Kay Gardner Beltline Trail Conceptual Design

The project consisted of detailed master-planning of long-term design improvements and management strategies for a well-used and well-loved trail running through nine-kilometres of residential, urban and ravine landscapes, primarily in an abandoned rail corridor. The trail is bisected by a number of major arterial roads.

Planning involved balancing human use with natural environment values, and balancing conflicting human uses. Our study team developed creative solutions for technical challenges, particularly with regard to crossing arterial roads at mid-block locations. We worked closely with city staff from different divisions and with outside stakeholders to ensure that proposed solutions were technically feasible, safe, constructible and economical, while also being context-sensitive and within the City’s ability to maintain.