Final paving of affected trail segments, especially at Pottery Road and the Belleville Underpass, is scheduled to take place the week of September 18. This section of the trail is currently closed and will be used by heavy equipment during this time. Please stay off the closed portion of the trail, between Riverdale footbridge and Pottery Road, until the reopening on September 23. Paid-duty police officers will be on site to control access.
The Lower Don Trail reopening will include:
- New connection to the Bayview Multi-Use Trail over the new Pottery Road trail bridge
- New, wider, safer trail tunnel at the Belleville Underpass
- New art installations in the Lower Don Parklands, just north of the Bloor Viaduct, in partnership with Evergreen
- New trail signage as part of the Parks and Trails Wayfinding Pilot.
The reopening is part of Ravine Days, a weekend of events planned for September 23 and 24. Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate and enjoy Toronto’s beautiful ravine network during Ravine Days. Featured events include:
- Activities along the Lower Don Trail
- Launch of Evergreen’s new Don River Valley Park Art Program in Lower Don Trail
- Harvest Day at the Toronto Botanical Garden
- Harvest Festival at Todmorden Mills
- Tree Planting in Cedarvale Park
On September 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ravine Days events on the Lower Don will include food, games, activities, and music at three stops: the Cloverleaf, Riverdale Park East, and the Don Landing. Bring yoga mats for free yoga at Riverdale.
All Ravine Day activities are listed at toronto.ca/ravines.
Ravine Days will coincide with the presentation of the Ravine Strategy to City Council’s Executive Committee for approval on September 26, and subsequently to City Council on October 2-4. The final strategy will build on the draft principles that were released for public feedback in June 2016, and will provide a framework for collaboration between City divisions and agencies moving forward.
Thank you again for your patience as we worked through many issues during construction to arrive at this important moment in the history of the Lower Don Trail.
We hope to see you September 23 and onwards. Enjoy the trail!