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Spring Construction Update

June 7, 2021

PHASE 2

Spring is here, and for the first time Phase 2 (Wigmore Park to Wynford Drive) of the East Don Trail can be explored in this beautiful season.

As the weather becomes more suitable for construction work, contracted staff are back on site to complete minor tasks, including:

  • Installation of gates (i.e., P-gates) at three locations along the multi-use trail, including Wigmore Park, the maintenance entrance off of Pitcairn Crescent, and at the planned switchback. These gates will prevent vehicle access and will not obstruct trail users.
  • Laying down coloured and textured asphalt at a few nodes, including close to Wigmore Park.
  • Topsoil, seeding, and restoration of minor areas as required.
  • Installation of signposts, signs, waste collection containers, etc.

sections of coloured and textured asphalt at a key node of the East Don Trail
Coloured and textured asphalt strategically implemented at resting nodes, steep grades, forks in the trail, and at trail intersections.

drawing of P-gate designs to be implemented on the East Don Trail
Two types of P-gate designs planned for Phase 2.

One of the recent works completed included paving the maintenance access off of Pitcairn Crescent in order to provide better access for maintenance vehicles while reducing dust and mud from tracking onto Pitcairn Crescent and the East Don Trail.

If you are using the multi-use trail, please be aware that construction vehicles and staff will be accessing these areas. Some areas will require temporary fencing and will be cordoned off during this work.

Users are asked to adhere to directions from site staff and to exercise caution while using the trail during these periods.

PHASE 1

The project team is working closely with the City of Toronto and contracted consultants to undertake the detailed design of the proposed tunnel (Metrolinx 1 – Tunnel) and pedestrian bridge (Metrolinx 2 – Bridge) over the Metrolinx rail line, and have submitted the 60% design to Metrolinx and AECOM for review and approval.

Once the 100% detailed design package has been completed, reviewed, and approved, tendering will commence with construction tentatively scheduled for Spring 2022, pending receipt of permits and approvals.

The completion of the bridge and tunnel construction will kick off the remaining construction works from Taylor Creek Park in the south and Bermondsey Road in the north.

Completion of Phase 1 is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2022, with installation of railings, final paving, signage, resting nodes, and site restoration to follow bridge/tunnel construction.

Phase 1 (Lower Don Trail to Bermondsey Road) of the East Don Trail will feature five bridge crossings over the beautiful East Don River.

For the safety of the public during construction, temporary fencing and signage have been installed on the bridges. We appreciate the public’s desire to access this area but would like to remind users that this area is still under construction and is not open to the public.

There has been notable vandalism to the fencing, resulting in unsafe conditions and trespassing on private lands as well as the Metrolinx rail crossing. We would appreciate users adhering to signage in the interim, as we work towards completing the remaining sections of multi-use trail.

temporary fencing installed during construction of the East Don Trail phase 1
Temporary fencing installed on bridges along Phase 1 in response to increased trespassing on active construction sites.


Phase 1 Construction Update

December 15, 2020

November was a celebration month for the East Don Trail team, as we hit a milestone with the completion of Phase 2. Although minor works are underway for this segment (including site furnishing and installation of railings), public access to the multi-use trail was opened on November 5.

While we were approaching the completion of Phase 2, the construction team was also continuing to work diligently on portions of Phase 1 to ensure we stay on schedule.

Since the last project update, Phase 1 has significantly advanced. Four out of the five temporary bridges have been dismantled and shipped off-site. It can take up to a full week to dismantle one temporary bridge, and takes three trailers to move it off-site.

temporary East Don Trail bridge being transported off-site by a tractor trailer
Temporary bridge being transported off-site.

Installation and decking have been completed for the five planned permanent bridges. Other works, including fencing and grading at bridge ramps, still remain.

A contract has been issued to retain a consulting engineering firm to complete detailed design, including permits and approvals, for the future tunnel and bridge over the Metrolinx rail line. Construction for this piece is planned to commence in fall 2021, pending receipt of permits and approvals.

Similar to Phase 2, Phase 1 will also feature an elevated boardwalk connecting two bridges. The fundamental infrastructure is in place, with metal decking and fencing underway.

metal decking on a portion of the East Don Trail
Metal decking on boardwalk.

In order to construct the planned-multi use trail, construction areas were cleared to allow for the access of large vehicles and equipment. These cleared areas are now being restored in sections of Phase 1 where the trail has been paved or completed.

