You probably didn’t know this, but the City of Toronto’s been working on a pretty comprehensive “ravine strategy.”
While ravine strategies in and of themselves invite little excitement, the first phase of Toronto’s such initiative should have you feeling green with glee.
Yesterday, it was announced that the city will soon be home to a sprawling 480-acre ‘super park’ stretching from Evergreen Brick Works south to the mouth of Lake Ontario.
The massive green space is part of the Don River Valley Park project, a multi-year public and private fundraising campaign launched last year by not-for-profit Evergreen in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority.
“Toronto was built around its ravines. They give the city a unique identity that has defined how our city has grown. This project allows us to celebrate our ravines, talk about the important role they play for our residents, our resilience and our quality of life,” said Mayor John Tory at the super park’s announcement.
“With the help of private donors, we will continue to make improvements to the Lower Don Valley like new way-finding signage and entry points that will help residents access and navigate this park.”
Landscape architects, designers, urban planners, City and Toronto Region Conversation Authority staff, artists and university students are all working together to blossom a “Don Valley Neighbourhood” around the park, which will serve as a backyard to more than 250,000 residents.
Pedestrian and bike paths throughout the Don Valley ravines will be constructed over the next four years as well.
As if you needed another reason to check out the Don Valley.