Floor-breaking Initiative Will Remodel a Hydro Hall Into One in every of Canada’s Largest City Linear Parks
January 27, 2023, Toronto, Ontario — Stretching from the Don River in downtown Toronto to Rouge Nationwide City Park, The Meadoway is present process a major transformation to turn out to be a vibrant expanse of city greenspace and meadow habitat. The challenge, led by Toronto and Area Conservation Authority (TRCA) in partnership with the Metropolis of Toronto, is made doable via the help of the Weston Household Basis and now the Authorities of Canada.
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Setting and Local weather Change and Minister answerable for Parks Canada, introduced yesterday that over $1.05 million will probably be invested in The Meadoway challenge as a part of the Authorities of Canada’s effort to guard and improve vital pure areas in Ontario. TRCA’s Board Chair Paul Ainslie, Vice-Chair Dave Barton, Councillor Jamaal Myers, together with TRCA CEO John MacKenzie, represented TRCA on the announcement.
The Meadoway is 16 kilometres of under-utilized hydro hall that’s being revitalized into publicly accessible and ecologically numerous lands. The revolutionary city-building challenge will join 4 ravines, 15 parks, 34 neighbourhoods, over 200 hectares (500 acres) and greater than 1,000 numerous species of natural world. Constructing a brand new imaginative and prescient for city greenspaces, The Meadoway challenge will combine colleges, companies and different public facilities with underused parks and trails, creating stronger communities via entry to nature. It should function a blueprint for revitalization, a world-class instance of lively, linear greenspace and a precedent for future hydro hall restoration.
The Authorities of Canada launched a nature conservation marketing campaign with the aim of defending thirty % of Canada’s lands and waters by 2030. Protected lands assist to ensure future generations can get pleasure from the advantages that pure greenspaces present to their communities. The funding in Ontario’s pure areas will help habitat restoration work, ecological connectivity, engagement of Indigenous communities and entry to greenspace for Canadians in Ontario.
“The Meadoway challenge is a groundbreaking initiative reworking a hydro hall in Scarborough right into a vibrant 16-kilometre stretch of city greenspace. It could not be doable with out help from the Federal authorities, which has not solely been offered via the funds introduced right now, however via on-going partnerships with Parks Canada (Rouge Nationwide City Park), Infrastructure Canada, and Setting and Local weather Change Canada.”
— Paul Ainslie, Chair of TRCA’s Board of Administrators and Councillor for Metropolis of Toronto
“This funding will assist understand a significant naturalized hyperlink between Rouge Nationwide City Park and downtown Toronto, stitching collectively greater than 15 parks and greenspaces, seven watercourses, vacationer locations together with the Toronto Zoo, the longer term Rouge Park Customer Centre, employment centres, schooling services and transportation hubs. The Federal authorities help has been vital to leveraging the beneficiant help of the Weston Household Basis who’ve been the important thing funder of this ground-breaking initiative.”
— John MacKenzie, Chief Government Officer, TRCA
To be taught extra about The Meadoway challenge, go to themeadoway.ca.
About Toronto and Area Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Since 1957, Toronto and Area Conservation Authority (TRCA), as enabled via the provincial Conservation Authorities Act, has taken motion to reinforce our area’s pure surroundings and defend our land, water, and communities from the impacts of flooding and more and more excessive climate occasions – Ontario’s main explanation for public emergencies.
Because the area’s first line of defence towards pure hazards, TRCA maintains very important infrastructure and offers packages and providers that promote public well being and security, defending individuals and property.
TRCA mobilizes a science-based method to offer sound coverage recommendation, leveraging its place as a not-for-profit working within the broader public sector to realize collective impacts inside our communities and throughout all ranges of presidency.
TRCA’s jurisdiction consists of 9 watersheds and their Lake Ontario shorelines, spanning six upper-tier and fifteen lower-tier municipalities and representing nearly 5 million individuals, roughly 10% of Canada’s inhabitants.
To be taught extra about TRCA, go to trca.ca.
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Toronto and Area Conservation Authority (TRCA)