The Warden Hydro Corridor
The Taylor Massey Project
The absence of useable greenspace along
the banks of Taylor Massey Creek between Ellesmere and
Lawrence can fortunately be remedied with the transfer
of the Warden Hydro Corridor from the province to municipal
agencies. The Corridor itself is fairly flat in the north,
but starts to have a nice roll to it south of Lawrence.
The location of a meandering path, some minor grading
to create hillocks and wetlands, and extensive plantings
can make this a valuable community resource, ensure a
green corridor from the 401 to Lake Ontario, and increase
the area's urban canopy as a buffer against the expected
increase in urban "heat island" effects caused
by climate change.
The TMP suggested a motion passed by the Board of the
TRCA (2003) that it seek to acquire the sections of the
Corridor containing Taylor Massey Creek, and has suggested
that the City acquire the rest. To expedite an economically
reasonable transfer of the lands, we have also suggested
to the Ontario Smart Growth Panel that land transfers
from Ontario Realty Corporation NOT have to be
at "full market value" where other beneficial
and "smart growth" uses are clearly possible.
We expect such transfers to take place at $2.00 each.
Infrastructure requirements for trail
in the Corridor are detailed under the Need for the Taylor