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Davenport Diamond Greenway Engagement – November 29 to December 13

The Davenport community will have two upcoming opportunities to engage on the Davenport Greenway project. 

The first will be during a 2 week period between November 29 – December 13, where community members will be able to download a PDF presentation, read about the updates for the design development work on the Davenport Greenway project and post your questions. View the December 13th live event page.

Presentation Materials

View of the Greenway looking north at the connection to Campbell Park showing the upper Guideway, the Multi Use Trail, pollinator landscape gardens, pathways and seating ‘rafts

A typical cross-section view of the Greenway looking south, showing the upper Guideway, and paths, Multi-Use Trail and pollinator gardens. Trellis screens with vines and signage beacon are shown in the distance, along with the exit stair for the upper Guideway.

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Anonymous's avatar

The explanation provided is unclear in terms of how the construction will affect Davenport Village Park and the surrounding community? From the little information available, it seems like it could be immensely detrimental in terms of noise, visual pollution and security.

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 09:10

There will be at least one direct connection made from the Greenway multi-use trail to Davenport Village Park. The details of this connection are currently being developed as part of the design for the Greenway project. It is anticipated that temporary easement(s) on City owned land may be required for this work.

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Anonymous's avatar

This rendering is missing much of what was originally promised to the community. Will there be swings, a play area for kids, dog park, wooden seating areas, tables, grafitti coating on pillars, or metal cladding on the pedestrian bridge at Dupont?

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Dec 16, 2021 - 09:11

The Davenport Greenway Project will include sustainably designed green spaces, new east-west connections, a new multi-use trail, pedestrian bridge, pedestrian underpass, and enhanced connections to transit. Swings, play area, and tables will not be part of the Public Realm project because many those amenities are already provided in Erwin Krickhahn and Campbell Parks. Metrolinx will be providing an area for a future dog park. The implementation of a dog park will be subject to maintenance agreement with the City. Metrolinx has graffiti management guidelines that are in line with what is carried out by most municipalities and transit agencies across North America. We have identified a range of graffiti deterrence strategies that we will be exploring in the design of the Greenway project. For the elevated guideway project, we are employing a strategy to manage graffiti through the application of a pigmented coating that would be re-applied as required.

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Are there plans in the works to connect the Davenport Diamond Greenway with the West Toronto Railpath and with the Bloor bike lanes? The current proposal doesn't show anything south of Bloor nor how people will access the start of the trail.

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Dec 16, 2021 - 09:12

The connection to the Multi-Use Trail (MUT) from Wade Avenue south across Bloor Street to the West Toronto Railpath extension is part of the Bloor-Lansdowne GO Station Transit Project.

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One of the beautiful things about the West Toronto Railpath is that it creates a safe route for cyclists and pedestrians to cross major streets, via bridges. This path ends abruptly at Davenport (I think...). It would be wonderful to span Davenport to encourage future northward expansion of this trail and safer passage to Earlscourt Park.

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Dec 16, 2021 - 09:16

Due to existing Hydro Lines, it is not feasible to have a pedestrian bridge over Davenport Road to connect the Multi-Use Trail (MUT) directly to Earlscourt Park - the MUT will have direct connection to Davenport Rd. Also, in the future, It is expected that the MUT will be connected to the City of Toronto Green Line linear park system planned for the hydro corridor.

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Dec 1, 2021 - 11:06

Is there an opportunity to incorporate the ideas from the community consultations? All of the public art is gone, plus the seating and gathering spaces. Proper lighting is a huge concern for safety at night. I know the Metrolinx team wanted all of this too. What are some steps to get back there?

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Dec 17, 2021 - 15:30

Community consultations were the foundation of the design proposals for Davenport Diamond Greenway project dating back to 2015. We have incorporated many ideas put forward by community members during each phase and iteration of the project. We continue to seek out feedback on the proposals that are being developed as part of the detailed design. The landscape and gathering spaces are still part of the project. Lighting is a key feature of the Greenway project. Safety, security, and minimization of light trespass to adjacent properties are principles underpinning the lighting design for the project. The Public Art program is no longer within the Metrolinx mandate, but we are open to discussions with community groups and other interested parties regarding local community art and mural initiatives.

