A new and improved plan for the Chorley Park Trail Connection is moving forward, with construction expected to be completed in 2017.
The new plan is the outcome of extensive public consultation, including the public meeting in June 2014, three meetings of the specifically formed 30 person Stakeholder Working Group in 2014-15, a meeting with people with disabilities in January 2015(PDF), and several meetings and communications with local Resident Associations, Friends of Chorley Park, and local Councillors.
The new plan includes many community requested features that are significantly different then original plans presented in 2013 and 2014 .
Primarily, instead of just one paved switchback, the plan now includes two trail connections:
- A natural surface footpath for hiking in the forested area (similar to the foot trails that exist today)
- An asphalt switchback with a gradual slope (which meets accessibility obligations)
Original Plan (2013-14)
3m wide switchback trail with very visible retaining wall on upslope and fencing throughout
Revised Plan (2015)
Natural surface footpath
2m wide switchback trail with hidden retaining walls on downslope and minimum fencing
As well as retaining a natural surface footpath, many changes were made to the switchback trail design:
- Added five rest areas, with seating where possible
- Reduced trail width from 3 meters to 2 metres, which will feel like about 1.6 metres once vegetation grows into the shoulders of the trail
- Minimized visible retaining walls (original very visible on the upslope next to the trail, now positioned almost exclusively on the downward slope where they will be mostly hidden by vegetation
- Reduced fencing, from 100% of the trail to about 15% of the trail (only locations required by Building Code)
- Reduced trail length from 535 metres to 375 metres
- Introduced a bioswale to improve stormwater management at the base of the hill, making the Beltline Trail drier and more reliable in this area
- Recommended stone material for the one set of shortcut stairs connecting to the switchback
- Reintroduced and rerouted a trail connection between the top of the trail and the sidewalk, travelling southwest along the slope ridge connecting to the existing legacy driveway
For full details and plan drawings see:
For a more accessible version, read a text only description
See other tabs above for all the materials and summaries of the public meetings and Stakeholder Working Group meetings that lead to this final design concept.
The City would like to thank all the volunteers who dedicated many hours to participate in the consultations and we appreciate everyone's patience during the months it took to realize this new plan.
Expect to see new construction signs posted and flyer notices distributed this summer, with construction work anticipated to begin in the fall of 2016 and completed in early 2017.