Yorkville benches

Yorkville just added some swanky new campfire benches

There’s something about a winter pandemic lockdown that makes us crave cozy, and the new campfire benches in the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood do not disappoint. The new benches set the scene for festive social distancing and come with various colour options.

The new Urban Campfire Benches are part of the holiday lighting scene that happens every December in the area. The Bloor-Yorkville BIA conceptualized the benches in conjunction with the Mulvey and Banani International team, which created the lighting for the CN Tower.

“The idea stemmed from needing improved lighting and seating, and we felt campfires were very Canadian,” says Briar de Lange, executive director of the Bloor-Yorkville BIA.

The benches are made from granite from Quebec and manufactured by Hauser in Kitchener. Not only do the benches offer a feeling of warmth and provide added seating, but each bench also has programmable lights with various colour options.

“The benches feature endless colour options that will be on theme for not only the holidays but each season in-between,” de Lange adds.

Now a permanent part of the area, the 60 beaches between Church Street and Avenue Road are here to stay. Visitors to the benches will have something else to look forward to as QR codes will be installed on each bench in December.

Finding one of those codes means having exclusive access to specialty menu items during the holiday season, which is one way that you can help support local restaurants. Participating restaurants include Bary Reyna, Cibo, Eataly, Amal, along with others.

“Holiday lighting throughout the neighbourhood is an annual tradition that the community looks forward to each year,” de Lange says. “The festive lighting and newly installed benches will further set the stage for the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood as a destination within the city and allow us to continue with annual traditions safety during these challenging times.”

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