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The City of Toronto is working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to study options for a multi-use trail system within the East Don Corridor between the north end of Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, the Lower Don Trail System, and Gatineau Corridor Trail (see map below).
Currently, there is a significant gap in the multi-use trail network within the East Don Corridor. The purpose of the East Don Trail Environmental Assessment Study is to determine a preferred trail route within this existing gap. This proposed trail will:
- Create a key connection route linking major trail systems;
- Provide a safe way for people to access the valley system;
- Provide a viable transportation route for cyclists; and
- Create outdoor recreational opportunities for a variety of users.
The study will follow a provincially mandated Environmental Assessment process. A Terms of Reference (also known as the "Framework" or "Work Plan") will first be created to guide the Environmental Assessment process.
Multi-use trails are facilities separated from the roadway and support a number of users - walkers, runners, cyclists, inline skaters, wheelchair users, people with baby strollers and people walking dogs.
During the summer of 2011, the City of Toronto conducted an audit of its existing major multi-use trail network to assess the viability of new trail connections. The findings were produced as the Bikeway Trails Implementation Plan which recommends 77 km of new bikeway trails to be added to the existing network. The plan was approved by City Council at its meeting on June 6, 2012. The East Don Trail is the largest and most complex multi-use trail project identified as a priority in this plan.
In May 2012, a feasibility study (summary posted below) was completed to assess the potential for a trail system through the East Don Corridor. The study determined that a trail was possible and identified potential trail alignment options and technical challenges. In order to determine the best trail route, further investigations and environmental studies were recommended.
The next step in this study will involve comprehensive planning and design as part of the Environmental Assessment process. Community feedback will be incorporated throughout this process.
The City and TRCA hosted a Public Open House to introduce nearby residents and interested people to the study. Details for this public event included:
Date: Wednesday February 13, 2013
Time: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Blessed John 23rd Catholic School, 175 Grenoble Drive (east of Don Mills Road)
People were invited to use sticky notes to identify where they access the East Don Corridor, how they use the area and what they notice while visiting. Click on the maps below to see what people said. The black dots signify access points. Click on the yellow tags to ready people's comments.
We are asking for your input to inform this study. Topics to discuss include:
- How and where you are utilizing the East Don valley lands
- Key areas of interest in the study area
- Challenges, opportunities and other concerns
- How we can engage the community and provide opportunities for participation
You are invited to learn more and to share your insights and opinions at any time.
For more information, please contact:
Public Consultation Unit
City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 19th Floor, 55 John St.
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
All submissions will be documented, reviewed by the project team and included in the project record. We regret that we cannot directly respond to every individual message received. A summary of comments and project team responses will be published at key stages of the study.
Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
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