Junction Community invites all Torontonians to join local residents and
leading Mayoral Candidates on a Jane’s Walk https://www.janeswalkfestivalto.com/creatinganewpark
through the West Scarborough Rail Trail on Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. to support
this critical project in one of the city’s fast-growing neighbourhoods as the
city approaches election day.
First proposed more than 50 years ago http://spacing.ca/toronto/2021/06/25/scarboroughs-first-bicycle-path-and-the-students-behind-it/, the West Scarborough Rail
Trail has garnered renewed interest from Scarborough Junction Community members
in 2022 due to an increase in planned and proposed development. The area will
see an influx of more than 50,000 new residents in the next few years, but progress
on the trail has all but stalled since a staff report in 2007.
“After decades of neglect, it’s time for
our elected officials to rescue this abandoned rail line and transform it into
usable public space, similar to The Junction’s popular West Toronto Railpath,”
said Misha Perozak, founder of the Scarborough Junction Community. “Current and
future west Scarborough residents need the trail, a park, and connections to
other pedestrian and cycling amenities to be a priority as the community
continues to grow.”
The Scarborough Junction Community’s vision
for the trail includes a multi-use pedestrian and cycling trail featuring
native plants and trees that connects the surrounding neighbourhoods to new and
existing parks, playgrounds, pollinator gardens, public transit, commercial
destinations, the Meadoway, and more.
The event will start at Warden Hilltop
Community Centre and feature 4 different hikes for all levels of hikers from a
1km Family Hike to an 8km Advanced Hike to the Meadoway. The hikes will take
approximately 20 to 90 minutes to complete and will go ahead rain or shine.
Warden Hilltop Community Centre is accessible by public transit via Warden
subway station or by car, with parking available at the community centre.
Jane’s Walk, Creating a New Park: West
Scarborough Rail Trail
Hosted by the Scarborough Junction
Saturday, May 6 from 2:00 – 3:30pm
Warden Hilltop Community Centre
25 Mendelssohn Street, Scarborough (map)
the Scarborough Junction Community
The SJC was formed in 2022 to identify the
impacts of development on the neighbourhood, and give residents a strong,
united voice to communicate their interests to politicians, city planners, and
developers with a focus on maintaining the integrity of the existing
neighbourhood and building toward a complete community for the future. To learn
more and join the association, please visit scarboroughjunction.org.