East Don Trail: Connecting trails, people and nature.
The City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) are constructing an exciting new multi-use trail to connect the existing East Don Trail, Gatineau Corridor Trail, and the Don Trail System.
Following an extensive public consultation and environmental assessment planning process, the final trail design is being completed with construction commencing in 2018.
THE EAST DON TRAIL WILL REDUCE BARRIERS AND CONNECT PEOPLE TO NATURE
The City has a responsibility to promote safety and minimize barriers to access. Legal and technical requirements have been defined by Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in order to make trails accessible for everyone where feasible. We have designed the trail to be as accessible as possible within the limits of feasibility and acceptable environmental impacts.
CONNECTIONS TO NATURE AND THE RAVINE SYSTEM REQUIRE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The East Don Trail is part of a broader ravine management plan to improve access and ecosystem protection. As many multi-use trails exist within sensitive natural environments, the design, construction, use and maintenance of these trails will minimize impacts and disruptions within the ravine system.
Every effort is made to comply with a host of guidelines, regulations and authorities having jurisdiction.
Why add another trail when this area already contains trails?
- Informal, user-created, natural surface trails have been created over many years from use.
- User-created trails can pose a hazard to public safety and potentially lead users to unsafe areas that are eroding.
- User-created trails can disturb sensitive habitats, spread invasive species and increase erosion. (See image at left.)
- Trails must be planned according to the City’s Natural Trails Strategy.
- Leaving the current informal trail network alone will not protect the environment.
One main trail in the East Don leaves a smaller environmental footprint than many user-created trails
The East Don Trail will be designed and constructed to often follow existing informal trails and the location of the water sewer line (underground pipe and manholes), with a portion of the trail being routed within the Gatineau Hydro Corridor.
By making use of these existing conditions, the trail will decrease the overall impact on the environment. The implementation of a formal trail system will manage the negative impacts on natural areas caused by overuse.
Tree removals will be followed by restoration
For every one tree that is removed for this project, three trees will be planted with a native species.
WHAT WILL THE EAST DON TRAIL MEAN FOR YOU?
- Enjoyment and connection to the natural environment and the Don River ravine.
- Safe and equitable access for a variety of trail users with differing abilities.
- Active transportation route which is off-road and non-motorized.
- Safety through trail design.
- Sense of community and local amenity for neighbouring residents.
- Physical activity and mental health benefits through hiking, walking, running, rollerblading, cycling or meditating.
- Early, frequent and responsive communication throughout design and construction period will include flyers to adjacent communities, e-mail blasts and webpage updates. Visit yoursay.ca/east-don-trail to stay informed.
- Community Liaison People accessible on a daily basis and in the field.
416.661.6600 x 5338