Our local parks are undergoing a variety of transformations. In Raymore Park, rehabilitation of the retaining wall staging area is well under way, a new off-leash area has been set up while sewer re-lining along the Humber is still likely to take a few more months.
In Lions Park, heavy vehicles undertaking sewer work have destroyed the bike path and cones have been placed to warn cyclists and pedestrians.
In Cruickshank Park, stabilization work is taking place that will prevent further erosion of the TCHC property at 1025 Scarlett Road. At the moment a bridge is being used to access the site and the walkway through the park has been blocked in order for the work to proceed. The end date is set for next month but judging by the current state of construction, that looks extremely optimistic and unlikely.
Needless to say, the bike / pedestrian trail (Humber Trail / Pan Am Path) needs to be re-paved. When this will happen is anyone’s guess but all work involving heavy construction vehicles will have to be finished no doubt. Construction projects seem to take longer than advertised in this part of Toronto for some reason. Anyway, probably not this year. This will mean some tough sledding for walkers and cyclists for quite some time. One good thing is that the replacement path, when it finally gets here, will be built wider to meet new city standards.
May 29 will be Toronto’s Bike to Work day. Take it from me, there’s no better way to feel like a mad (and healthy) anarchist than to take two wheels to work.
Despite a few quite notable shortcomings, Weston has a really blessed location for commuters up for a beautiful, if leisurely, ride. Wendell connects to bike paths heading north; the Humber River Trail carries hundreds of riders west and south every day. East and southeast are, I admit, a struggle–but I am quite convinced that demand creates its own supply: if we demand better connections to the city, we will get them.
Your correspondent is always delighted to help with route planning, bike shop tips, and even with free repairs. Just drop a comment if you need a hand.
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