The City of Toronto has announced that the popular Lake Shore Boulevard West section, part of ActiveTO, will be closed for the first time this year starting this weekend for pedestrian and cycling activities.
Eastbound lanes will be closed from Saturday, May 15 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 16 at 9 p.m.
The closed road runs from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road.
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The route has been the subject of debate due to ongoing construction at the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles intersection and the Queensway from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue, directly north of Lake Shore Boulevard West.
However, city officials have agreed to close Lake Shore Boulevard West on select weekends and coordinate construction projects.
Lake Shore Boulevard East is also closed this weekend (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue. Bayview Avenue will also be closed between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.
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Roads through High Park remain closed to vehicular traffic each weekend from 11 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday so people can explore the park while practicing physical distancing.
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ActiveTO was first introduced in May 2020 in response to COVID-19 and the desire to create more opportunities for people to exercise while increasing the amount of space for physical distancing.
In 2020, there were 25 consecutive weekend closures between May and October.
— with files by Nick Westoll
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