Restoration work includes topsoil placement and terraseeding, with plantings to be completed in 2021.

Installation of the granular base from Taylor Creek to the future Metrolinx tunnel and Bermondsey Road to the future pedestrian crossing over the Metrolinx rail line has been completed.

Final paving has been completed from the north side of bridge 3 (view map) to the west end of the future pedestrian bridge over the Metrolinx rail line, adjacent to Flemingdon Park Golf Club.

construction staff terraseeding a portion of the Eatst Don Trail
Metric construction staff terraseeding.

There are a few items that are to be completed by the end of this year for Phase 1 including:

  1. Installation of railings on the boardwalk between bridges 2 and 3 (view map), including resting nodes and benches which are located between the future Metrolinx rail line crossings
  2. Commenced design for the future tunnel and bridge over the Metrolinx rail line

The completion of Phase 1 is planned for the end of 2021. This end date is conditional on completion of design, tendering, and construction of the proposed tunnel and pedestrian bridge over the Metrolinx rail line.

 


 

Phase 2 of the East Don Trail is Now Open

November 5, 2020

We are happy to announce the much-anticipated opening of Phase 2 of the East Don Trail project.

Minor works such as site furnishing and railings are ongoing. For your safety these areas will be temporarily cordoned off, and we request that users adhere to safety fencing, signage, and directions from the contractor’s personnel pending completion of these works.

This phase is one of three trail segments of the East Don Trail project, and the first to be completed. It stretches east-west, extending almost 2 kilometres from Wigmore Park to the existing East Don Trail, north of the Wynford Heights Crescent entry point.

a bridge on the completed East Don Trail phase two spans the East Don River

When all phases are complete, it will provide a key north-south transportation route, reaching Lake Ontario. It will be part of a greater trail network connecting to the future Meadoway, Lower Don Trail, and existing East Don Trail.

Dignitaries from the City of Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), and members of the public joined in celebration of the opening of Phase 2.

“At a time where access to greenspace is so critical, I am excited to be here to celebrate the opening of a new section of the East Don Trail,” said Denzil-Minnan Wong, City of Toronto Councillor for Don Valley East – Ward 16.

The East Don Trail welcomes all non-motorized activities, including walking, running, rollerblading, cycling, or meditating.

Along the Phase 2 multi-use trail, you will see breathtaking views of the East Don River. The trail, which intertwines with the Metrolinx rail corridor, allows a close-up view of a forested ecosystem.

trees displaying fall colours line a portion of the completed East Don Trail phase two

You may also spot wildlife, including several species of birds and mammals, and some amphibians and reptiles.

“With the Eglinton Crosstown, and new condos and apartments, we should remain mindful of how important it is to preserve our beautiful and functional midtown ravines,” said local community member Tanya Hostler.

The East Don Trail is unique for its series of bridges crossing the ravine, one of which stretches 60 metres over a portion of the East Don River. An elevated boardwalk is another feature along the trail that connects two of the bridges.

an elevated boardwalk connects two bridges along a portion of the completed East Don Trail phase two

Curious to see the completed Phase 2? TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR!

(If you want to see the full extension of the trail, stay tuned for a virtual bike tour — coming soon!)

Interested in exploring Phase 2 of the East Don Trail? There are two main access points: Elvaston Drive from the east, through Wigmore Park, and Wynford Heights Crescent from the west, as well as the existing East Don Trail from the north.

Please practice social distancing when on the trail!

Select the image below to view the full-sized trail map.

map of East Don Trail phase two

Phase 2 of the East Don Trail could not have become a reality
without TRCA’s partnership with the City of Toronto.

 


 

Trespassing Activity Through Active Construction Site and Rail Corridor

August 7, 2020

Recently, there has been a notable amount of pedestrian and cycling traffic on the active construction sites of the East Don Trail.

Specifically, there have been acts of trespassing in Phase 1 adjacent to the rail corridor, where the future East Don Trail tunnel will pass under the Metrolinx rail line.

View looking south of trail connection to future tunnel under Metrolinx rail line which will connect to the Lower Don trail at Taylor Creek Park
View looking south of trail connection to future tunnel under Metrolinx rail line which will connect to the Lower Don trail at Taylor Creek Park.

Unauthorized persons are not to enter the active construction sites as there are numerous hazards to public safety.

