Friends of the West Toronto Railpath is a community-based working group with the goal of assisting the City of Toronto design, finance and build a 6.5 kilometre linear park from Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood into the heart of the city.
Phase One of the project was officially opened in October 2009. This includes landscaping and a hard-surface path from Cariboo Ave to Dundas Street West.
Phase Two will extend the Railpath south and east towards downtown Toronto. Once completed, the Railpath will give more than 250,000 Toronto residents a sustainable transportation link with the downtown core.
The Railpath community group was initiated by a committee of West Toronto residents, cyclists, politicians, activists and environmentalists with the goal of assisting the City in the creation and stewardship of this multipurpose linear park. The Railpath idea had been discussed at resident’s association meetings in Toronto’s West End for years. In 2001, a group of members of the Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents’ Association (RMRA), got together, formed a partnership with the Community Bicycle Network and Evergreen, and began working actively towards making the project a reality.