The Taylor Massey Project
While the Eglinton Reach needs the four infrastructure elements
described below, nothing can detract from the fact that it consists
of three three fabulous ravines: Maida Vale Ravine north of Eglinton;
Eglinton Ravine from Eglinton to the RR tracks; and Farlinger Ravine
from the RR tracks to Foxridge.
The reach is also home to one of the oldest stewardship groups
along the Creek, who have conducted annual clean-ups involving up
to 90 people since 1996, and started fall plantings in 2003.
- High storm flows have caused significant bank erosion throughout
the reach, and it is hoped that Wet Weather Flow will result in
reduced flows, channel form naturalization, and extensive plantings
along the banks.
- Extensive local re-development and urban intensification projects
currently being proposed locally may present more of both environmental
and recreational use challenges.
- This reach requires 4 of the 7 Trail infrastructure needs of
the whole watercourse: a stop-light or crosswalk on Birchmount;
two pedestrian bridges, one each just north and south of Eglinton;
and an overpass or other safe crossing for the RR tracks. These
few elements would complete trail that would extend all the way
from Lawrence to Lake Ontario, with a short walk along St Claire
east of Birchmount and a detour around the Dentonia Golf Course.
- Many local residents around the Farlinger Ravine have expressed
a desire to retain the informal footpath rather than have a wide
- Stewardship groups exist for two of the three ravines in this
reach. Contact them at Eglinton@theTMP.org
or at Farlinger@theTMP.org.
- Annual spring clean-ups started in 1996! Annual fall plantings
started in 2003. See the Calendar
for annual information.
Sub-reach Photos (2002)