Heavy equipment operations and open excavations make this a high-risk area for trips and falls. Please adhere to perimeter fencing and signage posted along the active construction sites throughout the duration of ongoing construction activities.

perimeter fencing and warning signage posted at East Don Trail active construction area
Please do not enter active construction zones.

Pedestrians have been using and creating unofficial paths that lead to the construction zone as well as crossing over the active Metrolinx railway. Please adhere to posted signs and perimeter fencing during ongoing construction activities.

 


 

New Construction Timeline and Update

July 20, 2020*

We are pleased to let you know that Phase 2 of the East Don Trail is targeted to be complete by sometime in October 2020. Timelines can be affected by weather conditions and/or fabrication, delivery, and installation of railings.

Phase 1 is expected to be complete by the end of 2021, pending design, tendering, and construction of the proposed tunnel and pedestrian bridge over the Metrolinx rail line.

The trail will be open to the public as soon as each respective phase is complete. Check this page for updates to announce the opening of each trail segment. If further delays occur, new timelines will be reflected on our FAQ page and/or another project update. Until the opening, it will remain an active construction site and is closed to the public for safety reasons.

The East Don Trail is listed as a short-term priority for the City of Toronto in its Cycling Network Plan Update 2019. It remains a priority project for Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), as it is a key piece in connecting several existing trails.

TRCA construction staff have worked tirelessly through the winter and spring of 2020 and into the summer. Our team takes pride in its many accomplishments.

PHASE 1

To date, a total of five temporary bridges and two permanent bridges have been installed, including a temporary construction crossing over the Metrolinx rail line, along with bank stabilization and granular base for the entire length of trail.

Bank stabilization and erosion protection measures have also been implemented along segments of the East Don River that run along the trail and where bridges have been installed.

Construction of the future tunnel and bridge over the Metrolinx rail line is tentatively scheduled for implementation in spring/summer 2021, pending completion of detailed design and receipt of permits and approvals.

Final paving, signage, line painting, and site restoration of remaining sections of trail will be completed immediately following construction of the tunnel and bridge, with opening of the trail to be public to follow.

Use arrow buttons to cycle through the image gallery. Select Read Now for full-screen view.

PHASE 2

A major accomplishment for Phase 2 was the installations of three permanent bridges, including a new boardwalk connection between two of the bridges, with the addition of railings and bridge ramps.

Phase 2 work will also be focused on creating a portion of the trail which includes an armourstone switchback, with final paving, restoration, and signage scheduled for early summer, in preparation for opening of the trail in August 2020.

Railings for boardwalks, bridge approach ramps, and trail are scheduled to be installed in late July and August 2020, pending completion of fabrication, with line painting and signage to follow.

Restoration work, including topsoiling and seeding, is underway in Phase 2 in preparation for opening of the trail to the public in August.

Use arrow buttons to cycle through the image gallery. Select Read Now for full-screen view.

*Post updated October 1, 2020 to reflect revised timelines.

 


 

East Don Trail Closure at Wynford Drive

May 19, 2020

The existing East Don Trail at Wynford Drive will temporarily be closed this week from Tuesday May 19 to Friday May 22.

The closure will be required to facilitate the construction for Phase 2 of the East Don Trail project.

Please see the map below for areas of closure. LEARN MORE.

map showing location of East Don Trail closure at Wynford Drive

 


 

Closure of Coxwell Ravine Parking Lot

April 17, 2020

As of April 3, motor vehicle access to the Taylor Creek Trail from Don Mills Road leading to the Coxwell Ravine Parking Lot and West Don Parking lot has been temporarily closed (see documents below for a detailed map).

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain open.

The Coxwell Ravine Parking Lot is currently occupied as a work site by contractors for the City of Toronto’s Coxwell Bypass Tunnel project. Recent closure of the West Don Parking lot has resulted in access to the work site being obstructed by public vehicles parking along the main park roadway. Vehicles parked in this location will now receive a flyer of this notice on their windshield, and owners may have their vehicles towed.

If your car has been towed, please call the Toronto Police Non-Emergency phone number: (416) 808-2222.

Please see the Parking Restriction Flyer and the Construction Notice for the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel project for further details. These documents can also be found in our Document Library.

We thank you for your understanding and patience during these challenging times.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email our project team at EastDonTrail@trca.ca, or contact Tatiana Chiesa, the construction project manager for the City of Toronto, at Tatiana.Chiesa@toronto.ca.

