Nathan Phillips Square will welcome about 130 acts from across the Americas, host athlete victory celebrations and present nightly fireworks from July 10 to 26 and August 7 to 12. Programming runs from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 12:30 to 11 p.m. on weekends. In addition, video screens will feature live Games coverage and a live broadcast of the Pan Am Opening Ceremony, created by Cirque du Soleil, on July 10. The Parapan Am Closing Ceremony will be held on August 15.
PANAMANIA Live prep work on the square
Construction in preparation for the 23-day PANAMANIA Live festival on Nathan Phillips Square will begin June 30. New temporary installations will include two additional stages, an expanded permanent stage, information and ticket booths, a pop-up restaurant, video screens and interactive displays. Construction activity will take place until July 8. During the Games, the square will be full of activity, including sound checks and rehearsals starting at 10 a.m. daily.