Humber Bay Shores Trail Improvement Update - May 2017


As the warm weather approaches, safety on the Waterfront Trail is more important than ever. I continue to work with 22 Division Toronto Police, residents' associations, City Parks staff and local residents to address concerns regarding speeding cyclists along the trail.

Beginning May 29, 2017, a contractor has been deployed on-site to begin work on the Humber Bay Shores Trail Improvement Project.

The Trail Improvements will occur in two distinct phases:

Phase 1 – Spring/Summer 2017

Paving, Planting, Seating and circulation improvements at two key trail intersection/plaza areas:

1.     Palace Pier Court

2.     Humber Bay Park East Entrance – East Side

Phase 2 – Fall 2017 / Spring 2018

Paving, Planting, Seating and circulation improvements between the two trail intersection/plaza areas completed in Phase 1.

Improvements will include but not be limited to:


o    Demolition of existing plaza area and trail paving

o    Removal of some naturalized plantings

o    Tree removals: 20 -25 at each plaza area (Palace Pier Court and the Humber Bay park Entrance) Important Note: New tree plantings will replace tree removals when project is completed.

Trail Improvements:

o    Realignment and regrading of pathways to improve safety and address trail use

o    Improved 3m wide heavy duty asphalt Multi-use Trail

o    Improved 1.2m paved buffer zone between the Multi-use Trail and new Pedestrian Trail

o    New 2.5m Pedestrian Only Pathway

 Other Improvements:

o    New bench seating

o    Relocated "Bursa" sculpture

o    New seating walls to define the plaza areas and allow for improved grading through the plaza areas

o    New Planting: Trees and shrubs as well as new naturalized areas

o    Regulatory signage and pavement markings



Phase 1 work is scheduled to commence at the end of May and completed in July, weather permitting.

Detour Routes:

Since this work is planned throughout the park and will impact the existing park uses and trail circulation, detour routes around the construction areas have been established.  The contractor will maintain safe access around the two areas at all times.

Public Notification:

Public notification of work is being provided in the following manner:

·         Signs are being provided to the contractor and posted on site including; construction signage, detour signage and trail etiquette signage.

·         311 and PFR websites have been updated

·         Cycling Infrastructure web-page will be updated

Project Contact:

Questions or concerns:

Lori Ellis, Senior Project Coordinator, Landscape Architect

Parks Development and Capital Projects