 


 

Construction Timelines Update: Phase 2

December 20, 2019
We are now in the midst of winter, and construction for the East Don Trail continues. TRCA staff and their contractor (Metric Contracting Services) have been working hard and have progressed significantly since the last construction update.

There have been three permanent bridges installed, bank stabilization works, completion of paving and drainage improvements in Wigmore Park, and grading and granular preparation for future paving throughout the remaining portion of the trail.

Unfortunately, additional work and unforeseeable delays have changed the timelines for Phase 2. Construction of Phase 2 will be now completed in Spring 2020. The delay in completion is attributed to refinements of the trail design to further reduce tree removals and excavation, completion of studies associated with permitting requirements (i.e. geotechnical studies), pending permits from stakeholders, and a proposed Metrolinx bridge rehabilitation plan.

Phase 2 is anticipated to be available for public use in Spring 2020 pending suitable weather and site conditions for final paving and restoration.

Construction Updates for both Phase I and II will be posted in the Document Library and will reflect the new estimated timelines, although end dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions and pending approvals.

For more information on project details and timelines, please visit the FAQ page or e-mail us at eastdontrail@trca.ca.

 


 

The Meadoway to connect with the East Don Trail

October 28, 2019

aerial view of Gatineau hydro corridor
Photo: Future Landscapes

There’s exciting news for the future East Don Trail. A new ground-breaking initiative for the City of Toronto will connect directly with the trail at Bermondsey Rd.

Once complete, The Meadoway will be one of the country’s largest urban linear greenspaces. It will stitch together several fragmented pieces of trail to form a 16 km continuous multi-use path following the Gatineau hydro corridor east, all the way to the Rouge National Urban Park by the Toronto Zoo. It will become a much-needed east-west route as the majority of Toronto’s trail system runs north-south.

Phase 1 of the East Don Trail will provide the perfect connection from the south to this new space. Sections of meadow have already been planted as The Meadoway begins to take shape.

This green corridor promises to change the way we move in our city and will bring nature closer to the urban core. To find out more, visit themeadoway.ca.

 


 

Updated Construction Notices: Phase 1 And Phase 2

September 27, 2019
Updated construction notices for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the East Don Trail project are now available in the Document Library section of this website. Please refer to these notices for any information about the construction works completed to date as well as upcoming work.

In addition to these updates, a new EDT Factsheet is available in the Document Library to address recent questions. As always, you can submit a question on our Q&A page and a project team member will be happy to provide an answer.

 


 

Building Bridges

September 27, 2019

On September 25 and 26, the longest bridge on the East Don Trail (a total of 60m) was put in place.

These photos show the positioning of a 40m and a 20m section being spliced together in mid-air over the East Don River!

This bridge is one of three bridges that cross over the East Don River in Phase 2 of the project. Phase 2 trail work will connect the existing East Don Trail at Wynford Heights in the West to Wigmore Park in the East.

construction of bridge over East Don River
Crews splice together two sections of bridge while suspended over the East Don River.
bridge over East Don River
The 60m bridge is put in place over the East Don River.

Bridge decking will be installed shortly with final paving and restoration to be completed for Phase 2 of the East Don trail by the end of 2019.

 


 

Construction Over The Summer Months

August 7, 2019

Construction of the East Don Trail has continued as planned throughout the summer months.

PHASE 1

These photos show progress of the Helical pile, forming, rebar and concrete installation on the north and south foundations/abutments of permanent bridge # 1 over the East Don River.

construction work on bridge over East Don River

construction work on bridge over East Don River

This photo shows the armourstone wall construction within the portion of trail constructed within the existing hydro corridor on the west side of Bermondsey Road.

construction of armourstone wall

A granular base for future trail along East Don River towards future bridge #1.

granular base for future trail along East Don River

PHASE 2

These photos show new trail construction from Pitcairn Crescent to the future switchback and from bridge 8 to bridge 9 where the trail will connect with the existing East Don trail at Wynford Heights Crescent.

new trail construction

new trail construction

Construction on the trail connection for the portion through Wigmore Park to Elvaston Drive will be commencing this week.

 


 

Updated Construction Notice: West Don Parking Lot Improvement Project

June 10, 2019

An updated construction notice for the West Don Parking Lot Improvement Project is now available in the HERE.

