For those of us who love rusting steel, defunct bridges, underpasses and commuter rail lines along with a smattering of graffiti and wildlife (as in geese, ducks, frogs, etc.) TORONTO’s Lower Don Trail is ready-made.The Lower Don Trail is a key part of the Pan Am Path, a legacy project from the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. North, south, east and west, the Trail/Path runs through several communities and a variety of topographies – river glades, green parks, tunnels, under and over bridges, etc. Some sections are ugly – others strikingly beautiful.
TORONTO/2015, the Pan American & Parapan Games in July, will leave behind several government-funded legacy projects. Among them – the Cherry Street YMCA, two state-of-the-art aquatic centres, housing for George Brown College students, the new Don West neighbourhood and park, as well as the 84-kilometre (50-mile-long) Pan Am Path, connecting the far eastern and western suburbs with the inner city.
The Pan Am Path connects existing trails from the Claireville Reservoir, to the Humber Valley, Exhibition Place, the downtown waterfront to the Distillery District, West Don neighbourhood, up the Don River to Taylor-Massey Creek. The Path also branches off east, through the Gatineau Hydro Corridor, through Scarborough, Highland Creek, into Pickering, and back to the Lake Ontario shoreline.
<PHOTO ABOVE – Friends of the Pan Am Path>