The Beltline Trail study was completed April 2013.
Update - September 21, 2015
Here is the latest news on some the "Quick Start" projects that came from this study...
Formalize and Improve Safety at Street Crossings
Council has approved the installation of signals at Avenue Road and a pedestrian/cyclist refuge at Oriole Parkway and the Beltline Trail. The Avenue Road signal has hardware in place and the signal will soon be made active. The Oriole Parkway refuge is still in design.
Upgrade Trail Surface in Ravine and Improved Routing at Moore Avenue Access Point
Bank stabilization work continues along Mud Creek through Moore Park Ravine. As this work is completed, trail improvements are being planned and the trail surface is being improved. Detailed design of the Moore Avenue access point is scheduled for 2016 (construction date TBD).
Improve Condition of Minor Access points in Ravine
An improved natural surface trail entrance from the west side of the Heath Street bridge in Moore Park Ravine was constructed in 2014. The east side entrance will continue to be maintained as a construction access route for the work on Mud Creek.
Develop and Provide Upgraded Wayfinding Signage
Development of the Toronto Parks & Trails Wayfinding Strategy has begun. Phase One was completed in December 2014. This framework provides the necessary tools and approach for Phase Two – design and pilot implementation. Phase Two began in January 2015, and implementation is expected to be complete in summer 2016. Part of the wayfinding upgrades includes road markings (sharrows) installed between the Kay Gardner Trail and the York Beltline Trail.
Chorley Park Switchback Trail
The City continues to work with stakeholders to finalize a design for trail connections that best serve the needs of the local community and meets City obligations to provide infrastructure that is universally accessible. For the latest updates and materials from stakeholder meetings, visit toronto.ca/chorleytrail
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 Today
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).
- Meeting notice
- Stewardship Suggestions
- Typical Trail Conditions (drawings and photos)
- Context Map (key map to numbered maps below)
- Existing Conditions Maps 1 to 6
- Existing Conditions Maps 7 to 15
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:
- Meeting Notice
- Agenda and Worksheet
- Presentation Slides
- Display Panels
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
- 1 - Executive Summary
- 2 - Background And Study Area
- 3 - Related Studies, Guiding Documents And Initiatives
- 4 - Study Goals And Objectives
- 5 - Public Consultation And Guiding Principles
6 - Typical Trail Conditions and Recommendations
- Section A - Flat Granular Trail at Street Level
- Section B - Flat Granular Trail Below Street Level
- Section C - Recently-Installed Granular Trail (Adjacent Residential Buildings/Cemetery)
- Section D - Steep Asphalt Trail (Access to Ravine)
- Section E - Flat Compacted Granular Trail (Within Ravine)
- Section F - Undulating Narrow Granular Trail (Adjacent to Bayview Avenue)
- Section G - Flat Asphalt Trail (Within Ravine)
- Section H - Natural Surface Park Paths (Foot Paths)
7 - Trail Maps
- Map 01 Allen Road to Lawnhurst Boulevard
- Map 02 Lawnhurst Boulevard to Eglinton Avenue
- Map 03 Eglinton Avenue to Elmsthorpe Avenue
- Map 04 Elmsthorpe Avenue to Oriole Park
- Map 05 Oriole Park to Northwest Mount Pleasant Cemetery
- Map 06 Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Mount Pleasant Road
- Map 07 Southeast Mount Pleasant Cemetery to Heath Street East
- Map 08 Heath Street East to CP Rail Bridge
- Map 09 CP Rail Bridge to the Don Valley Brick Works Park
- Map 10 The Don Valley Brick Works Park
- Map 11 The Don Valley Brick Works Park to Glen Road
- Map 12 Glen Road to David A. Balfour Park
- Map 13 David A. Balfour Park to Rosehill Reservoir
- Map 14 Rosehill Reservoir to Heath Street East
- Map 15 Heath Street East to Southwest Mount Pleasant Cemetery
8 - Street Crossings: Inventory and Recommendations
- Old Park Road
- Bathurst Street
- Avenue Road
- Oriole Parkway
- Lascelles Boulevard
- Moore Avenue
- Mount Pleasant Road
- 9 - General Recommendations
- 10 - Ecological Inventory And Recommendations
- 11 - Prioritization and Costing
- 12 - Conclusion and Next Steps
- Appendix A: Stakeholder Map
- Appendix B: Meeting Summary Reports
- Appendix C: Cost Estimates
- Appendix D: Ecological Inventory And Recommendations (Supplementary Maps/Data)
- Appendix E: Glossary Of Terms And References