Study of paths in Scarborough's Guild Park encourages local volunteers

Community Feb 06, 2017 Scarborough Mirror

East Scarborough’s Guild Park is getting a new $60,000 plan to improve its pathways at a time when the property’s revitalization is moving fast.

After $20 million in renovations, residents around the former art colony expect its once-shuttered Bickford Residence to open as a privately-managed banquet hall and restaurant, the Guild Inn Estate, this spring.

Plans are underway for a city-funded arts centre in buildings on the park grounds. Money for the trails plan is also in the city’s 2017 budget.

“City officials are really giving Guild Park the attention it deserves,” said John Mason, president of Friends of Guild Park and Gardens.

There are 10 kilometres of trails within the 88-acre waterfront park, but they were developed informally over the decades and Mason’s volunteer group said conditions on paths “vary widely,” and pose “a variety of challenges” for visitors.

Friends, Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie and other Guild Park groups had told the city that trail improvements should be a priority in the park.

There were past studies of Guild Park’s paths, but Mason said with the restoration of facilities and opening of the Guild Inn Estate, “a lot of the ways people use the park are going to be different.”

Study of paths in Scarborough's Guild Park encourages local volunteers

City of Toronto budget includes $60,000 for a new trail plan

Community Feb 06, 2017 Scarborough Mirror

East Scarborough’s Guild Park is getting a new $60,000 plan to improve its pathways at a time when the property’s revitalization is moving fast.

After $20 million in renovations, residents around the former art colony expect its once-shuttered Bickford Residence to open as a privately-managed banquet hall and restaurant, the Guild Inn Estate, this spring.

Plans are underway for a city-funded arts centre in buildings on the park grounds. Money for the trails plan is also in the city’s 2017 budget.

“City officials are really giving Guild Park the attention it deserves,” said John Mason, president of Friends of Guild Park and Gardens.

There are 10 kilometres of trails within the 88-acre waterfront park, but they were developed informally over the decades and Mason’s volunteer group said conditions on paths “vary widely,” and pose “a variety of challenges” for visitors.

Friends, Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie and other Guild Park groups had told the city that trail improvements should be a priority in the park.

There were past studies of Guild Park’s paths, but Mason said with the restoration of facilities and opening of the Guild Inn Estate, “a lot of the ways people use the park are going to be different.”

Study of paths in Scarborough's Guild Park encourages local volunteers

City of Toronto budget includes $60,000 for a new trail plan

Community Feb 06, 2017 Scarborough Mirror

East Scarborough’s Guild Park is getting a new $60,000 plan to improve its pathways at a time when the property’s revitalization is moving fast.

After $20 million in renovations, residents around the former art colony expect its once-shuttered Bickford Residence to open as a privately-managed banquet hall and restaurant, the Guild Inn Estate, this spring.

Plans are underway for a city-funded arts centre in buildings on the park grounds. Money for the trails plan is also in the city’s 2017 budget.

“City officials are really giving Guild Park the attention it deserves,” said John Mason, president of Friends of Guild Park and Gardens.

There are 10 kilometres of trails within the 88-acre waterfront park, but they were developed informally over the decades and Mason’s volunteer group said conditions on paths “vary widely,” and pose “a variety of challenges” for visitors.

Friends, Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie and other Guild Park groups had told the city that trail improvements should be a priority in the park.

There were past studies of Guild Park’s paths, but Mason said with the restoration of facilities and opening of the Guild Inn Estate, “a lot of the ways people use the park are going to be different.”