The city of Toronto announced their plans to extend the Martin Goodman waterfront trail into the east end this summer. The extension, named Baselands Trail, will stretch all the way to Cherry Beach, and will be ideal for walking, running or cycling with panoramic waterfront views.
The trail will also run through the Outer Harbour Marina and into Tommy Thompson Park, a park made up of lagoons and peninsulas that are home to over 18 species of birds.
Construction for Baselands Trail extension will start in mid-July, and will be done in a "very respectful way" to minimize the impact on the environment. Baselands Trail is expected to be fully finished by November.
For 34 years, this incomplete section of the trail forced pedestrians to get off the secluded path and cross through a busy and dangerous intersection. Mayor Tory said that this extension project "has taken more time than it should have."
City Counsellor Paula Fletcher says that the trail will direct people "off a dangerous road full of large trucks and onto a beautiful and safe passage from Leslie Street to the Cherry Street beaches area."
The extension to the 20 kilometre trail will include several rest stops, and will be shaded by tall native trees and greenery. Once complete, the Martin Goodman trail provide waterfront access from the Humber Bay Arch Bridge in the west end, all the way through to the city's beautiful east-end beaches.
Source: City of Toronto