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The Meadoway: 16 km stretch of urban park will connect downtown to Scarborough | CBC News
Posted: Apr 11, 2018 | CBC News | by Ramna Shahzad.

The park will connect 4 ravines, 15 parks and 34 neighbourhoods.

A 16-kilometre long stretch of land slated to be transformed into a large urban park called The Meadoway is "a bold vision," Mayor John Tory said on Wednesday.

The park, which will stretch north from the Don River Ravine in downtown Toronto all the way 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 power corridor into the green space over the next seven years.

The entire 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] serves as another example of what can be accomplished when we work together with public, private and philanthropic partners,"
bicycles  cycling  Don_River  habitats  landscapes  linearity  Meadoway  neighbourhoods  outdoors  parks  philanthropy  public_spaces  ravines  Rouge_Park  Scarborough  Toronto  TRCA  urban  wilderness  green_spaces 
11 weeks ago by jerryking
Hey Toronto! Take a walk on the wild side in the city's hidden ravines and parks - Toronto - CBC News
By Alexandra Sienkiewicz, CBC News Posted: May 21, 2017

An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto's Natural Parklands, a new book by photographer Robert Burley, you can discover some of the city's hidden gems — from sunken valleys, tree-lined ravines and unpopulated shorelines. ''''''The book itself is a collection of hundreds of photographs and tributes by some of Toronto's best-known writers, including George Elliott Clarke, Alissa York, Anne Michaels, Michael Mitchell and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

In describing the project, Burley quotes Robert Fulford: "The ravines are to Toronto what canals are to Venice, and hills are to San Francisco. They are the heart of the city's emotional geography."
ravines  hidden  Toronto  parks  wilderness  books  Rouge_Park 
may 2017 by jerryking
Mapping Where Torontonians Bike and Run
FEBRUARY 2, 2015 | Torontoist | BY DAVID HAINS

Developers map out the world's most popular spots for walking, jogging, and cycling—and reveal where in this city Torontonians like, and don't like, to get outside and get active.

....the maps show pieces of a larger story. The most popular trails might seem simply like fun places for a run or merely the result of individual choices, but they’re part of a larger context that governs how the city works—how the built and natural environment, a community’s land-use mix, housing affordability, community health options, and other factors affect the way we relate to and use different parts of the city.
mapping  Toronto  running  cycling  ravines  parks  neighbourhoods  community_health  public_policy  correlations  diabetes  health_outcomes  healthy_lifestyles  cardiovascular  land_uses  self-selection 
january 2017 by jerryking
The top 5 ravines in Toronto
osted by Derek Flack / SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
parks  Toronto  ravines 
november 2016 by jerryking
Leaside Bridge | UrbanToronto
Most direct would be up Pape and continuing under Minton Place
Leaside  Toronto  DRL  transit  bridges  parks  Don_River  ravines 
october 2016 by jerryking
Bringing Toronto’s Don River back from the dead - The Globe and Mail
ROY MACGREGOR
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley by Jennifer Bonnell.
parks  Don_River  revitalization  ravines  Toronto  books  restorations  environment 
august 2016 by jerryking
The Scarborough Bluffs are rarely seen — but there’s a plan to change that - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May 13, 2016

[ M. Jane Fairburn in her 2013 book Along the Shore, a history of Toronto's waterfront]

Conservation officials hope to change all that, making the Bluffs safer and easier to visit. They want to shore up dangerous bits, put in more trails and create habitat for wild animals and fish. A study is already under way, with a first set of options to be presented to the public next month.

It is an exciting project, a once-in-a-century chance to open up the whole of the Scarborough shore to a broader public. It is also a delicate one. Officials face the challenge of giving safe access to the Bluffs without destroying the wild quality that lend them their magic. Some people want them left alone altogether. Others want to see a continuous shoreline trail as you might have in an urban waterfront.
Toronto  Marcus_Gee  Scarborough  history  parks  waterfronts  landmarks  landscapes  ravines  conservation  habitats  wilderness  books  TRCA 
may 2016 by jerryking
A superpark hides in Toronto’s Don Valley, waiting to be discovered - The Globe and Mail
ALEX BOZIKOVIC
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Apr. 15, 2016

historian Jennifer L. Bonnell wrote in her 2014 book Reclaiming the Don.

A few small moves would get it in motion. Proponents envision new bike lanes on Bayview Avenue that would make it less terrifying to go there on two wheels. An old rail trestle would become a pedestrian bridge. New bridges, stairs and paths would welcome people from Cabbagetown and from Regent Park, from Corktown and the emerging neighbourhoods in and around the Port Lands.