Please refer to this notice for any information about the construction works completed to date as well as upcoming work for Spring 2019.

 


 

Updated Construction Notices: Phase 1 And Phase 2

May 16, 2019

Updated construction notices for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the East Don Trail project are now available.

Please refer to these notices for any information about the construction works completed to date as well as upcoming work for Spring 2019.

 


 

EDT Pop-Up Booth At Ravine Day Celebration, Sunday May 12 At Evergreen Brick Works

May 7, 2019

2019 Ravine Day banner

Join representatives from the East Don Trail project as well as The Meadoway at the Ravine Day Celebration hosted at Evergreen Brick Works to learn about these ongoing trail development projects.

Visit us to learn about what new areas you will be able to access once these projects are completed, and how you can stay up-to-date on developments during the construction phase. Get more information about the event HERE. Hope to see you there!

 


 

Tree Planting And Stewardship Activities

March 11, 2019

As the snow begins to melt, that means the tree planting and stewardship season is just around the corner!

Last year, City of Toronto Forestry engaged with 3800 volunteers to plant over 15,000 trees and shrubs city-wide. In the East Don Valley area alone, volunteers planted more than 1000 woody and herbaceous plants.

Volunteers at our Milne Hollow Community Stewardship Program site, near Lawrence Ave and the Don Valley Parkway, also helped to managed invasive species such as garlic mustard, buckthorn, and phragmites.

volunteers at East Don Valley stewardship event
Community Stewardship Program volunteers planting at Milne Hollow restoration site. Photo: City of Toronto

Milne Hollow is one of seven Community Stewardship Program sites in the city where volunteers meet weekly from May to September to engage in restoration and stewardship activities.

The City also hosts public weekend drop-in planting events in the spring and fall, partnering with local community groups and schools. We hope you will join us this year to help make the city greener!

volunteers at East Don Valley stewardship event
Students from Gateway Public School in the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood planting to green their own school grounds. Photo: City of Toronto

To find out how to get involved visit toronto.ca/greentoronto or email greentoronto@toronto.ca.

 


 

Sneak Peek: Permanent Bridge Connecting Phase 2 To Existing East Don Trail

February 11, 2019

Here is a sneak peek of one of the permanent bridges that will be part of the new East Don Trail extension! This bridge will be located at the connection with the existing East Don Trail at Wynford Heights, at the west limit of Phase 2. VIEW MAP.

new bridge for East Don Trail
Permanent bridge for East Don Trail project. Photo: Metric Contracting Services, February 2019

The steel decking will be installed once the bridge is on site. TRCA and City of Toronto are working with Metric Contracting Services for construction of the East Don Trail project.

 


 

Construction Continues Despite Cold Snap

February 4, 2019

Despite the recent cold snap, construction on the East Don Trail project continues to move forward.

Along Phase 1 (view Phase 1 Map), the crew has completed construction of a temporary watertight cofferdam to allow for the building of a new armourstone wall which will protect the section of the trail passing below the DVP from erosion. Tree clearing continues along Phase 1, with continued care to minimize removal of larger trees (view the Factsheet on Tree Removal for more info).

East Don Trail construction work
Building the new armourstone wall (Phase 1).
East Don Trail excavation work under the Don Valley Parkway
Excavating under the DVP (Phase 1).

Along Phase 2 (view Phase 2 Map), the majority of tree removal is completed. Construction and silt fences have been erected along the construction site along the trail alignment. Sediment fences are used on construction sides to protect water quality in nearby streams from loose soil being transported by stormwater runoff.

silt fencing and silt socks
Silt fencing and silt socks (Phase 2).

 


 

Temporary Bridges Provide Construction Access

January 4, 2019

If you are familiar with the East Don River, you are likely aware of how steep the terrain is in the valley. This introduces accessibility challenges to heavy construction machinery required to build the new stretch of the East Don Trail.

A series of rented Modular Panel Bridge Systems are currently in place from the company Algonquin Bridge to help construction crews safely navigate stream crossings and to access hard-to-reach areas.

installation of temporary bridge
Photo: Algonquin Bridge.

These bridges are delivered and assembled on site.

The bridge that is directly adjacent to the Don Valley Parkway, close to the Taylor Creek Dog Park, was built and then lifted into place by a crane.

