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In partnership with the City of Mississauga, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and the Region of Peel, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is working to complete a multi-purpose trail through Toronto Pearson.
The 3.7 kilometre section of the Etobicoke Creek Trail will provide an important link for public recreation, nature appreciation and a new commuter link, along the Etobicoke Creek valley. Once all of the desired trail connections are completed, residents will be able to travel from the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek at Marie Curtis Park, north through Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton, up to the headwaters of the creek in Caledon.
Construction on the trail will begin in 2010, starting south of Hwy. 401, through Toronto Pearson along the Etobicoke Creek, to just south of Hwy. 407. A future connection will be completed with the City of Brampton to ensure access through the Region of Peel.
As part of the trail construction, TRCA will work with the City of Mississauga and businesses neighbouring the Etobicoke Creek valley, to complete a number of restoration initiatives, including streambank stabilization, wetland creation and riparian tree plantings, all with the goal of improving local water quality and offering an enhanced recreational experience for trail users.
For those looking for a place to park and begin their journey through the new trail system, TRCA and the City of Mississauga will be constructing a green parking lot at the corner of Courtney Park Drive and Britannia Road on GTAA property. To green the parking lot, TRCA will be utilizing permeable parking surfaces (ie. permeable concrete), drought resistance native plants and vegetated bioswales, to treat stormwater runoff. Monitoring will be completed by TRCA and shared with local businesses to get a better understanding of how these technologies can be deployed in the industrial areas surrounding Toronto Pearson.
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