Creating a New Park:
West Scarborough Rail Trail
By Sam Wong, Scarborough Junction Community
Saturday, May 6
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Theme: Architecture and Urban Planning, Environment and Sustainability, Transit and Accessibility, History and Community
Accessibility: Uneven terrain, Stairs or other barriers, Dog-friendly walk, Family-friendly walk
All residents of Toronto are invited to join the Scarborough Junction Community’s Jane’s Walk on the proposed West Scarborough Rail Trail. The trail follows a Hydro corridor and abandoned rail lines connecting to the Meadoway.
The walk starts and finishes at Hilltop Community Centre (25 Mendelssohn St, Scarborough, ON M1L 0G6. Parking at Warden Hilltop CC or the North Parking Lot of Warden Subway Station.)
First proposed more than 50 years ago by University of Toronto students, the West Scarborough Rail Trail has garnered renewed interest from Scarborough Junction Community members due to an increase in planned and proposed development in the area. The community will see an influx of more than 50,000 new residents in the next few years and they will need a place to recreate, relax and connect in natural surroundings.
The Scarborough Junction Community’s vision for the trail includes a multi-use pedestrian and cycling trail featuring native plants and trees that connects surrounding neighbourhoods to new and existing parks, playgrounds, pollinator gardens, public transit, commercial destinations, the Meadoway, and more. Come and explore this raw and little known trail and see parts of Scarborough from a perspective very few has seen.
Four walks of different distances will be offered to accommodate all levels of hiker:
1. Family Walk – 1 km hike/20min.
2. Novice Walk – 3 km/30 min. from Warden Hilltop to Birchmount Rd. and back.
3. Beginner Walk – 5 km/45 min. from Warden Hilltop to Kennedy Subway Station and back
4. Intermediate Walk – 8 km/90 min. from Warden Hilltop C.C. to the Meadoway and back
Walk Start Location: Warden Hilltop Community Centre by Warden Subway Station at Warden Av and St Clair Av. Group gathered by main entrance of Warden Hilltop Community Centre. Leader will have a clipboard.
Walk End Location: Warden Hilltop Community Centre.