This year, the City of Toronto will be developing a City of Toronto Natural Environment Trail Strategy to protect the City of Toronto’s natural areas while offering safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for all natural environment/dirt trail users. These trails are well-used by hikers, dog-walkers, and mountain bikers, and are highly valued as an important part of the recreational trail network.
Outside of Crothers Woods in the Lower Don Valley, there has been limited management of informal natural environment trails throughout the City’s natural areas and ravine lands and we want to change that.
The first step in an effective trail management system is to determine what trails exist and what state they are in. From 2008 to 2010, Natural Environment & Community Programs mapped the informal trail system throughout the City of Toronto’s major watersheds and natural areas. More than 300 km of informal, natural-surface trails were charted. Significant areas of environmental degradation, erosion, and a large number of unauthorized structures and trail features were discovered.
In 2012, through extensive data collection and community engagement, the City of Toronto will be developing a Natural Environment Trail Strategy that will identify the opportunities, constraints, planning, policies and management strategies required ensure the protection of the City of Toronto’s natural areas while offering safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for all natural environment trail users.”
To take the survey on our trail network please see: http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/pfr/naturesurvey.nsf/survey?openform
To learn more about the trail network in Toronto please see: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/engagement/trails/