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Project Update: Detailed Design – June 25, 2021

Detailed design works for the Scarborough Waterfront Project’s (SWP) West Segment were initiated in October 2020. The design will include:

  • Development of an at-grade multi-use trail along the east side of Brimley Road South, starting at Barkdene Hills and continuing into Bluffer’s Park
  • Expansion of the Bluffer’s Park and Meadowcliffe headlands
  • Extension of the Bluffer’s Park sand beach
  • Creation of a shoreline multi-use trail from Bluffer’s Park to Meadowcliffe (connecting to the SWP’s Central Segment)
map of Scarborough Waterfront Project west segement
Scarborough Waterfront Project West Segment. Select image above to view the full-sized map.

Since initiation of the detailed design phase in fall 2020, the focus to date has been the collection of necessary existing conditions data required to support refinement of the conceptual designs developed during the Environmental Assessment (EA) phase and further advance the design process.

A number of field surveys and investigations were completed between December 2020 and May 2021:

  • Topographic surveying
  • Tree inventorying
  • Bathymetric surveying
  • Geotechnical studies
  • Bat maternity roosting surveys
  • Stage 2 Archaeological Assessment

Design Status

The West Segment shoreline and multi-use trail (between the east side of Bluffer’s Park to Meadowcliffe) is currently undergoing the 30% design phase, while the Brimley Road South Multi-Use Trail is progressing through the 60% design phase.

Due to the complex nature of the site, TRCA in continued partnership with the City of Toronto is exploring two sub-options for the Brimley Road South Multi-Use Trail:

  • The first option (Option 1A) is most similar to the concept presented in the SWP EA; however, in order to meet the City’s multi-use trail guidelines to facilitate both pedestrian and cyclist usage, while also maintaining the existing roadside swale, a higher degree of slope cuts and retaining walls along the east side of the trail would be required.
  • Given the existing geotechnical conditions, and to minimize environmental impacts to the extent possible, a second option (Option 1B) is also being evaluated, which would see removal of the existing swale with a curbed trail for the full length. Option 1B would reduce the extent of slope cuts and necessary retaining walls, but additional challenges related to the location of underground utilities and infrastructure will need to be considered as this design option advances.
comparison of sub-options for the Brimley Road South Multi-Use Trail
Comparison of sub-options for the Brimley Road South Multi-Use Trail. Select image above to view the full-sized design snapshots.

Construction timelines for both the Brimley Road South Multi-Use Trail and West Segment Shoreline and Multi-Use continue to be refined through the detailed design process.

Public Engagement

Stay tuned for information on the upcoming Public Open House events for both the Brimley Road South Multi-Use Trail and the SWP West Segment Shoreline and Multi-Use Trail in the coming months.

Project Update: Detailed Design – November 24, 2020

Since receiving approval for the Final Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks on November 5, 2019, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has been preparing for the initiation of detailed design for the West Segment, to commence this Fall 2020.

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No Public Access: Scarborough Bluffs – March 27, 2020

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is warning of risks due to landslides along the Scarborough Bluffs.

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SWP EA Receives Final Approval – November 14, 2019

The Scarborough Bluffs, an iconic natural wonder located at the doorstep of Canada’s largest city, will soon be more accessible than ever for the enjoyment of the public.

Following a public consultation process, approval by the City of Toronto Council and review by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, the environmental assessment for the Scarborough Waterfront Project has received final approval from the Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

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Hazardous Conditions at Scarborough Bluffs – May 10, 2018

Landslides along the Scarborough Bluffs occur every year, all year long. The bluff erosion along this section of shoreline is a result of surface water flowing over the bluff edge, groundwater moving through the bluff face and wave action at the bottom of the bluff pulling material away, causing slumping.

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Safety Message: Limited Access to Scarborough Bluffs – August 17, 2017

While officials continue to monitor the stability of the Scarborough Bluffs, it has been determined that the factors creating enhanced risk to public safety have settled.

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July 28 TRCA Authority Meeting Update – August 11, 2017

On Friday, July 28, 2017, the Scarborough Waterfront Project went to the Authority. It received endorsement of the Refined Preferred Alternative and was approved to proceed to City of Toronto Council for approval to submit the final Environmental Assessment Report to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

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SWP Goes to TRCA Authority July 28 – July 7, 2017

The Scarborough Waterfront Project will be going to the Authority on Friday, July 28.

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Getting to Know the The West Segment – March 2, 2017

The West Segment of the Scarborough Waterfront Project stretches between Bluffer’s Park and the Meadowcliffe shoreline, and includes Bluffer’s Park sand beach and the shoreline below Cudia Park.

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Surveying Species and Spaces – August 4, 2016

Collecting baseline data is the foundation for sound decision-making aimed at protecting and enhancing the natural spaces and species in Toronto and region. The Scarborough Waterfront Project is an excellent case in point.

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Scarborough Waterfront Project Update – July 28, 2016

The Scarborough Waterfront Project aims to add to Toronto’s gem of greenspaces by providing safe access along the Scarborough waterfront. Specifically, the project aims to create an 11 km trail system from Bluffer’s Park to East Point Park.

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Protecting and Preserving a Natural Wonder – May 27, 2016

The Scarborough Waterfront Project, undertaken by TRCA, will strike a balance between offering improved access to the Bluffs, while making it safer for the public to do so. It’s aim as well, is to protect the natural heritage of the Bluffs including both the unique flora and fauna of the area.

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