Toronto to finally complete gap in waterfront trail this summer

Photo:   booledozer

Photo: booledozer

Better late than never. 

Toronto is finally getting around to completing the Martin Goodman Trail more than two decades after it first opened.

Filling in a section of the Martin Goodman Trail along Unwin Ave. will complete the last link of the 20 km cycling and walking trail along Toronto's waterfront from the western to the eastern beaches. 

The trail will be located along the south side of Unwin Avenue, north of Tommy Thompson Park, in an area known as the Baselands, and will stretch from Outer Harbour Marina Road to Leslie Street.

"The Martin Goodman Trail connects people to vibrant neighbourhoods and parks along our city's waterfront," said Mayor Tory in a press announcement over the weekend. "This construction will complete the trail giving pedestrians and cyclists a safe option to access our waterfront."

"Once the missing link is completed, it will move trail users off a dangerous road full of large trucks and onto a beautiful and safe passage from Leslie Street to the Cherry Street beaches area," said Councillor Fletcher.

The completely separated multi-use and accessible trail will improve pedestrian and cyclist safety along the waterfront. Features will include a resting area, habitat enhancements, low-impact stormwater management features, and native trees and shrubs.

Construction will begin in mid-July and is expected to be completed by November.