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Toronto’s ActiveTo meets FREE arts, culture and recreational activities this weekend adjacent to Lake Shore West


ActiveArtsTO will highlight this weekend’s planned ActiveTO route that is adjacent to Lake Shore Boulevard West on Sunday, September 26. Other ActiveTO weekend routes will be in place this weekend on part of Bayview Avenue, by connecting roads along the Meadoway, and roads in High Park for people to walk, run or bike.

As people safely use the on-street space created on Lake Shore West for exercise on Sunday, they can also enjoy free outdoor pop-up art and other activations in parks, green spaces and parking lots spread along, and adjacent to, the more than five-kilometre stretch.

Closures to vehicles of the eastbound lanes on Lake Shore West (between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road), to provide space for people to exercise, will run from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday only.

ActiveArtsTO, part of ShowLoveTO and produced in partnership with OpenStreetsTO, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The programming will take place in Coronation Park, Ontario Place, Marilyn Bell Park, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park and Humber Bridge parking lot.

The fun and free ActiveArtsTO schedule includes roller skating, lion dancing, kung fu and jump rope demonstrations, workshops and classes, a showcase of athletes from the Hijabi Ballers and MLSE LaunchPad on the Canada Basketball 3 on 3 court, a bike safety station and workshop, and other outdoor exercise activities for people to stay healthy and active.  Arts programing includes pop-up performances of dance and music from Small World Music and Kaeja d’Dance, aerial circus arts from Hercinia Arts Collective and visual art installations from MUSE Arts and artists from ArtworxTO.

ActiveTO weekend locations along Bayview Avenue (from Lawren Harris Square to Rosedale Valley Road) and the roads that connect the Meadoway (from Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road) will be available for exercise from Saturday, September 25 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, September 26 at 9 p.m. Roads within High Park will be closed to vehicles from Friday, September 25 at approximately 11 p.m. until Monday, September 27 at approximately 7 a.m.

During ActiveArtsTO, Toronto Public Health will hold a mobile pop-up vaccination clinic at the Coronation Park hub on the south side of Remembrance Drive, on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to provide first and second COVID-19 vaccinations to attendees.

Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes are asked to access them by bike or as a pedestrian, due to limited nearby parking and no available on-site parking. Participants are reminded to bring water in a reusable container.

Parking lots at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park will be closed on Sunday during the ActiveTO closure along Lake Shore Boulevard West. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Saturday.

Plans are in place to keep traffic moving this weekend, including:

  • Active monitoring of traffic cameras as well as signal timing adjustments around ActiveTO routes
  • Paid Duty Officers at known pinch points along ActiveTO Lake Shore West on Sunday
  • City of Toronto Quick Clear Squads (City crews that can quickly respond to help get stopped and stalled vehicles out of the way) will be ready to help facilitate the clearing of any lane blockages on the Gardiner or other routes as fast as possible.

Improvements have been made to traffic flow for those travelling eastbound on the Gardiner Expressway during ActiveTO Weekends on Lake Shore Boulevard West. Drivers can now take exit 149 (Lake Shore Blvd/Jameson Avenue) to travel northbound on Jameson or continue on to British Columbia Road to access either Dufferin Street or Exhibition Place.

ActiveTO routes will be available to pedestrians and cyclists until 9 p.m. on Sunday when crews begin removing barriers and pylons and other safety equipment to reinstate vehicle traffic. While most routes can be re-opened within approximately one-hour afterward, the Lake Shore Boulevard West closure can take up to three hours to safely and fully reopen the lanes to vehicles.

Transit riders are reminded there will be no subway service on Line 1 between Lawrence and St. Clair stations on both Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle buses will operate. People planning to ride transit are reminded that masks or face coverings are mandatory when travelling on the TTC (exemptions apply). More information is available here

Go Transit’s Trip Planner is available to help people plan travel.

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