Burlington wants to throw some shade on a popular walking trail…literally


Published October 26, 2023 at 3:22 pm

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Burlington hopes to plant trees along a popular walking trail to help keep the heat off of trekkers during the summer months.

The plan, proposed by Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan, calls for the trees to be planted on the Crosstown Trail.

The trail runs along the hydro corridor starting from Roly Bird Park and crosses Guelph Line near Upper Middle Rd., through Headon Forest, Millcroft and ending at Appleby Line.

There are a few hurdles to jump before the plan can be put into place.

The Crosstown trail is part of a hydro corridor and there are jurisdictional issues with Hydro One and Infrastructure Ontario.

However, Councillor Nisan believes that all parties should be able to work out a plan.

Nisan pointed out that similar projects around the GTA have proven to be successful when all parties have cooperated.

“I would love to plant trees along the Crosstown Trial tomorrow,” Nisan said at a recent committee meeting, pointing out how eager he is to proceed. “It’s a great opportunity for us to make an investment in a significant aspect of north Burlington.”

Nisan said the trees will provide much-needed shade along the route which, for the most part, lacks greenery.

He said the trail is used extensively during the summer, but with climate change and rising temperatures, walkers need the shady relief that trees can provide.

“It’s a well-used trail that gets very very hot in the summer. With climate change we can expect it to get worse over time,” he said.

Burlington expects to meet with Hydro One and Infrastructure Ontario to work out a plan in the coming months.

He said issues to overcome include the type of trees that can be planted so they won’t interfere with power lines. As well it will have to be determined who would be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the trees. The cost of the planting could come from a City reserve fund set aside for such purposes.

A progress report on the project is expected early next year.




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