University of Toronto Scarborough (Area B) – Bank Stabilization Project

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is undertaking bank stabilization work along the north bank of Highland Creek within Morningside Park, east of Morningside Avenue.

This work includes closure of a failing asphalt trail as well as installation of an armourstone retaining wall and vegetated rock buttress to protect public safety and parkland from the risk of erosion.

Project Location

The project is located east of Morningside Avenue within Morningside Park, in the City of Toronto. The work area is south of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus along the paved asphalt trail that runs next to Highland Creek. This trail maintains an important Pan Am Trail connection.

University of Toronto Scarborough Area B Bank Stabilization project location map showing construction access route and work area
Figure 1. Project Location showing construction access route and work area.

Learn More About the Project

Project Background

TRCA prioritized this project due to Highland Creek eroding the north river bank beside the asphalt trail. Ongoing bank erosion resulted in failure of the trail and an increased risk to the newly constructed trail boardwalk.

Without any protection measures in place, Highland Creek will continue to erode the river bank and further damage the trail and surrounding parkland. The proposed design will provide long-term bank stability and protect the newly constructed trail boardwalk.

Crumbling asphalt trail within project area beside Highland Creek
Figure 2. Project work area with failing asphalt trail beside Highland Creek.
Crumbling asphalt trail facing upstream within work area
Figure 3. Failing asphalt trail within project work area.

Scope of Work

Long Term River Bank Erosion and Trail Protection: The proposed design includes the following:

  • Armourstone retaining wall (250 metres) along the north river bank to prevent future erosion of the river bank
  • Vegetated rock buttress to provide further protection and vegetation
  • Repair of the existing asphalt trail leading to and from the newly constructed boardwalk

Construction Information

Construction began in Autumn 2021 and is expected to last until Autumn 2022. Final restoration/plantings is also expected to occur in Autumn 2022. Trail closures will be in effect for the duration of this project.

Public Notices

Notice of Construction:

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is planning on undertaking bank stabilization work along the north bank of Highland Creek, within Morningside Park, east of Morningside Avenue.

The work includes decommissioning the failing asphalt trail as well as the installation of an armourstone retaining wall and vegetated rock buttress to protect public safety and parkland from the risk of erosion.

The project is located approximately 500 metres east of the Morningside Park Parking Lot. For your safety, please respect all posted construction signage and say clear of the work area and equipment.

Construction Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 5:00pm

CLOSURE: The trail leading from the Morningside Park Parking Lot will be closed to pedestrian access for the duration of the project to protect public safety from construction activity and the risk of trail erosion.

Construction Hazards: There may be temporary construction related dust/noise during work hours

Restoration: Post-construction restoration (tree and shrub planting) is planned for Autumn 2022, depending on weather conditions

Trail Detour: A map of trail detour routes bypassing the closure can seen by clicking the following link: Proposed Trail Detour Route Map

We thank you for your continued cooperation and patience throughout the duration of this project.

Project Updates

Spring/Summer 2022: In-water works within Highland Creek is continuing; project expected to be complete in Autumn 2022

Winter 2022: In-water works within Highland Creek is continuing; construction of the armourstone wall has commenced.

Winter 2021/2022: Construction was temporarily halted from December 24th, 2021 to January 9th, 2022. Trail closures remain in effect.

Fall 2021: Construction has begun at the project site. Trail closures will be in effect until project completion.

Summer 2021: Project team is in the process of obtaining final permits and approvals.

Contact Us

For more information about this project, please contact:

Divya Sasi, Project Manager
Erosion Risk Management
Restoration & Infrastructure
divya.sasi@trca.ca
(647) 426-4497