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Railpath Expansion Update January 2016

West Toronto Railpath Extension

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

Notice of Completion

The City of Toronto has completed a study to determine a route for extending the West Toronto Railpath south from Dundas Street West, along the Kitchener GO rail corridor, to beyond Strachan Avenue and the planned Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle bridge. The recommended solution, as documented in the Environmental Study Report (ESR), will consist of a new multi-use trail. The trail will be aligned:

·         In the rail corridor under the Dundas Street bridge to Dufferin Street

·         On street and adjacent to the rail corridor from Dufferin Street to Abell Street

 There will be five new multi-use trail bridges as part of the recommended route including bridges over the Barrie GO rail corridor, Lansdowne Avenue, Brock Street, Dufferin Street and Queen Street West. 

 It should be noted that there is no recommendation for a route between Abell Street to the planned Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge. Given the lack of space within the rail corridor, technical issues and property impacts, more study and public consultation are needed to fully understand the impacts and opportunities for this section.

WestTorontoRailpathExtenstionNOC-flyer : Full details

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Wallace Plaza – Plans unveiled

Wallace Plaza Design

A wonderful improvement to the Wallace Ave Plaza is planned for 2016. Plans were unveiled at our Tree of Heaven celebration on the Railpath in November. Please see the attached PDF to learn what’s in store.

Tree of Heaven Celebration: Join us Tuesday November 17th

Tree Of Heaven_Poster

Join Councillor Ana Bailao and the Friends of the West Toronto Railpath as we celebrate the form, beauty and spirit of the Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven) and unveil the new design plans for the Wallace entrance to the Railpath, which includes more ring and posts, benches, trees, and a water fountain..

***Bring a warm drink and stories to share about your experiences enjoying time under the branches of this tree.

Building bike lanes in less time for less money

The Railpath Expansion process will immediately speed up for 2017 thanks to the just announced changes to the EA process for cycling infrastructure.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/10/22/bike-lanes-and-paths-easier-to-build-under-new-rules.html

Stewardship Tour – Railpath as Urban Habitat

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Many thanks to local naturalist Richard Aaron and our curious-minded group who came together July 29 to learn about the diverse urban ecology of the West Toronto Railpath park. Richard shared ethnobotanical tales, railpath history, wildlife facts and plant ID for more than 30 vines, perennials, shrubs, and trees that thrive in this dynamic landscape.

For more about Richard Aaron and his various hikes, workshops and talks throughout the GTA.
http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Nature-Study-Group/
http://natureknowledge.weebly.com/

Photo: Gelareh Saadapajouh

Officially Open!

It was a wet ribbon-cutting, but Phase One of the West Toronto Railpath Park was officially opened on Friday, October 30.
Railpath marker at Dupont Steps
Here are links to some recent press coverage:
Toronto Star
Metro News
The Villager
NOW Magazine

Now on to Phase Two!

West Toronto Railpath – Official Opening Ceremonies

Councillor Adam Giambrone invites you to the official opening of
the West Toronto Railpath Park on Friday, October 30, 2009. Councillor
Giambrone, the City of Toronto, and Friends of the West Toronto
Railpath are pleased to open the first 2.1 km of this exciting
recreational trail.

* Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
* Location: West Toronto Railpath entrance at Wallace Avenue (map: south of Dupont, west of Perth, north of Bloor).
* Time: 2:00 p.m. – Opening Remarks
* 2:15 p.m. – Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
* 2:20 p.m. – cyclists gathered ride the trail and enjoy the sculptures
* 2:25 p.m. – interested participants invited walk 2.1 km and explore the trail and sculptures
* RSVP: Toronto Protocol RSVP Line 416-392-7667