Trails & Nature

Lower Don Trail

Lower Don Trail

The Lower Don Trail is a 4.7 kilometre section of multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists that runs along the Don River, from Pottery Road to Corktown Commons. 

The Lower Don Valley is home to a wide array of plant and animal species, some part of  sensitive ongoing natural habitat restoration. Revitalization is ongoing.

Access, Environment + Art Master Plan

In 2012-2013 the City of Toronto commissioned a Master Plan for the Lower Don Trail that could guide the development of this increasingly well-used parkland resource.  The goals of the plan are:

  • To recommend strategies to improve environmental protection and access, and consider possibilities for public art in the lower Don River valley lands.
  • To provide a long-term strategy to establish a theme, create positive user experiences and improve access.
  • To incorporate all existing studies, plans and initiatives in the study area.

The Lower Don Trail Master Plan will inform future recreation planning initiatives in the Lower Don Valley and will clarify the City's priorities for improvements in the area.

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For more information, please send an email to trails@toronto.ca

The Don Landing is an under-utilized triangle of land, bounded by the rail tracks to the West and South and the Don River to the East. It is connected, via the Bala Underpass, to the award winning Corktown Commons, and serves as a Trailhead for the Lower Don Trail, which connects South to the Waterfront Trail and North to the Lower Don Parklands.

Don Landing and trail as it exists today (2016)Urban Forestry is conducting a Conceptual and Detailed Design exercise to redesign the Don Landing, integrating the spaces required for the various uses of this site into a place that is safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. The City has identified a need for a donor recognition feature for Lower Don Valley project partners, and other stakeholder requests include space for public art, rest areas, interpretive signage and improved biodiversity of plantings.

The following Concept sketches, illustrating Options A & B in plan and perspective, were presented at the recent Public Consultation Meeting, held at Regent Park Community Centre on June 9th. The next step in the process is to finalize the preferred design and proceed to detailed construction drawings. If you have any questions or comments on the proposed designs please contact Julia Murnaghan at jmurnag@toronto.ca.

  

Don Landing Conception Design Option A - Plan View

Option A – Don Landing Conceptual Design – Plan View

Don Landing Conceptual Design Option A - Perspective View

Option A – Don Landing Conceptual Design – Perspective View

Don Landing Conceptual Design Option B – Plan View

Option B – Don Landing Conceptual Design – Plan View

Don Landing Conceptual Design Option B – Perspective View

Option B – Don Landing Conceptual Design – Perspective View


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