Saturday, March 10, 2012

BMX Bicycle Parkette Slated for Ellis at Lake Shore

Toronto BMX bicycle Riders to Get New Parkette

The Sales Office for Park Lake Residences is being returned to the City of Toronto; Parks and Recreation. Construction (demolition) will begin shortly to create a BMX bicycle park on the narrow strip of land that is adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway and parallel with Lake Shore Blvd West at Ellis Avenue.

BMX riders who have built ramps and jumps at High Park at the south duck pond have created concerns about environmental damage and has resulted in complaints at City Hall.

Until last year, there had been jumps and ramps inside High Park near the duck pond just steps from Queensway at Parkside Drive. The area is an ecologically significant area, according to the city. In May, the informal, freestyle cycling area was dismantled by the city with help from members of different First Nations communities. With shovels and rakes in hand, they restored what is known to them as Snake Mound, a sacred burial ground. The area has been replanted and fenced off and is currently being monitored for any further cycling activity.

Hosted by the City of Toronto, the meeting attracted riders of all ages from across Toronto and beyond to the Rousseau Room of the Swansea Town Hall. "We can design from the ground up," said Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, who expressed her excitement for the project. "We can do something amazing here."

Are there any plans posted of the tract or parkette? How far will this extend East? Will they provide a parking lot for the bicyclists?


Paolo Vernom said...

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David Pylyp said...

Bicycle Park Update

Announcing the Sunnyside Bike Park
Toronto, ON (June 12, 2012) - The City of Toronto has commissioned Jay Hoots, the most experienced bike park designer in North America, to design a new bike park that will run parallel to the north side of Lakeshore Boulevard between Colborne Lodge Road and Ellis Avenue in the western beaches.
The park has been designed to offer progressively difficult challenges and opportunities for off-road cycling skill building. It includes: a skills trail, pumptracks, a wide variety of jump lines and a large drop and wall ride. Amenities such as benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains and family areas have been planned to make the park an ideal destination for families and people who have yet to try off-road cycling.