Today, Mayor David Miller and Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) unveiled the new Exploring Toronto’s Parks and Trails map – a free resource from Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation that encourages residents to discover the city’s parks, trails and ravines.
“The City of Toronto is committed to increasing opportunities for Toronto residents to become more active,” said Mayor David Miller. “We know the value in living a healthy lifestyle, and the Exploring Parks and Trails map is a terrific tool to help enhance the physical, psychological and social health of the people of Toronto.”
Features of the Exploring Toronto’s Parks and Trails map include updated trails and pathways that show clear connections between existing routes and suggestions for alternate routes between trails. As well, there is information on sun safety, the air quality health index and how to protect the trails and natural areas from damage. Plus, the map includes clearly labelled washrooms indicating location, physical accessibility and availability during the winter months.
A directory inside the map lists walking associations, trail clubs and naturalist groups across Toronto, as well as information needed to enquire about sports permits, donations for tree planting and park trail repair. Over 30 of Toronto’s most popular destinations are identified on the map, including contact information and location details.
“With more than 200 kilometres of recreational trails, and an additional 8,200 kilometres of sidewalks, there is much to explore in Toronto and one of the best ways to do it is on foot,” said Councillor Fletcher. “The new Exploring Toronto’s Parks and Trails map is a great way for Toronto residents to discover and enjoy our parks and trails system, in order to keep our city healthy.”
The new map was launched at the City’s first ever information fair dedicated exclusively to walking and hiking in the city. More than 30 local walking clubs were on hand to provide visitors with information and offer advice about walking opportunities in Toronto. Visitors were encouraged to walk and explore the nearby Don Trail on their own, or to sign up on-site for a free guided walking tour with the Bruce Trail club.
Copies of the map are now available at City Hall or the following civic centres: East York, Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. The map is also downloadable from www.toronto.ca/parks/maps.htm