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September 10, 2008
City and International Mountain Biking Association to build trails at Crothers’ Woods
Cyclists, hikers, dog walkers, trail runners and nature enthusiasts are invited to join the City of Toronto and representatives from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to build intermediate and advanced multi-use trails in Crothers’ Woods from September 12 to 14. Crothers’ Woods is a natural area park and part of continuous parkland extending through the Don Valley from Pottery Road to the Leaside Bridge.

This is a rare chance for those interested to work with the IMBA Trail Care Crew, and improve natural surface off-road trail-building skills and knowledge. Activities include re-routing trails, rock armouring over exposed tree roots, installing trail components and planting native trees and shrubs. Volunteers must come prepared for outdoor work (work boots, long pants, sunscreen, etc.).

Over several decades, an informal network of more than 10 kilometres of trails has been created. However, many of the trails were not planned and as a result of heavy use are unsustainable and degrading the natural environment through soil compaction and erosion.

The City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division has been partnering with trail experts from the IMBA to help plan and implement the Crothers’ Woods Trail Management Strategy. Ongoing multi-use natural surface trail remediation in Crothers’ Woods has been considered a pilot initiative for minimizing negative impacts of recreation on the natural environment and has been implemented in part through volunteer workshops.

For more information and to register for the Crothers’ Woods IMBA Trailbuilding School, e-mail or call 416-338-DIRT (3478).

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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