The City of Toronto initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study in 2008 to determine the preferred option and preliminary design details for a pedestrian and cycle route/bridge over the railway corridor west of Fort York.
The Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge is intended to provide a key link between Stanley Park to the north and the western area of Fort York grounds to the south, improving the connections between the City, Fort York and the waterfront. This opportunity has been identified in previous staff reports and the Fort York Public Realm Master Plan (2004) adopted by the City.
This study provided the opportunity for both the community and the City to investigate the feasibility of bridging the existing rail corridor along the north boundary of Fort York. This project is expected to incorporate excellence in design engineering and promote a functional open space linkage between the surrounding neighbourhood that will be visually inspiring, integrating historic and cultural significance. The study was also conducted in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment October 2000, as amended in 2007, in accordance with the requirements for Schedule ‘C’ projects. This process defined problems and opportunities, considered and evaluated alternative solutions and presented an evaluation process leading to preferred design concept.
Early this year, City staff will be filing an Addendum for the original 2010 Environmental Study Report. Area stakeholders will be notified once the Addendum is issued and available for public review.
You may recall, a number of bridge alignments were presented last year. The Addendum will detail a change to the preferred alignment which now shifts the south end of the bridge approximately 60 metres westerly. The north landing point remains as planned (Stanley Park Extension). The original plan for a long single bridge over both rail corridors is proposed to be changed to two separate shorter structures, linked by a path across the Ordnance Triangle lands with access to the triangle property.
Over the past year, City staff have also been working with Build Toronto, an agency of the City that helps develop under-utilized lands, to review constructing the bridge at a reduced cost and to coordinate this project with area development in the Ordnance Triangle Lands. A staff report which recommends that Build Toronto develop a Design/Build process to deliver the design and construction of the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge was presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) on January 9, 2014 and will now be considered by City Council on February 19, 2014.
January 2013 - EA Addendum
In November 2011, City Council directed City staff to maintain the original bridge design but review new alignment options to reduce costs. The City hosted a Public Meeting on January 31, 2013 at the Niagara Street Junior Public School to present and discuss these new alignment options for the bridge. This meeting was also to consult on the Planning Application for: 10, 11, 25 Ordnance Street and 45 Strachan Avenue.
- Public notice (PDF)
- Agenda (PDF)
- Panels (PDF)
- Presentation (provides complementary information to display panels) (PDF)
- Comment sheet (PDF)
At its meeting of April 26, 2011 the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) considered the report, Contract Award - Contract No. 10FS-34S, Tender Call 353-2010 for the construction of Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge (March 25, 2011).
The Committee referred the item to the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, the Executive Director, Technical Services and the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, in consultation with the Director, Real Estate Services, to recommend to the Public Works Committee an alternative lower cost Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge to Fort York.
At its meeting of November 29, 2011 City Council adopted as amended the report to PWIC, Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Alternative Design (November 1, 2011). The decision approved the construction of the Fort York Pedestrian Bridge with a visually appealing design consistent with either Alternative A1, A2 or A5, which provide an inclined arch system based pedestrian bridge consistent with the original pedestrian bridge design but at reduced costs.
The decision also authorized City officials to work with Build Toronto and its development partners to incorporate the design and construction of the bridge consistent with planning objectives and in conjunction with the area development.
Staff were requested to consider the master plan being developed for the Ordnance triangle lands as part of the 5 year review Official Plan and Municipal Comprehensive Review and report back to Planning and Growth Management Committee by June 2012.
Full details of the decision and illustrations of the alternatives are included in the link below:
At its meeting of February 6, 2012 City Council adopted the report, Final Report - 30 Ordnance Street - Zoning Amendment (December 19, 2011). The recommendations for community benefits to be secured through a Section 37 Agreement include an indexed $2 million contribution to the construction of the proposed Fort York pedestrian and cycle bridge and/or open space and park improvements related to the bridge.
January 7, 2010 – Notice of Study Completion
View Notice of Study Completion (PDF)
Environmental Project Report (PDF):
- Index of Appendices
- Appendices A, B
- Appendix C: Part 1, Part 2
- Appendices D, E, F
- Appendices G, H, I
- Appendices J, K, L
Please review the Fort York Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge Report to Executive Committee and City Council Decision (November 30, December 1, 2, 4 and 7, 2009).
Public Information Sessions
September 16, 2009
The second public information session was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Wellington on the Park, 15 Stafford Street.
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April 16, 2009
A public information session was held on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Niagara Public School.