City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Natural Environment Specialist,
Natural Environment and Community Programs
Work: 416 392-7111
This site was last updated May 13, 2013
The Beltline Trail study was completed April 2013.
Five "Quick Start" projects have been identified as most feasible in the short term:
Further elements of the recommended solutions will be implemented depending on budget availability, required approvals and complimentary work in the area.
For further details, please see the complete Beltline Trail final report provided below.
Also see Frequently Asked Questions (Nov. 26, 2012) (PDF)
The Beltline Trail was originally constructed as a 1890s commuter steam railway line that circled the City, looping from Union Station up through North Toronto. The rail line was converted to multi-use trail in the end of the last century.
The Beltline Trail is currently heavily used by residents for hiking, running, cycling, dog-walking and passive recreation. The success of the trail has partly led to its current poor condition. Due to heavy use and improper drainage, parts of the trail have been widened by foot and bicycle traffic up to 6m which has contributed to the deterioration of adjacent naturalized areas. The Beltline trail was originally designed in segments contributing to its lack of continuity, poor road crossing treatments and lack of wayfinding.
The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Transportation Services have begun a study to look at state of good repair improvements to the Beltline Trail, including the section through Moore Park Ravine.
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This study examined the existing condition of the Beltline Trail and adjacent naturalized areas and provides prioritized conceptual design recommendations, along with associated costing that will guide future improvements to the trail. Throughout the study, efforts have been focussed on making improvements in the areas of safety, protection/restoration of the natural environment, accessibility, connectivity and user experience.
Public and stakeholder consultation played a significant role in the study and results from these meetings were considered and integrated within the final recommendations of this report.
In June 2012, the study hosted a small Stakeholder Working Session to introduce the project and gather some early input to help inform the study plan. Read Working Session Summary Report.
The first public meeting for this project was held on September 10, 2012. Below are the materials from the meeting (PDFs).
The results of the meeting and additional communications received have been compiled into the following:
An additional public meeting was held on October 2, 2012 for residents of the high density neighbourhood on Merton Street, which did not receive effective notification for the September 10 meeting. All presentation materials were the same as above. Read the October 2 meeting report
A second small Stakeholder Working Session was held on November 8, 2012. Participants provided feedback on early drafts of the guiding principles and design recommendations for the Beltline Trail. Read Working Session #2 Summary Report and Appendix .
The second set of public meetings took place on December 4 and 5, 2012.
Materials from both meetings:
The results of the meeting and have been compiled into the following:
For further information, read the Frequently Asked Questions document (Nov. 26, 2012)
Below is the complete study report, provided in 11 PDF files.
Table of Contents
6 - Typical Trail Conditions and Recommendations
7 - Trail Maps
8 - Street Crossings: Inventory and Recommendations