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.
Photo: Gelareh Saadapajouh
All are welcome to celebrate the West Toronto Railpath (WTR) Park, learn about the diverse plants that grow along the path and to plant 500 milkweed plants – the main food source of the Monarch butterfly- in association with the David Suzuki Foundation/Homegrown National Park Project ‘Got Milkweed?‘ Campaign. We will gather at 9am under the Wallace Avenue/ Railpath access pedestrian bridge with remarks at 10am.
10am – Erika Richmond MLA from the office of Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, prime consultant on WTR Phase 1
10:20 – J. Scott MacIvor – PhD, Urban Ecologist – Bees in the City
10:40 – Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation/’Got Milkweed?’ campaign- The importance of milkweed in urban plantings.
11 am – Friends of WTR.
Also please check the family fun at the second instalment of “Buzz On The Bridge”, and while there add your thoughts to “Love Letters To The Junction Triangle Past Present and Future“. And as part of Bike Month participate in “Cargo Bikes and Kids”.
A great day on Railpath….see you there!
Raise public awareness for the Railpath as a Car~free, multi mobile corridor and biological diverse public park and get your hands dirty!
9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday June 6th 2015
All are welcome to celebrate the West Toronto Railpath Park, learn about the diverse plants that grow along the path and to plant milkweed- the main food source of the Monarch butterfly in association with the David Suzuki Foundation/Homegrown National Park Project ‘Got Milkweed’ Campaign.All we need are your hands to plant milkweed in a pre chosen site near the Ernest Ave. Railpath access. Explore the entire phase 1 stage of this unique linear park and learn more about the plans for the phase 2 Railpath extension.
These materials will be part of my intervention:
It would be great if participants can bring with them:
Here is a link to our 100 in 1 Day page. And check out the butterfly themed Buzz On The Bridge the same day.
Railpath expansion is in the last days of an environmental Assessment (EA) and barring any last minute snags the shovels will go in the ground in 2017! Yea! We had hoped that 2016 would be the year but the EA process has taken longer so it has pushed back the final design and tendering.
On October 22 the Province announced that cycling infrastructure would no longer be required to use the time consuming provincial environmental assessment process and would now be subject to a shorter review. This means that Railpath 2 has automatically moved to the final stage of public notice before an RFP for detailed drawings can tendered.
This is the City of Toronto EA page for the project. There is a slide show that can be opened to provide a great overview. One note, the most southerly part of the expansion shows a route from Abell Street south east that uses Sudbury Avenue. This was not the original preferred route and is not going to happen at this time. This remaining short stretch is going to be rethought, considering the original preferred route along the rail corridor, and other potential routes, in conjunction with locals and stakeholders. The idea is to think big and inventive and see how we can get people across King and into Liberty Village in a way that adds to the community and adds to the larger Railpath vision.
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West Toronto Railpath was featured as one of Toronto’s best design spots in a recent issue of Air Canada’s En Route Magazine