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Nov 29, 2021 - 23:01

Will the ramps to Dupont be designed to accommodate cyclists as well as pedestrians? This is an important connection, especially given that there will be no access at Lappin.

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Dec 16, 2021 - 14:53

The proposed ramps to Dupont will accommodate pedestrians with accessibility consideration. Cyclists are required to dismount when using the elevated sidewalk, similar to other City of Toronto ramps and sidewalks.

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Dec 1, 2021 - 12:03

A square at Wallace Avenue was previously proposed on both beside and below the Guideway, to enable community-building and social engagement year-round. The cross section at Wallace in the presentation does not show this. Why has this been removed?

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Dec 16, 2021 - 14:54

Wallace Square is still an integral and important part of the Davenport Diamond Greenway project. It was not highlighted in the current presentation because the design is currently being developed.

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Nov 29, 2021 - 23:08

The presentation only shows the plans for the Campbell Park to CP bridge segment. Has the remainder of the greenway been designed as well? Can designs be shared for the southern segment (Wade to north of Wallace) and the segment north of the CP bridge?

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 14:55

The consultants working on the Davenport Diamond Greenway project are currently developing detailed designs for the entire length of the public realm project. Metrolinx will share the design for these elements as they become available.

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Will the issue with the landowner on the east side of the tracks be resolved before work begins? A recent letter from our MPP indicated that the landowner would welcome this connection.

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:06

There will be direct connection from the multi-use trail to Antler Street to the west of the Davenport Diamond project. The intention for Campbell Park is for the new landscaping to provide a seamless transition from the park to the multi-use trail. With respect to a connection east to Lappin Avenue, Metrolinx will not be acquiring additional private properties to make this connection. Metrolinx can only expropriate land required for the construction of new transit infrastructure.

Once the multi-use trail is complete there will be opportunities along the east side of the rail corridor for connections to private properties and adjacent streets. Metrolinx is committed to designing the multi-use trail and Antler connection in a way that will seamlessly connect to a future pedestrian pathway at Lappin, be it a City-initiated easement or Site Plan requirement for this connection. 

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 29, 2021 - 20:16

This area is rife with graffiti. Why are the columns and benches made of cement? This building material is just about the worst thing you could use here.

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:08

Material choices were made to ensure long term durability with minimal long-term maintenance. The objective is for the make sure that the Greenway and Guideway look good for decades to come. The Greenway project features more plant material. Concrete columns are part of the elevated guideway structural supports and provide enhanced durability and minimize long-term maintenance. This is the optimal material and structural solution to the construction of the Guideway. Bench materials have not yet been finalized however durability and maintenance will be key factors in the final design.  The Metrolinx standard graffiti management strategy is to apply a pigmented coating to vulnerable surfaces. This is in line with the standard practices used by municipalities and transit agencies across North America. Graffiti would be overpainted with a colour-matched coating as part of the ongoing maintenance of the guideway. These coatings have been considered and have become an integral part of the design concepts for the Guideway project.

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Who will manage the long term care for the landscaping?

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:09

Metrolinx will maintain the landscape and plantings within the boundaries of our property. The landscape and plantings are being designed to be largely self-sustaining. Stormwater will be managed and used to supplement rainfall. Plantings will be native, non-invasive, drought tolerant species. The objective is to create a pollinator habitat to support insects and birds and promote local biodiversity.

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Anonymous's avatar
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:09

Nice so far, but the deck does not depict certain parts of the greenway, e.g., the Paton Rd crossing and its link to Erwin Park, the vital corridor at Wallace (except in section), and the Wade Ave. connection. The path seems to stop at Wade. Also, how will the multi-use path look astride the MSE wall? I assume these are still on the drawing board?

