Crews have been hard at work all winter long in the Glen Stewart Ravine, and heavy equipment has finally moved out to reveal a new staircase, two bridges and a long boardwalk.
The project is aimed at solving the issues of aging staircases and failing retaining walls, as well as the flow of seepage water through the trail.
Construction commenced in September last year, and although the expected completion date was sometime in November, delays in material construction caused the project to be extended until the end of April this year.
Trail usage safety was a big priority during the project and, according to Ruthanne Henry, Urban Forestry Planner at City of Toronto, local police were consulted to ensure the trail was up to safety standards.
“The local police advised against putting a bench in the resting area,” said Henry.
The staircase, bridges, and boardwalk were constructed of hemlock decking and the railings are all brown in hopes of keeping a “wooden feel.”
“The new boardwalk helps define the path,” said Henry. It runs for several metres along Ames Creek.
Funded by the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, the project is expected to cost approximately $1 million by completion date.
A grand opening event has been scheduled for May 26 at 11 a.m. with the support of local councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon.