The East Humber Trail is a planned recreational trail within the Town’s approved Trails Master Plan. The Master Plan contemplates an interconnected Town-wide system. According to community feedback received through extensive public consultation, the Town's trail system is one of the most appreciated and popular outdoor recreation services provided by the Town. As well, new trails are the single most requested new outdoor recreational facility by Richmond Hill residents.
The East Humber Trail will pass through a variety of vegetation communities and landform features typical of those found on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The lands are comprised of old fields in various stages of succession, with some extensive woody vegetation, as well as forested areas ranging from early successional to mature mixed forests. The trail will also pass through wetland/wet meadow communities that are located within the floodplain of the East Humber River that bisects the property diagonally from the southeast to the northwest. These lands provide a diversity of habitats for many wildlife species, particularly birds, including the Black-Billed Cuckoo, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Ring-Necked Pheasant and Red-Breasted Nuthatch - all uncommon in the Greater Toronto Area.
East Humber Trail was awarded the 2013 PRO Award for Excellence in Design, recognizing the exceptional contribution to environmentally sensitive and sustainable design. The project has made a local and regional impact through deliberate design considerations protecting this natural landscape.
"A trail very worthy of an award" - York Region Environmental Alliance
The Environmental Design Research Association selected East Humber Trail for inclusion in their 2013 'Healthy + Healing Places Exhibition' at EDRA44Providence. In making their selection, the jury said East Humber Trail "truly exemplified the exhibition theme of 'Healthy + Healing Places', as well as concern for human factors in the design of the built environments and a commitment to promoting the links between design research and practice."
Information provided by the Town of Richmond Hill website.
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