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:10

The design of the Greenway project is currently be developed so the material in the presentation does not illustrate the entire scope of the project. The connection through the Paton Road tunnel to Erwin Krickhahn Park and Rankin Crescent is part of this project. The design for Wallace Square is being developed to tie the Greenway project to the commercial heart of the neighbourhood. The connection to the Multi-Use Trail (MUT) from Wade Avenue south across Bloor Street to the West Toronto Railpath extension is part of the Bloor-Lansdowne GO Station Transit Project. 

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Anonymous's avatar
Dec 6, 2021 - 21:58

Will there be a connection to Davenport Village Park? This is an important connection I believe it would be beneficial for the community.

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:11

There will be at least one direct connection made from the Greenway multi-use trail to Davenport Village Park. The details of this connection are currently being developed as part of the design for the Greenway project.

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Nov 29, 2021 - 22:52
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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:11

The width of the multi-use trail conforms to the City of Toronto guidelines and will be a minimum of three (3) meters wide.

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Anonymous's avatar

The overhead electrical wires will be another important visual cue along the entire stretch.

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:12

The Davenport Diamond Grade Separation scope is only providing the enabling infrastructure for the future electrification project. The overhead catenary system and catenary wires are part of a separate project to electrify the rail corridor. We have included specifications into that project that provide for a special finish to the catenary support poles along the Davenport Diamond Guideway.

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Anonymous's avatar

There is nothing green about the bridge. All concrete surfaces that will be sprayed and tagged before the first diesel train runs on it. What is preventing Metrolinx from planting Boston Ivy or Virginia Creeper to grow and cover the underside of the bridge?

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:17

Concrete columns provide enhanced durability and minimize long-term maintenance. This is the optimal material and structural solution to the construction of the Guideway. Bench materials have not yet been finalized however durability and maintenance will be key factors in the final design.  The Metrolinx standard graffiti management strategy is to apply a pigmented coating to vulnerable surfaces. Graffiti would be overpainted with a colour-matched coating as part of the ongoing maintenance of the guideway. These coatings have been considered and have become an integral part of the design concepts for the Guideway project.

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Anonymous's avatar
Dec 7, 2021 - 12:09

Will the bridge over the CP tracks connect to the existing pathway on the west side of Davenport Village? Or will the only connection to the village be at Davenport?

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Metrolinx
Dec 17, 2021 - 14:55

There will be at least one direct connection made from the Greenway multi-use trail to Davenport Village Park. The details of this connection are currently being developed as part of the design for the Greenway project. 

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A Davenport Village connection will not only serve the existing adjacent community, but also the community to the east and the buildings just breaking ground.

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:13

There will be at least one direct connection made from the Greenway multi-use trail to Davenport Village Park. The details of this connection are currently being developed as part of the design for the Greenway project.

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Dec 9, 2021 - 13:59

When is the project scheduled to be completed?

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Metrolinx
Dec 17, 2021 - 14:57

The project is expected to go to tender in the Fall/Winter of 2022, with construction following the completion of the Davenport Guideway in 2023.

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Anonymous
Dec 1, 2021 - 11:07

Metrolinx greed is on full display here. They're trying to squeeze every last drop of public funds out of the city for their land that is crucial for the expansion of the West Toronto Railpath nextdoor. Now they're presenting a version of the Davenport "Green"way that drastically reduces promised community benefits. Our community sees the lies.

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Metrolinx
Dec 17, 2021 - 15:00

The benefits to the community that are part of the current design for the Greenway, now entering the detailed design phase, are substantively similar to what has been proposed dating back to the Toronto Residents’ Reference Panel process in 2015. The Davenport Diamond Greenway will bring benefits comparable to those generated on West Toronto Railpath plus others that are unique to this project. As for the budget for this project, it has no impact on other City of Toronto led initiatives such as the West Toronto Railpath Extension. The Greenway funding in no way diminishes the potential benefits to the community of that project. We expect that the Greenway project will catalyse socio-economic changes in the neighbouring communities and bring significant long-term amenities to local residents.

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Anonymous
Dec 1, 2021 - 14:23

Given the Tetris style building blocks of the north and south MSE wall, what considerations are being made to turn this into a "green" wall? Ivy would easily and quickly grow in the cracks and would significantly enhance the ascetic appeal on the otherwise blunt and mundane wall. It will also act as a deterrent to the inevitable tagging.