But in the longer term, the plan would mean combining two rail corridors, both controlled by Metrolinx, reconfiguring the DVP ramp to Bloor-Bayview and removing a city works yard that now sits in the middle of the valley. But governments are budgeting at least $1-billion for roads, water, parks and rail improvements in this zone, including the electrification of GO’s train lines and the Gardiner Expressway rebuild. The river is unruly, prone to powerful floods; a thoughtful, coherent landscape would mitigate the risks for infrastructure and serve the environment of the valley.
Toronto  history  parks  ravines  Don_River  Evergreen  floodplains  DVP  regeneration  Brickworks  railways  design  sustainability  landscapes  floods  Cabbagetown  Regent_Park  Corktown  Port_Lands  books  neighbourhoods  green  undervalued  small_moves 
april 2016 by jerryking
Abused ravines are loose thread in urban fabric - The Globe and Mail
JOHN BARBER
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2002

"There is nothing quite like the ravines anywhere: no other city has so much nature woven through its urban fabric in that way," Robert Fulford wrote in a typical example.

"The ravines are to Toronto what canals are to Venice, hills are to San Francisco and the Thames River is to London. They are the heart of the city's emotional geography, and understanding Toronto requires an understanding of the ravines."

Any serious attempt to understand the ravines would probably include the fact that they are an environmental disaster, hopelessly degraded by generations of neglect, and getting steadily worse despite the green boosterism.

It might also notice that the ravines are not woven through the urban fabric in the least; rather, they are emphatically set apart from it, even suppressed by it. At least the hills in San Francisco make an impression; in Toronto, you can drive over a 100-foot bridge and never know it.

It's also possible that this bizarre dislocation -- two worlds, one right on top of the other, yet almost entirely separate -- might help explain why the ravines are still so abused: They have no constituency.
City_Hall  constituencies  emotional_geography  hidden  iconic  John_Barber  nature  overlay_networks  parks  ravines  Toronto  urban  wilderness 
november 2015 by jerryking
Pan Am Path knits an underworld within Toronto - The Globe and Mail
IAN MERRINGER
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 19, 2015
ravines  parks  Toronto 
september 2015 by jerryking
Toronto’s ravine system offers the perfect escape from urban life - The Globe and Mail
JOHN ALLEMANG
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 07, 2015

Books: Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests. (http://ravines.to)

Jason Ramsay-Brown is a lifelong Torontonian, and passionate student of Toronto's local history and natural heritage. He is a volunteer on the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Stewardship Team and the Beechwood Wetland Stewardship Team, as well as caretaker of a Monarch Waystation in Toronto's east end. In addition to the book Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests, Jason has photographed and written about Toronto's ravines for a variety of publications including NOW magazine and the Toronto Field Naturalists newsletter.
Toronto  books  ravines  parks  Don_River 
september 2015 by jerryking
Rouge Park stuck in political battle over environmental protections - The Globe and Mail
DAKSHANA BASCARAMURTY AND ANN HUI
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 13 2015
GTA  parks  Rouge_Park  ravines  politics  environment 
march 2015 by jerryking
Hazel's legacy: a city of green - The Globe and Mail
JOHN ALLEMANG
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Oct. 09 2004
legacies  Toronto  history  parks  ravines  natural_calamities  Don_River  floods  Hurricane_Hazel 
september 2014 by jerryking
10 quirky things to know about the Don Valley
Posted by Chris Bateman / SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley
history  Toronto  parks  Don_River  ravines  environment 
september 2014 by jerryking
Glen Stewart revitalization to be revealed - The Globe and Mail
LISA ROCHON
ARCHITECTURE CRITIC— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, May. 29, 2012
Toronto  ravines  parks 
may 2012 by jerryking
Lawn chemicals ban means Toronto’s public spaces are going to seed - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 18, 2012

