According to Ward 18 Councillor Adam Giambrone's latest newsletter (April 2, 2008), the West Toronto Railpath is set to begin construction this spring. The first phase of the project will create a 2.1km path from along an unused section of railway corridor from Cariboo Ave (North of Dupont) to the Dundas and College area.
You can read Adam Giambrone's comments from his newsletter below.
West Toronto Railpath Park Begins Construction this Spring:
The City of Toronto has approved the construction of a railpath park trail which is approximately 2.1 kilometres long, running from the Cariboo Avenue in the north (Cariboo is one block north of Dupont) to Dundas Street in the south.
The design consists of a lit, asphalt trail which winds through the site with concrete paved plazas at street intersections. Planting will consist of native tree species. Where possible, existing trees along the site will be protected and incorporated into the design. Native grasses and wildflower seeds from the site were collected in the fall of 2006 and will be replanted in 2009. Planting adjacent to the path and under the trees will consist of low grasses and wildflowers. This will maintain the 'wild' character of the existing site while providing habitat for birds, insects and small mammals. The low heights of new plants will provide open sight lines through the site for a safe and comfortable experience for all trail users.
The tender for the project has closed and by the end of April the contract will have been awarded to the winning bidder. Construction should start early in May, although the timing of construction north of Dupont Street is still to be sorted out. Negotiations with Go Transit are ongoing regarding coordinating access to these lands due to their ongoing rail grade separation project in the same area. Our work will start this spring regardless. Anticipated completion of the project is June 2009.
The City also plans to construct a second phase of this trail, running from Dundas St. to King St, in future years. Negotiations with CN Rail are ongoing to purchase the land needed for phase two of the project, and provisions are being made for the trail in current planning processes, such as leaving space for the trail in the Dufferin Jog Tunnel project set to begin construction later this year.
For more information about the West Toronto Railpath Park, please contact my office or visit www.railpath.ca.