Digital rendering of the Highland Creek Crossing, The Meadoway, c. 2019, Scarborough. Image: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
The Gatineau Hydro Corridor, c. 2019, Scarborough. Image: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Nature in the Gatineau Hydro Corridor, c. 2019, Scarborough. Image: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
A Green Future
Today, Eglington Avenue East is a community in transition. It will house five stops on a new Light Rail Transit (LRT) system projected to open in 2022, and there are four new neighbourhood redevelopment plans underway in the surrounding area. A mixture of mid- and low-level towers, as well as townhomes, will result in over 2500 new residential units. The city has encouraged developers to incorporate the new additions into the Golden Mile neighbourhood; to preserve its dynamic and unique history. There are three major parks proposed for the neighbourhood, as well as a series of green and public roofs, and every proposed plan is hoping to connect the developed land to this hydro corridor.
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A Green Future
A new environmental initiative by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, in partnership with the City of Toronto and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, will transform 16 km of the Gatineau Hydro Corridor (a provincial hydro line between the Bermondsey substation in Thorncliffe Park northeast to the city border in Rouge Park). Known as The Meadoway, the project will convert the corridor’s manicured grass into a meadow habitat, and will include a multi-use path for cycling and walking.This trail will encompass four ravines, 15 parks, 35 neighbourhoods and more than 500 acres of land. It will support the local biodiversity of the area and provide residents of the Golden Mile a place to slow down and connect with nature and each other. Plans include a community gardens, public gathering spaces, and even an outdoor classroom.