Hopes are high. The 2017 city budget hasn’t been passed yet, but $275,000 has been pencilled in for the Green Line project, with another $300,000 for a community garden along the same route.
Right now, it’s a 5-kilometre-long hodgpodge of mostly empty spaces, street crossings, fences, level changes and railway underpasses.
It begins at MacPherson Avenue in Midtown, passes the Bridgman Transformer Station, the City Archives and the Tarragon Theatre, runs parallel to Dupont Street and north of the railway line, meanders west under a row of hydro pylons to Geary Avenue, and ends at Earlscourt Park.
Four years ago one neighbourhood resident had this to say: “The thought of having the area re-worked to include a bike path, trees, gardens, and more welcoming parks is like a dream come true! The neighbourhoods that the corridor cuts through would benefit greatly and I think it could foster a greater sense of community instead of dividing sections of the city as it currently does. The area is part residential, part industrial but has amazing potential for incorporating green space to be utilized by citizens both living and working in the area. BRING IT! and FAST! Please!”
Architects, landscape architects, planners, artists and community members are working to make the dream a reality.