The Meadoway: 16 km stretch of urban park will link downtown to Scarborough

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A 10-mile-long expanse of land to be turned into a large urban park called The Meadoway is “a bold vision,” Mayor John Tory said on Wednesday.

The park, which will stretch north of the Don River Ravine in downtown Toronto to Rouge National Urban Park in Scarborough, will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel the entire length without ever leaving the park.

The city is working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation to transform a barren electricity corridor into green space over the next seven years.

The whole project is expected to cost around $ 85 million. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has pledged a total of $ 25 million to support it over the coming months.

“[The park] is another example of what can be accomplished when we work with public, private and philanthropic partners, ”Tory said during an announcement for the park on Wednesday.

A map shows the proposed 16 km long green space of The Meadoway, highlighted in yellow. (La Prairie)

According to the TRCA, the park will connect four ravines, 15 parks and 34 neighborhoods.

It will include 20 kilometers of mixed-use trails and will be home to more than 1,000 species of flora and fauna.

“The Meadoway will be a catalyst for building a new kind of municipal park for Canada,” said Tamara Rebanks, chair of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation conservation committee.

The city is working with the W. Garfield Weston Foundation to develop a barren electrical corridor into a huge green space over the next 7 years. (TRCA)


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