The ban on lawn chemicals was a triumph of fuzzy-headed environmentalism. Since the town of Hudson, Que., became the first jurisdiction to enact an anti-pesticide bylaw in 1991, scores of municipalities and seven provinces have banned them. You can spray pesticides on the food crops we eat, but not the grass we walk on. You can use certain insecticides to kill cockroaches in your house, but not grubs in your grass.
Marcus_Gee  parks  ravines  gardening  bylaws  environmentalism  weeds 
may 2012 by jerryking
Funding for Rouge Valley national park expected in federal budget - The Globe and Mail
bill curry AND kelly grant
OTTAWA AND TORONTO— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012
parks  Toronto  ravines  rivers  Rouge_Park 
march 2012 by jerryking
Taylor Creek Park: A ribbon of otherness - The Globe and Mail
MASSIMO COMMANDUCCI
Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010
parks  rivers  ravines  Toronto  Don_River 
july 2011 by jerryking
Canoeing the Rouge River: Part two - The Globe and Mail
IAN MERRINGER
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jul. 10
ravines  parks  Toronto  rivers  Rouge_Park 
july 2011 by jerryking
A river’s-edge view of Canada’s newest national park - The Globe and Mail
Ian Merringer
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Jul. 08, 2011

Rouge Park is both huge and under-serviced, a vast suburban wilderness
that spans three municipalities yet has no visitor centre, no canoe
rentals and only one washroom. That could all change with last month’s
announcement in the Throne Speech of a national park designation. The
increase in funding, facilities and visitors that will come with the
designation will mean changes for the park, and perhaps the cities that
surround it.
parks  ravines  Toronto  rivers  Rouge_Park 
july 2011 by jerryking
No cottage? No problem: what to do in Toronto on the May holiday weekend - The Globe and Mail
May. 21, 2011 | Globe & Mail | IAN MERRINGER.
* The Martin Goodman Trail.
* Run up and down the Casa Loma steps, great workout, better view.
* Ravines. No shortage of them.
* Scarborough Bluffs.
* The Don Valley. Again, might want a snack and water.
* Wander around "Chinatown" (Spadina).
* Kensington Market.
* Harbourfront.
travel  things_to_do  ravines  parks  Toronto  Kensington_Market  Chinatown  Harbourfront  Don_River  Scarborough  waterfronts 
may 2011 by jerryking
Ravine bike trail network
Apr 9, 2011 | The Globe and Mail. pg. A.16 | Mark Bell.
ProQuest  ravines  Toronto  bicycles 
april 2011 by jerryking
Tories pledge to create national park in Rouge Valley
Apr. 08, 2011 | Globe and Mail | TAMARA BALUJA. The
Conservatives have pledged to create a national park right in the
backyard of the country’s largest metropolis. The promise unveiled on
Friday in the party’s election platform would protect the Rouge Valley,
11,500 acres of Canada’s unique Carolinian forestland teeming with
vulnerable wildlife on the eastern edge of Toronto....A relatively
unknown park, the Rouge does not command the same popularity as the
Toronto Islands or High Park. But Scarborough councillor Glenn De
Baeremaeker called Rouge Valley a “hidden treasure” famous for bald
eagles, bluebirds, salamander, river otters and even an occasional black
bear...Stretching from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine and
Pickering, the area is currently overseen by several municipalities,
including Markham, Toronto, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Richmond Hill.
That creates some logistical difficulties.
elections  Conservative_Party  Toronto  ravines  forestry  wildlife  Southern_Ontario  parks  Rouge_Park  hidden  Scarborough  waterfronts 
april 2011 by jerryking
Happy Trails
Jul 3, 2004 |G & M | by Melanie Coulson. Taylor
Creek/Sunnybrook Park: 9.4 km from Victoria Pk. to the back of
Sunnybrook Hospital on Bayview Avenue. Starting at Victoria Park Ave.,
this route winds its way through a few smaller parks and meets up with
the massive Sunnybrook Park. It can be picked up throughout Sunnybrook
and at various spots along Taylor Creek.
Terrain: Asphalt - mostly bike/pedestrian paths, with some car traffic
in Sunnybrook Park. Parking/transit Parking at Sunnybrook, with a few
lots along Taylor Creek. The 11 and 124 buses go along Bayview to
Sunnybrook Hospital - pick up the trail behind it, at the bottom of the
hill. . Pros & Cons Good: Relatively flat, with only smaller hills
(except the massive beast at the hospital - there is parking at the
bottom for those not up to the long, windy climb). Restrooms throughout.
Not-so-good: There are a few isolated spots and the route is not well
lit, so really not an option at night.
ProQuest  running  Toronto  ravines  best_of  sightseeing  things_to_do  parks  Don_River 
april 2011 by jerryking
Ravines a defining aspect of Toronto - The Globe and Mail
RENATA D’ALIESIO
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Apr. 01, 2011
Toronto  landscapes  running  ravines  parks 
april 2011 by jerryking
The secret life of Toronto’s ravines
May. 28, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Ian Merringer
Toronto  ravines  ProQuest  parks 
september 2010 by jerryking

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