For those who already live in midtown Toronto, you know how beneficial The Beltline path and biking trail situated on a former rail line is for your health and well-being. Not only does it provide Torontonians with a lush natural space for respite in the heart of the City, but it also provides a (mostly) uninterrupted path for exercise and recreation. Essentially, The Beltline is the amalgamation of adjacent plots of land that the City of Toronto purchased throughout the years. The trail, which runs east-west, is a total of 9 kilometres long from one end to the other. How fantastic to have this sizable meandering collection of green spaces offering a place to decompress amidst our high-density built environments!
Picturesque n’ pleasant? Checkmark. Great way to see more of the city? Checkmark. Good for neighbourhood businesses? Checkmark! With so much going for the Beltline, it’s no wonder we’re excited about the development of a new linear park located south of The Beltline called (Drum Roll Please): The Green Line!
The Green Line will be a new east-west linear park system along the Dupont hydro-electric corridor that will connect adjacent neighbourhoods and expand the open space network in Midtown and West Toronto. The construction and revitalization of new and existing parks in the path of the Green Line will be coordinated and guided by the Green Line Implementation Plan. To be 5 kilometres in length upon completion, it will fill the gaps (currently empty or undeveloped plots) in the hydro corridor between existing green spaces. Similar to The Beltline, the Green Line project will expand and upgrade existing community green spaces, develop unused land, and bridge the gaps between all of those elements to create something much greater than the sum of its parts.
And, of course, safety will be paramount, with plenty of crosswalks or bridges for pedestrians and cyclists when The Green Line intersects a street.
Workshop Architecture and the charity Park People helped bring the vision to reality, developing the project into two stages:
A project team takes inventory of the existing planning policies, conducting environmental and archaeological assessments, to prepare for a safe and walkable trail.
Complete the design guidelines and conceptual plan for the Green Line. Along with site-specific schematic designs for public spaces within the corridor.
The project will: improve existing licensed parkland, create new and vibrate public spaces, improve the City rights-of-way between – or adjacent to – Green Line parcels, and improve pedestrian connections at road crossings.
What a fantastic idea! Here’s the City of Toronto website that will tell you everything you want to know!
But if you’re more of a visual learner check out this video:
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