Mayor John Tory praised private donors and fundraisers as he outlined the next steps in a ravine ‘super park‘ targeted for the lower Don Valley, in a presser on Tuesday.
A massive 200 hectare green space would connect the Evergreen Brick Works to the lake and provide an area for hiking and biking trails.
The design process will encompass three zones: an urban, park and natural zone.
The Don River campaign was launched last year by Evergreen Canada in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority.
“Toronto was built around its ravines. They give the city a unique identity that has defined how our city has grown. This project allows us to celebrate our ravines, talk about the important role they play for our residents, our resilience and our quality of life,” said Mayor Tory. “With the help of private donors, we will continue to make improvements to the Lower Don Valley, like new way-finding signage and entry points that will help residents access and navigate this park.”
Through the funding partnership, the Lower Don Trail will re-open in the spring featuring a new Pottery Road Bridge, Belleville Underpass and a new Bayview Multi-Use Trail.
The partnership will also work on the feasibility of formally designating this area as a City of Toronto park and identifying ways to implement the Lower Don Trail Master Plan.
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