A proposed five-kilometre park stretching across the west end is getting closer to reality.
A study for the “Green Line,” a stretch of parks and trails that would provide green spaces along a hydro corridor north of Dupont Street between Landsdowne Avenue and Spadina Road, is expected to begin later this year.
Jake Tobin Garrett, manager of policy and research at Park People, told Metroland Media Toronto his organization has been advocating for the park since 2014.
“Right now, it’s kind of a series of disconnected spaces that includes some parks, but the vision is really to create a connected linear park and trail that people can move through,” he said. “After two years of advocacy and working with the community, the City of Toronto has initiated an implementation study.”
The implementation group consists of landscape architects DTAH, Workshop Architecture, Dillon Consulting, Toni Paolasini, ASI Heritage and A.W. Hooker, a post on Park People’s website said.
“It’s really exciting. We’ve seen small steps towards this in the last couple of years,” he said. “But the initiation of this study is a big step forward in that in lays out a path for how this project can get built over time.”
Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao said the park will create new green spaces and help connect communities.
“The Green Line is vital to the west end and the city as a whole,” she said. “The creation of more cycling infrastructure and new community green spaces are critical pieces to building a connected, inclusive and vibrant Toronto.”
She added in her newsletter the city’s proposed 10-year capital plan has funds available to conduct a study of the proposal and help to construct some of the elements included in the plan.
The idea for the Green Line originated out of a design competition created by Helena Grdadolnik of Workshop Architecture in 2012.
She previously told Metroland Media Toronto she wanted to get the community at large excited about the prospect of linking the scattered green spaces in the area.
“I live in the area and my office is in the area, so I was personally really interested in seeing the spaces improved and linked,” she said.
More information about the project can be found on parkpeople.ca.
With files from Justin Skinner.