Pan Am Path would connect the city
Toronto's executive committee is considering a modest proposal to spend about $2 million to connect cycle and walking paths throughout the city — eventually making an unbroken trail.
The 80-kilometre trail would be known as the Pan Am Trail, with supporters pushing for it to be a legacy from the 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games.
Although the city has a large number of paths they usually come to an abrupt end, and cyclists and pedestrians are forced to deal with traffic.
"It's a multi-use path," said Devon Ostrom from Friends of the Pan Am Path. "It's for biking. It's for walking. It's for running. It's for wheeling. And also along 12 sites there's going to be public art installations and community projects"
The money to connect the paths would come from a special fund for Pan Am legacy projects.
Organizers think they have the support they need.
"It's a long time coming." said Ostrom. "Everyone we've talked to has been highly supportive. It's something that is going to bring the city, the outer suburbs with the downtown core together. Everyone has been super supportive and super excited about the potential of this."
The plan is before Toronto's executive committee right now and council will vote on it next month.