Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with the City of Toronto, is undertaking bank stabilization and minor trail re-alignment works at two sites (Site 1 and Site 2) in the north end of West Deane Park. The purpose of these works will be to protect the multi-use trail and municipal infrastructure from the erosive forces of Mimico Creek.
Erosion issues have been a concern at Site 1 for some time, especially since the west edge of the multi-use trail washed into Mimico Creek (see Figure 1). In February 2016, the City of Toronto contacted TRCA to help address the issues at Site 1 as well as find a short-term solution from bank erosion at Site 2 (Figure 2) caused by the eastward migration of the watercourse.
Scope of Work
Work will begin at Site 1 with the construction of the bank stabilization measures involving the installation of large to medium sized stones and dormant brush layers in the area of the erosion. Following the bank work, there will be minor trail re-alignment to the east and the installation of a post-and-paddle fence along the top of bank. Once completed, work will begin at Site 2.
Site 2 is located approximately 200 metres south of Site 1 where currently there is a bench and birch trees.
Because the watercourse continues to migrate to the east, the trail will be re-aligned further away from the top of bank in this area.
Paving and Restoration:
During favourable weather in the spring of 2017, the new trails at Site 1 and Site 2 will be paved. As well, shrubs will be planted along the top of bank at both sites to compensate for the necessary tree removals and so as to provide additional stability to the soil.
Please obey all posted construction signage and stay clear of work areas and equipment.
The multi-use trail between Eglinton Avenue West and north of the playground off of Antioch Drive will be closed for the duration of work, which is anticipated to last 4-5 months (see Figure 3). Access to/from Antioch Drive to the multi-use trail south of the work area will be kept open. The parking lot off Antioch Drive remains closed and will be used for construction activities.
Project information signage has been erected throughout West Deane Park and notices, like the one found at the link below, have been delivered to a number of properties adjacent to the work area.
For more information about this project, please contact Sarah Gates, Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-392-9690.
Week of January 30, 2017
All fencing and erosion and sediment control measures have been erected and installed. The trees that were cleared through the Ravine and Natural Feature permitting process have been removed to accommodate construction activities and the alignment of the new trail at Site 1.
Metre bags that will be used for in-water isolation measures are being filled in the parking lot and will be placed in the watercourse early next week.
Week of January 23, 2017
Site set-up is currently underway and includes the installation of 6 foot high construction fencing to isolate the work area and erosion and sediment control measures.