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Who bikes to the end of a cup-de-sac and then turns around the other way? A bit funny that they would do this a year or two before just paving it through into Lower Garrison Creek Park, but that's annual budgeting for you.

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Seem like this is now called Lower Garrison Creek Park? From Cressy's latest newsletter:

Lower Garrison Creek Park
Before Toronto was a large city, the location of Fort York was chosen to sit at the mouth of Garrison Creek. Although today the waterfront has moved far south of Fort York with artificial landfilling, and the course of Garrison Creek is mostly buried, you can still see evidence of where it used to flow in the valleys of Trinity Bellwoods Park and Christie Pits Park.
Lower Garrison Creek Park is a new park planned to exactly where the historic outlet of Garrison Creek used to meet Lake Ontario – today it is the vacant plot of land just north of the Fort York library branch. The park will reinterpret that lost landscape and form a critical link in our local parks system. From the west, it will connect to Fort York, the Bentway, and via two new bridges over the rail corridor to Liberty Village and the future West Toronto Railpath extension. From the east, it will connect to Northern Linear Park and Rail Deck Park. The new park will reach underneath the heritage Bathurst Street Bridge to knit together both sides.



The design of Lower Garrison Creek Park is dynamic and innovative. The Panorama Lookout will provide high views over the park to Fort York and the downtown skyline, recreating the former promontory landform that used to mark the mouth of Garrison Creek. Down in the main body of the park, a limestone "shingle beach" and marsh-like area will be a play space for children that reflects the pre-urban environment in the area.
The new park is fully funded with $11 million set aside for design and construction. Design coordination work is underway with Rail Deck Park right now, which will be continuous with the north edge of Lower Garrison Creek Park.

 

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Meanwhile, Joe's still rockin' the Rail Deck Park beat.
Yup, and I sure do hope that "Design coordination work is underway with Rail Deck Park right now..." doesn't mean construction of this park is getting held up by the planning of a park that will never happen.
 

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Yup, and I sure do hope that "Design coordination work is underway with Rail Deck Park right now..." doesn't mean construction of this park is getting held up by the planning of a park that will never happen.
Definitely is, considering funding was approved, and construction was supposed to start years ago.

Thanks for all the updates @ADRM!
 

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Feels like one of those "naturalized" parks that's one step up from being an overgrown brownfield lot.

Will need some level of maintenance to make sure nature grows where it's supposed to.
 

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Any word on when this is going to start construction? I understand it was originally going to start in 2018, but I presume integration with the Rail Deck Park has prevented tendering work?
 

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There's some construction activity at the end of the Northern linear park, east of the Bathurst st bridge. Does anyone know if it's related to this project?
 

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