The second bridge that is currently in place close to the construction staging area at the bottom of the hill at Wynford Heights, was cantilever launched from one side of the stream crossing to the other. This means it was built and then projected horizontally across the East Don river, supported on one end only during the launch. The cantilever launch method allows for easier bridge construction and installation at difficult crossings.

construction crew installs temporary bridge
Photo: Algonquin Bridge.

Use of these rental bridges is key to the successful completion of the East Don Trail construction project.

The permanent bridges you will see along the new trail will look different than these temporary ones, but all play an important role in facilitating stream crossings in this steep ravine valley.

Also, did you know that the TRCA has used rental bridges from Algonquin Bridge for other projects in our watersheds? A bridge system from the company was also used to access banks of the Humber River for a bank stabilization project.

 


 

Coxwell Bypass Tunnel Construction At Coxwell Ravine Park

December 6, 2018
The Don River and Central Waterfront Wet Weather Flow System (DR&CW) project is an integrated system to manage rain and melted snow.

The project will keep combined sewer overflows out of the Lower Don River, Taylor-Massey Creek, and Inner Harbour by capturing water in the tunnel system, transporting it for treatment, and storing it during extreme rainstorms until system capacity is available and the water can be treated.

Once fully constructed, the project will include:

  • A 22km tunnel system, consisting of three integrated tunnels (Coxwell Bypass Tunnel, Taylor Massey Creek Tunnel, Inner Harbour West Tunnel)
  • 12 wet weather flow storage shafts along the tunnels
  • 27 connection points to the tunnels for stormwater and combined sewer overflow
  • Seven off-line storage tanks
  • Real Time Control (RTC) to regulate flows in the City’s sewer system

Starting in December 2018, one of 12 underground wet weather flow storage shafts will be built at Coxwell Ravine Park and is expected to be completed in December 2023.

You can view a more detailed construction notice for this project HERE.

Public parking will not be available in the Coxwell Ravine Parking Lot (adjacent to the Taylor Creek Dog Off-leash Area) for the duration of construction. Alternate parking is located at the West Don Trail Parking Lot.

The Taylor Creek Dog Park will remain open throughout the duration of construction.

map of Coxwell tunnel bypass project

Please note that this construction is not associated with construction activities involved with the East Don Trail Project.

If you have any questions about the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel or the Don and Central Waterfront Wet Weather Flow System please contact Robert H. Mayberry, Project Manager at Robert.Mayberry@toronto.ca.

 


 

East Don Trail Project – Construction Notice (Wigmore Park)

December 4, 2018
Construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the East Don Trail project commenced in September 2018.

To date, the access for construction of Phase 2 of the project has been located on the north side of Wynford Heights Crescent. As of Monday December 17, 2018, contractors will also be using the Phase 2 construction access located at the Wigmore Park entrance on the north side of Elvaston Drive.

The work will consist of site preparation, erosion and sediment control, perimeter fencing, and signage.

The existing paved trail into Wigmore Park from Elvaston Drive will remain open over the holidays and will be closed in the new year throughout the duration of construction activities. A temporary granular trail will be constructed on the east side of the entrance trail into Wigmore Park from Elvaston Drive to maintain public access.

View the detailed Phase 2 Construction Notice.

We thank you for your patience during construction activities. Please visit this page for regular updates on construction progress.

 


 

Tree Removal and Pruning

October 4, 2018
Construction on Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the East Don Trail has begun!

In the coming weeks, you may see arborists on site, pruning and removing trees as part of the project.

In the detailed design phase of the East Don Trail Project, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) prepared an arborist report. The purpose of this report was to review the potential impacts of all proposed site works upon trees within or close to the project area, and to outline recommended tree preservation measures in order to reduce impacts to as many healthy, native, mature trees as possible.

The summary of final tree removal numbers for the project can be found in the East Don Trail – Tree Removal Factsheet

All woody material resulting from the project’s tree removals will be re-purposed and used for other restoration projects such as Tommy Thompson Park, Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project, and TRCA habitat enhancement projects.

A compensation plan was developed to meet the requirements of the Ravine and Natural Feature Protection By-Law. A total of 5,861 tree replacements will be required for the East Don Trail Project. Out of this total, at least 640 will be planted as part of future community tree planting events.

To learn more and get involved with tree planting events you can subscribe to the TRCA Stewardship Newsletter or the City of Toronto Tree Planting and Stewardship Events Newsletter.