The York Beltline Trail is a critical recreational asset in our community. As the City Councillor representing communities along the York Beltline, I have worked closely with residents and City staff to improve the Trail for all users.
I wanted to take the opportunity to share updates on the exciting initiatives and projects we have been working on.
Extension to Marlee in 2018
Over the past few years, the extension of the York Beltline Trail from Walter Saunders Park to Marlee Avenue has been a priority project for the community. I believe this missing link is key to improving connectivity and access to the trail. Parks staff have been hard at work on the complex negotiations, design and testing that are required to extend a recreational trail through an active hydro corridor. I am thrilled to announce that the project is now shovel-ready, and the City expects to complete the extension of the York Beltline Trail to Marlee Avenue in 2018.
Hopewell Community Garden
I am happy to share that our new Hopewell Community Garden in Walter Saunders Park is now complete. New wooden planter boxes will be installed this spring and this revitalized space will be a hub of community activity along the York Beltline.
To follow along with the garden’s progress and for ways to get involved, follow the Hopewell Community Garden Facebook group at www.facebook.com/HopewellGarden.
New Exercise Equipment
This past fall, new outdoor exercise equipment was installed in Walter Saunders Park, adding another exciting use to the York Beltline Trail. The outdoor exercise equipment is designed to be used in all weather conditions, and provides an opportunity to stay active while being outdoors. Make sure to stop by on your next walk or jog along the York Beltline.
In early 2018, the City will be installing a creative wayfinding project at the Dufferin Street entrance to the York Beltline Trail, produced by the STEPS Initiative and artist Bareket Kezwer.
Each of the sides of the pillars are painted in a different colour to create a distinct view for people approaching from different angles. This playful colour scheme reflects the geography of the park, which changes depending on where you enter and the direction you are travelling. We hope that this new artwork and wayfinding marker will bring further attention to this great asset in our community.
As always, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-392-4027 if you have any questions or concerns.
City Councillor, Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence