October 18, 2016 8:17 am
Updated: October 18, 2016 11:42 am

Private donors step up for Lower Don ravine super park project

Artist rendition of a portion of Don River Valley Park.

Jordan Duke/Don River Valley Park

Mayor John Tory announced further details Tuesday to create a ravine “super park” in Toronto at the Lower Don, including private donor support for the project.

The city says the ravine super park in the Lower Don is a massive green space spanning from Evergreen Brick Works south to the mouth of Lake Ontario.

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“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,” Tory said. “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.”

The super park is part of a plan to revitalize the Don River and have it transformed into an urban park.

“The Don River Valley Park will restore and enhance the natural environment, build connections, improve access for everyone and generate cultural activity,” a description on a website dedicated to informing the public on the project said. “It will draw tourists to Toronto and stimulate economic activity and investment.”

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The plan includes improving access points by creating cycling and pedestrian walkways, building art displays along trails and enhancing the forest canopy.

The design process will encompass three zones: an urban, park and natural zone.

The Evergreen Brick Works, located on the northern zone of the Don Valley, will also play an integral part in the transformation.

The Don Valley Brick Works Park is currently under construction with a new north entrance trail expected to be complete by Spring 2017.

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