Keelesdale Park Bridge Environmental Assessment

 

The Keelesdale Park Bridge EA was completed in August 2011. To find regular updates regarding the status of the Keelesdale Park Bridge visit the construction updates page.

Keelesdale Park Bridge

The TTC completed a study (Class EA) to ensure convenient public access to the Keelesdale Park and Chris Tonks Arena during construction of the Crosstown. The only existing access to Keelesdale Park — from Eglinton Avenue — will be shared by both construction vehicles and members of the public during preparation of the tunnel launch site. During future construction stages, it will be advantageous to separate public access from construction vehicles.

An additional access to Keelesdale Park is also important for the planned York Community Centre that will be built on the west half of Keelesdale Park. No plans are currently in place to link the two facilities and there is now an excellent opportunity to do so, as Black Creek poses a physical barrier that restricts access to both sides of the park.

Because convenient public access to the Chris Tonks Arena and park facilities during tunnelling construction of the Crosstown is required an assessment has been undertaken and a new bridge over Black Creek is recommended.

The bridge will link the future York Community Centre to the Chris Tonks Arena and allow access to both facilities from Eglinton Avenue West or Black Creek Drive.

Keelesdale park rendering

Study Context  – The Crosstown

A major component of the Crosstown transit project is the construction of a launch site for the tunnel boring machines. The west launch construction site is on the south side of Eglinton Avenue, approximately 200 metres  east of Black Creek Drive, in Keelesdale Park.

Keelesdale Park contains a number of recreational facilities, including baseball diamonds, Chris Tonks Arena, and three soccer fields. Access to these sports facilities is currently provided by an entrance located 170 m east of Black Creek Drive; however, once work starts at the west launch construction site, this access point will be shared by construction vehicles as well as the general public.

Study Area Map

The map shows the proposed new bridge crossing Black Creek in Keelesdale Park which is located on the south side of Eglinton Avenue West between Black Creek Drive and Keele Street.

Keelesdale park map

Notice of Completion - Keelesdale Park Bridge EA

Please see the Notice of Study Completion for the project. The official publishing dates are August 18 and August 25, 2011.

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Class EA Process

This study is being undertaken as a “Schedule B” project in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment.  Following the May 25, 2011 consultation, comments were reviewed and documented. An Environmental Assessment Summary Report was prepared. It will be placed on the public record for a 30-day review period. The report will be available for public review at locations identified in the future “Notice of Study Completion” and online (below). For more details, review the Environmental Assessment Summary Report for this project:

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Public Open House - May 25, 2011

For more information, review the display panels from our May 25, 2011 open house:

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Background Approvals: Eglinton Crosstown

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Background Approvals: Scarborough RT

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Contact Us

If you have any comments regarding this study, please contact us.

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