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2021 - 15:14

Metrolinx is aware that the planting of vines, plants, and shrubs is a proven graffiti deterrence strategy; however, this wall is a structural element that must be visually inspected as part of the required maintenance protocols. These inspections could be hindered by vegetation growth on the structure itself.

With respect to the wall surface, we will be implementing other graffiti management strategies than vines and plantings. As for the aesthetics of the wall, it is important to understand it will be just one design element along the relevant segments of the Greenway; nevertheless, the precast panels on the retaining walls have a bespoke design developed especially for this project. There will be lighting, the multi-use trail, as well as other landscaping. Once the Greenway is completed, we expect that private landowners, especially along the east side of the multi-use trail, will take advantage of the new primary frontages to their properties.

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The design images only shows stairs. Is there an actual ramp for cargo bikes and baby strollers?

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Metrolinx
Dec 17, 2021 - 15:01

The multi-use trail crosses the CP rail tracks north of Dupont. This crossing will be accessed via fully accessible ramps on the north and south sides of the bridge.

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In previous discussions regarding the new Lansdowne/Bloor station (in what is now the new condo proposal on the Value Village site), there was discussion of a pedestrian bridge over Bloor Street alongside the Barrie GO line tracks. Is this party of the Greenway development? If not, is space being saved for building that eventual connection?

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Dec 17, 2021 - 15:02

The connection from the Multi-Use Trail (MUT) from Wade Avenue south across Bloor Street to the West Toronto Railpath extension is part of the Bloor-Lansdowne GO Station Transit Project.

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Dec 17, 2021 - 15:11

There are no water fountains planned along the new multi-use trail. This is consistent with other trails in the City of Toronto. Water fountains are typically provided as an amenity in City Parks.

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Dec 3, 2021 - 14:16
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Dec 17, 2021 - 15:09

Metrolinx. However, the landscape and plantings are designed to be largely self-sustaining. Stormwater will be managed and used to supplement rainfall. Plantings will be native, non-invasive, drought tolerant species. The objective is to create a pollinator habitat to support insects and birds and promote local biodiversity.

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Dec 17, 2021 - 15:11

Metrolinx has a robust Metrolinx Bridge Safety Management Program for rail and public safety which is consistent with the Transport Canada’s Guideline for bridge inspections.

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In order to get onto the "greenway" from the south end of the park, pedestrians, cyclists, etc will have to either go to the north end of the park just to turn around and go back the other way, or, will have to go around a large city block to access the greenway from Dupont. It seems likes a large oversight to have such a disconnect.

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Metrolinx
Dec 17, 2021 - 15:18

There will be at least one direct connection made from the Greenway multi-use trail to Davenport Village Park. The details of this connection are currently being developed as part of the design for the Greenway project. It is anticipated that temporary easement(s) on City owned land may be required for this work.

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What are the plans for the elevated wall between Davenport and CP Rail? Will it be bare concrete or vertical garden / earthfill covered with grass etc? This will determine the overall appearance of this long stretch of the project.

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Anonymous
Nov 29, 2021 - 20:47

These plans are consistent with the first set. Why we needed another study is beyond me, but I digress.

If you’re a resident planning on complaining (or already have) about what they’ve presented us, tread lightly because you’re probably going to get nothing in the end. Just a big looming bridge over your backyards.

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Dec 17, 2021 - 15:18

The current design considers enhanced durability and minimizing long-term maintenance as key objectives. The designs for the Davenport Diamond public realm, or Greenway project, is in line with concepts developed during the Toronto Residents’ Reference Panel process held in the summer of 2015. All tolled, the group engaged in 1500 hours of conversation with one another, more than a dozen guest presenters, as well as their friends, family and colleagues to come up with concepts that the community felt were important to see incorporated into the Davenport Diamond project. These concepts formed the basis of the Greenway project that is going into detailed design now. The Greenway design currently being developed by the Brown + Storey team will be delivered using a procurement model that will ensure that the design that is tendered is what will be built.

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