Humber gap closing… very slowly

If you’re a cyclist, you know the “Humber Gap”, the missing stretch of the Humber River trail that would join the gorgeous trails north of Weston to the many kilometers of trails that run down to Lake Ontario.

The gap is at the north end of Cruickshank Park, and it’s a pain.

In fact, it’s worse than a pain. It’s dangerous: trail users are forced onto a very busy stretch of Weston Road where, despite the sharrows, you’d have to be suicidal to take to two wheels.

Now the Toronto Region Conservation Authority is starting an environmental assessment that will take small steps to close the gap. A 2019 investigation found that it would be hard to do and would “require the construction of bridges, boardwalk structures, and securement of property.”

That feasibility study said that more needed to be known about the subsurface “to inform the placement and design of any proposed water crossings.” In addition, “Complete ecological, geotechnical, water resources and geomorphologic assessments were also recommended to inform and refine the proposed trail alignment concepts.”

The Humber River Gap. Map from the TRCA.

Thanks to C for the tip.

Weston ten years ago: November 2010

The new steps at Mallaby Park as they appeared in November 2010.

Here’s a taste of what was happening in Weston back in November 2010.

Some new steps had replaced the wooden ones at Mallaby Park, near St Phillips and Weston Road.

The Weston Farmers Market had wrapped up for another year.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford nominated Councillor Frances Nunziata as Toronto Council Speaker; a powerful position she has held since then. She was being sued by a disgruntled ex-employee and Adam looked at her expenses.

Artscape was investigating the possibility of an arts hub in Weston and where it might be located.

The In Touch Retirement Home was under scrutiny after two residents and later, a third resident died.

A brand new soccer facility in Lions Park was almost complete.

Adam reported on what our local politicians had been up to.

The Clean Train Coalition was battling Metrolinx and rallying over electrification.

Weston Clean Team

The Weston Clean Team is an awesome group of volunteers who regularly beautify parts of our neighbourhood. WCT has transformed many corners of Weston in the past and they will be in action this weekend, assembling Sunday at 1:30 on John Street south of the pedestrian bridge.

From their Facebook post:

1) We ask you to join us in the capacity that suits you best.**** Independently for 1- 2 hours at an area you want to change -or-**** Join the physically scattered group 1:30 -3:30 meeting on John, between Weston and the bottom of the pedestrian bridge.

2) If you find a shopping cart, place your garbage in it and text Mel Hamelin where it is.

3) Councillor Frances Nunziata has expressed gratitude for our efforts and will also be joining.

4) Please pick up one thing at a time to refrain from injury and contact of unseen items.

5) At the impromptu clean up last weekend, we brought our own bags and gloves. While we are organizing this in response to the request to join, we are not an organization and so do not have the supplies. Councillor Frances Nunziata Ward 5 indicated she will bring bags to the 1:30 meeting location

6) We are doing this simply because. Because we are a community, because we care.

7) If you yelled, ‘Thank you’ to us last weekend; if you liked our clean up post, please show your gratitude by joining us on this impromptu clean up.

Having been part of WCT clean-ups in the past, I can vouch that joining the group is a great way to meet some awesome neighbours while doing something positive for our community.