Local dignitaries held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Cruickshank Park Saturday, June 21 to officially launch a completed section of the Pan Am Path, a proposed legacy project of the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
York South-Weston Councillor Frances Nunziata and the Friends of Pan Am Path organization cut the ribbon to open the 84-kilometre continuous path made for walking, running and cycling.
“The Pan Am Path aims to unite the downtown core and the inner suburbs through the power of art, sport and culture,” said Brent Chamberlain, chair of the Friends of the Pan Am Path, in a statement. “We’re excited to celebrate this small step forward with UrbanArts and Jane’s Walk in Weston-Mount Dennis.”
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly added the Pan Am Path is a “perfect example of the celebration, investment and legacy that the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will bring to Toronto.”
The route, which will connect Toronto from Brampton to Pickering, lies on existing trails and pathways and additional work is underway to add connections and signage to provide a recreation and transportation route that will serve as a functional connection to various Pan Am Games venues next summer.
The Pan Am Path will also feature art installations, cultural activities and mini-celebration events in the weeks leading up to the Games to showcase the communities that exist along the route.