Big things are coming to Toronto.

Big things are coming to Toronto! What would you do with a 16km stretch of green space running all the way from Downtown Toronto to North America’s largest urban park? The Meadoway will be the city’s latest innovation in transformative public space, running from the Don River Ravine to Rouge National Urban Park in Scarborough. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to travel the entire length without ever leaving the park!

“As Canada’s cities continue to grow, we need to develop smarter ways to bring nature back into our neighbourhoods and our lives,” said Tamara Rebanks, the chair of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation’s conservation committee, in a news release.

According to Conservation authorities, this will become one of Canada’s largest linear urban parks, connecting four different ravines, 15 parks, 34 neighbourhoods, over 500 acres of land, and more than 1,000 diverse species of flora and fauna.
“The Meadoway will connect schools, businesses, hospitals, and underused parks and trails. Visitors and locals alike will be able to explore nature, grow their own food, go for a bike ride, birdwatch, or volunteer with their friends.” 

“By taking under-utilized infrastructure corridor and revitalizing it with plantings and new connections to the rest of the region, we are creating benefits for our natural world and the communities around The Meadoway,” reads a statement issued by TRCA CEO John MacKenzie.

According to a website set up for the project, “Over the next seven years, this site will turn into a place filled with butterflies, birds, and wildflowers. [This project will turn into a] rich meadow landscape realized on a scale never before seen in the history of Toronto.” 

What a great time to be living in Toronto!