The proposed plan for the massive linear park connects downtown to Rouge National Urban Park

Toronto is the city of dreams and ambitions. The city has a unique personality with the right mix of chaos and bliss. Currently, the city is running high on ambitions with several big-budget transformation programs in the pipeline. 

After laying out plans to transform unused Port Lands into the futuristic Villiers island, Toronto is all set to welcome a 16-kilometer linear park. The project called ‘The Meadoway‘ plans on utilizing unoccupied barren lands and turning them into a humungous linear park that will connect the Don River ravine to Rouge National Urban Park at Scarborough.

The Meadoway is backed by The City of Toronto, Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation with an aim to give a lush, urban green space to the city. According to the reports, this project is set to be one of Canada’s largest linear parks combining 15 parks, 34 neighborhoods, 4 ravines and thousands of species of flora & fauna over the expanse of 500 acres.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release of The Meadoway: The Meadoway will connect schools, businesses, hospitals and underused parks and trails across Scarborough. Visitors and locals alike will be able to explore nature, grow their own food, go for a bike ride, birdwatch, or volunteer with their friends. 

The estimated cost of the entire project is said to be around $85 million and it will be completed over a span of 7 years. Though the budget for the project is really steep,  the good news is that 40% of the total budget has already been pledged. While the W. Garfield Weston Foundation will be contributing $25 million, The City of Toronto has agreed to shell out $6.3 million.

If everything goes as planned, Toronto will have a 16 km linear park by 2026. Torontonians, get ready to enjoy this lush, urban green space. Exciting times ahead for the good folks of the city!