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
Download the detour map.
Closures during construction
- The Green P Parking Lot at the corner of Marine Parade Drive and Waterfront Drive is closed during construction.
- The existing multiuse trail is closed between the Humber Bay Park East Entrance and the new plaza at Palace Pier.
Detours during construction
Through the park:
- Every day, enter the park on either the west end or the east end of the construction zone using the shared use path
- On evenings and weekends only, another entry point will be available at The Marginal Boulevard, when construction allows
On streets around the park:
- On-street (no bike lane) cycling:
- Lake Shore Boulevard West, from the Gardiner ramp to Marine Parade Boulevard
- Marine Parade Drive
- Palace Pier Court, from Lake Shore Boulevard West to Waterfront Drive
- Bike lanes/sharrows:
- Lake Shore Boulevard West, from Palace Pier Court to the Gardiner ramp
- Palace Pier Court, from Waterfront Drive to the southeast end
- Waterfront Drive
- An accessible route for pedestrians and mobility aid users exists on sidewalks along neighbouring streets
- On-street Green P Parking along Marine Parade Drive.
- Parking Lots in Humber Bay Park East and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park
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.
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, 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.
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.
Progress update: August 16, 2019
- Paving works are underway. Village Court and the Waterfront Drive Parking areas are 90% complete
- Trees have been planted
- Benches have been installed
- A new post and paddle fence has been installed
- Paving works in the west end of the park are being initiated and will include work around the Home Garden and the Humber Bay Shores Stormwater Management Pond.
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.
Progress Update: June 5, 2019
- Contract Award: In progress
- Anticipated Completion: Fall 2019
- Anticipated Start: Late 2019
- Completion: Early 2020
Humber Bay Shores Trail Maintenance Project
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with the City of Toronto, is undertaking minor maintenance works in Humber Bay Shores Park, near Sheldon Lookout, in order to repair a failed concrete section of the waterfront viewing node and address public safety concerns.