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New bike park for Toronto


City officials are looking for input on the design of a new bike park in the southwest corner of Toronto.

Marie Curtis Park is located at the mouth of Etobicoke Creek, where the small river drains into Lake Ontario. Home to mature forest that includes oak, maple, pine and butternut trees, the park is soon to be home to a bike skills park.

The skills park is meant to replace a series of informal jumps and bridges that have been built in the forest, an environmentally sensitive area. Unlike decades past, city staff now work closely with mountain bikers to create new riding opportunities, rather than simply tearing out old features.

“This park will offer skill building opportunities for off-road cyclists, while reducing impacts to an ecologically sensitive area,” read an email from Janette Harvey, a Natural Environment Specialist with the City of Toronto.

Those interested in having a say in how the park develops can attend a public meeting at the Assembly Hall, in Etobicoke’s Lakeshore neighbourhood.

Date: September 11, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Presentation at 7:00 pm
Location: Assembly Hall, East Room

Janette Harvey, Natural Environment Specialist
Email: jharvey3@toronto.ca
Phone: 416-392-1339