The City of Toronto has commissioned Jay Hoots, the most experienced bike park designer in North America, to design a new bike park that will run parallel to the north side of Lakeshore Boulevard between Colborne Lodge Road and Ellis Avenue in the western beaches.
The park has been designed to offer progressively difficult challenges and opportunities for off-road cycling skill building. It includes: a skills trail, pumptracks, a wide variety of jump lines and a large drop and wall ride. Amenities such as benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains and family areas have been planned to make the park an ideal destination for families and people who have yet to try off-road cycling.
This new bike park will address the lack of off-road cycling venues in the west end of the city. It is hoped that it will reduce or eliminate informal parks being created in ecologically sensitive areas in the High Park neighbourhood. This project is a concrete example of Parks, Forestry and Recreation's work with the off-road cycling community to protect the natural environment and trails system.
Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff will work with all stakeholders to develop a detailed design package for construction which is scheduled for summer 2013. You can follow the progress on the Sunnyside Bike Park by visiting this page where updates will be posted as construction progresses.
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The Sunnyside Bike Park will be located at: 3 Ellis Avenue (Lakeshore and Ellis). Take the 501 Queen Street Car towards Long Branch and exit the street car at Queensway at Ellis Avenue Farside. Walk south on Ellis Avenue under the Gardiner Expressway. The park is on the east side of Ellis Ave.