The Martin Goodman Trail (MGT) is part of a larger network of over 300 km of trails within the City of Toronto.

The Unwin Avenue section of the MGT will fill in a missing link to complete a 20+ km trail along Toronto’s waterfront from the western to the eastern beaches.

This connection was identified in the Baselands Trail Master Plan in April, 2015, and as part of Toronto’s 2016 Ten Year Cycling Network Plan. This trail connection will provide a safe and accessible route for trail users.

Pending approvals, construction is estimated to take up to five months starting in early July, 2018. The work hours will be from Monday to Friday at 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The construction schedule will start at Leslie Street intersection and move west.

Toronto Waterfront Trail Network Map
Toronto Waterfront Trail Network Map
Toronto Trail Map at Unwin
Toronto Trail Map at Unwin

Trail Requirements

  • Length: 740 metres
  • Width: 4.1 metres
  • Buffer: 3.9 – 17.15 metres
  • Material: Asphalt Surface
  • Slope: 5% maximum (1 in 20)
Unwin Avenue Connection Martin Goodman Trail proposed alignment
Unwin Avenue Connection Martin Goodman Trail proposed alignment
Unwin Avenue Martin Goodman Trail Proposed Cross Section A-A
Unwin Avenue Martin Goodman Trail Proposed Cross Section A-A
Unwin Avenue Martin Goodman Trail Proposed Cross Section C-C
Unwin Avenue Martin Goodman Trail Proposed Cross Section C-C

Functional Considerations

  • Trail User Safety is addressed by moving the alignment south of Unwin Ave. into the Baselands, a minimum distance of 3.9 metres from the paved shoulder of Unwin Ave.
  • Trail design must adhere to Accessibility of Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) minimum standards
  • Trail design must follow Toronto Multi-use Trail Guidelines
  • Stormwater is addressed through raising the trail above existing grade, installing culverts where necessary and addition of bioswales

Environmental Considerations

  • Mature Cottonwood trees are avoided wherever possible
  • A barrier fence will be installed along the entire length of the trail to maintain Tommy Thompsons Park’s dog-free status and to deter trail users from establishing ad-hoc trails
  • Eco-passages will be spaced every 20 metres to allow for movement of wildlife
  • Disturbed areas will be restored following sustainable, natural landscape principles and best management practices
  • Habitat opportunities will be enhanced in disturbed areas, wherever possible
  • Bird nesting surveys will be completed prior to any implementation of construction works to ensure migratory bird breeding is not impacted

Trail Crossings and Amenities

  • Features include pavement markings, warning signs, vehicle stop signs and painted stop bars to identify how cyclists and pedestrians can safely cross the two driveways into the Tommy Thompson Park parking lot (Figure 1)
  • All features, signage and treatments will follow the City of Toronto Multi-Use Trail Guidelines (2015)
  • A permanent crossing similar to Figure 2 (left) will be located at the west driveway into the Tommy Thompson Parking lot
  • A resting node with benches will be located east of the crossing at Outer Harbour Marine Road (Figure 3)
  • Post and paddle fencing will provide a barrier along the south of the trail (Figure 4)
Figure 1 Proposed concept design of temporary and permanent trail crossings
Figure 1 Proposed concept design of temporary and permanent trail crossings

 

Figure 2 Example of asphalt treatment at Outer Harbour Marina Road and Unwin Avenue
Figure 2 Example of asphalt treatment at Outer Harbour Marina Road and Unwin Avenue
Figure 3 Example of similar resting area and benches
Figure 3 Example of similar resting area and benches
Figure 4 Example of type of barrier fence along south side of trail
Figure 4 Example of type of barrier fence along south side of trail

Construction Activities and Timelines

Pending approvals, construction is estimated to take up to five months starting in early July, 2018. The work hours will be from Monday to Friday at 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The construction schedule will start at Leslie Street intersection and move west.

The construction mobilization of materials and equipment will be stored in the Tommy Thompson Park parking lot with a secondary confined staging area near Outer Harbour Marina Road. Construction fencing will be in place to denote the work site and ensure public safety.

Construction Impacts and Mitigation

Minor, intermittent traffic disruptions are expected for the eastbound lane of Unwin Avenue in the form of a partial lane closure in localized sections as work near the road allowance is completed. Traffic control crew will be present when required.

Parking spaces at the Tommy Thompson Park parking lot will be reduced to store materials and equipment for the trail construction work.

There will not be any impact on pedestrian or cycling access to the park. Park users can continue to access the park from the southern terminus of Leslie Street.

The existing chainlink fence on the south side of Unwin Avenue will be removed once construction is complete.