In order to make the trail connection safe and protect the sensitive ecology of the adjacent ravine, Parks, Forestry and Recreation initiated a trail improvement project in Chorley Park in 2011. The final design work for the new trail connection has now been completed and construction is expected to begin in late summer 2017.
This trail will connect Chorley Park to the Beltline Trail and will provide an accessible trail to the Don valley Brick Works Park and the Lower Don Trail system from the west side of the valley.
The public input process was very important in designing the trail. There has been extensive public consultation on the plan, which has resulted in nine modifications from the original design, and the final design will create a trail which will balance the needs of all users.
Construction is expected to begin in August. Tree and shrub planting on the site will take place once construction is complete.
A natural surface trail for hiking in the forested area will be retained. Removal of the existing staircase and trails in this area and construction of a new dirt trail is scheduled for 2018-2019.
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. The trail has been improved through input from the community.
Expect to see new construction signs posted and flyer notices distributed this summer, with construction work anticipated to begin in late summer of 2017 and completed by the end of the year.