Humber Bay Shores Park – Trail Improvements
Trails through Humber Bay Shores Park are being improved in two phases. Progress updates are posted under Project Timelines
There are two phases to this project.
Phase One is complete and included improvements at Palace Pier and Humber Bay Park East Entrance.
Phase Two improvements will include:
- New asphalt multi-use trail
- New pedestrian pathway
- New paved buffer zone between the multi-use trail and pedestrian pathway
- Removal of selective pathways at the Butterfly/Home Garden to improve safety
- New bench seating, seat walls, small plaza areas and tree plantings at key trail intersections
- Regulatory signage and pavement markings
These improvements will extend between the two areas that were completed in Phase One. Trail closures are expected. Detour signs will be posted in the park See the detour map for more information.
- The Green P Parking Lot at the corner of Marine Parade Drive and Waterfront Drive is closed during construction. Alternate parking options include:
- On-street Green P Parking will still be available along Marine Parade Drive.
- Parking Lots in Humber Bay Park East and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park
- The existing multiuse trail is closed between the Humber Bay Park East Entrance and the new plaza at Palace Pier.
- Access to the park is provided at both ends of the construction zone via the shared use path for both pedestrians and cyclists. An alternate access point is provided at The Marginal Boulevard on evenings and weekends only.
- An accessible route for pedestrians or mobility device users is identified on the detour map, using sidewalks along adjacent streets.
- Additional detour options for cyclists including bike lanes, sharrows, and on-street routes – are also identified on the detour map.
To ensure public safety and to expedite project delivery, the Contractor plans to have multiple crews on-site working in parallel to complete complementary work. For this reason, continuous through-access through the work zone is not possible.
Phase One is completed.
Phase Two started in late May 2019.
Anticipated Completion: Late Summer 2019
Trail improvements will extend from Palace Pier to Humber Bay Park East Entrance.
The public information event presented the preferred design to more than 40 residents that attended. Details of the preferred design are included in the Display Panels.
The public consultation event showcased two proposed alternatives for upgrades of the trail system; Options A and B as well as on-street cycling infrastructure upgrades along Marine Parade Drive and Waterfront Drive. Important improvements to the trail included safety and sight lines, changes to trail width and alignment, changes in trail materials, improvements to seating and views to the lake as well as an evaluation of existing lighting. Over 85 residents and local association representatives participated
Display panels from the event:
Summary of the public event and feedback provided:
Staff presented information materials about three projects:
- Humber Bay Shores Park
- Stanley Ave. Contra-flow Bicycle Lane
- Waterfront Trail Connection on Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Over 70 participants attended the event, asked questions, discussed opinions and provided many insightful comments and suggestions. Below are the information materials from the event.
- Humber Bay Shores Park: Trails Existing Conditions – Display Panels
- Humber Bay Shores Park: On-street Cycling Connections (Marine Parade Dr. & Waterfront Dr.) – Display Panels
- Stanley Ave. Contra-flow Bicycle Lane and Waterfront Trail Connection on Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Summary of the comments received:
Other Projects in the Area
Palace Pier Natural Trail
In April 2018, the Toronto region experienced a severe storm which resulted in significant damage to many areas across the Toronto Waterfront. The headland at the base of Palace Pier Court experienced a large amount of damage to the new natural trail along the waterfront.
The Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA) will repair the headland and further protect against shoreline erosion while addressing public safety concerns. When this is completed, the TRCA will also reopen the natural trail. This work is coordinated with the City of Toronto and other projects in the area.
Fencing will remain for public safety and to restrict access to the damaged area until the required assessments, design and approvals are complete.
Shoreline Protection Project – Progress Update: June 5, 2019
Contract Award: In progress
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2019
Anticipated Start: Late 2019
Completion: Early 2020