Railpath extension and green noise wall events in late June

The rail corridor is a defining feature of Sorauren Park, and two upcoming events may inspire you to embrace the corridor in new ways… never mind the cancer trains!

As part of the corridor’s expansion to accommodate approximately 200 diesel trains per day in 2015 instead of the current 50 or so, Metrolinx is planning to build noise walls taller than the Berlin Wall in certain areas, including the park. While the walls may be warranted in some areas, many people are opposed to Metrolinx’s plan, especially when it shows images of vinyl and concrete wall examples that would be graffiti bombed in about two seconds.

On Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m., Perth Avenue Housing Co-Op, 120 Perth Avenue, Brown & Storey Architects will outline a green alternative. Come out to embrace the rail corridor with green ideas, pathways and bridges rather than walls!

An exciting development on the other side of the corridor is the planned extension of the West Toronto Railpath south from its current terminus at Dundas Street West, down to the Strachan Avenue area with a possible connection to the planned Fort York pedestrian and cycle bridge, which would link to the waterfront.

On June 26, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at New Horizons Tower, 1140 Bloor St. W. at Dufferin, there will be a drop-in-style open house to introduce the public to the West Toronto Railpath Extension Study. The possibility of a bridge to Sorauren Park is also up for discussion. Be still our beating hearts!

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