That looks nice. Some parts really only need the connections to be formalized: the break in the Humber trail is quite short and just needs a continuation of the paved section, while the MGT is only temporarily (I hope) out of commission in connection with the reworking of QQW, and I think the Lower Don trail will connect to the Athletes' Village anyway, once the tunnel under the tracks is re-opened. Connecting the Don trail to the hydro corridor might be tricky, though, since the part where the Don and the railway pass under the DVP doesn't leave a lot of room.
But the fact that this would connect all the Pan Am sites is really quite clever. If the loop can be closed using the Finch corridor trail, even better. I just hope this idea doesn't get sidelined/iced due to endless studies and assessments.
It is great that new groups of people are thinking about this and pushing for it. But this plan is not ambitious at all.
They are proposing paths through the (north) Humber Gap, the central waterfront, and the East Branch of the Don. But all of these projects are underway to at least some degree. Meanwhile they seem to be proposing a route through the Humber Marshes that is physically impossible.
IMO, some more useful connections (but not related to PanAm) would be:
- from Leaside Railpath to Betty Sutherland
- the (kiboshed) Scarborough Multi-Use Trails project
- Lower Don Trail to Rosedale Valley Rd
- the "Loblaws Gap" between Cedarvale Park and Nordheimer Ravine
- connect the West Toronto Railpath to absolutely anything
Still, big progress on this issue in the last 2 years. We can thank Rob Ford, oddly enough.