Another Sunday, another visit to the Sunnyside Bike Park. Before I get into the pictures, first a few updates about the park:
Helmets are required. I had to warn one dad about this (his kids were wearing helmets).
There is a stewardship group that is working on a long term plan to plan for the future, and to keep this facility sustainable. At the first meeting, there were a few more updates:
- Phase 1 is more or less complete except for some more landscaping and tree planting.
- Phase 2 will include a circle drive dropoff area off Ellis Ave, and a picnic and amenity area that will also have a water fountain. They will try to have this complete by the end of this year. Hopefully they will also include a bike tool station and bicycle pump stand.
- Phase 3 has to do with the building, and it will be a couple of years off. Peoples’ wish list for the building included washrooms, a community place, and possibly a bike shop and bike rentals. TORBA will come up with an initial proposal for the building.
- Councillor Sarah Doucette seems to be on board with the intersection safety improvements that the Ward13 group of Cycle Toronto proposed. If you want better safety for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the intersection of Ellis and Lakeshore, there is still time to sign the online petition, as described in this previous post.
You can get an idea of what is planned for the entrance to the park in this image:
Also, there will be a volunteer maintenance day as per this message from the city:
Dear friends, We will be hosting a volunteer maintenance day at Sunnyside Bike Park on Tuesday August 19th from 6-8PM in partnership with the Toronto Off Road Bicycling Association. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in participating or have any questions about the event.
Finally, an official opening of the park is planned for September 20. More details will be posted as they become available.
Here we are headed down towards Ellis Ave. Lucy really likes her xtracycle mounted throne.