The Tom Broadhurst Trail is proposed for construction in the public open space bounded by North Lake Road to the south, Wood Rim Drive to the east, Worthington Drive to the north and Lorridge Street to the west. The trail is an important connection in the Town of Richmond Hill’s Trails Master Plan and will provide pedestrian access for local residents to experience and enjoy one of the Town’s most beautiful natural areas.
The Tom Broadhurst Trail will pass through forests and wetlands typical of those found on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The forest is primarily a swamp-type deciduous forest with mature trees including, trembling aspen, black ash, paper birch, yellow birch, red oak, white cedar and large-toothed aspen. The topography is quite hummocky, meaning that the land is naturally sculpted with mounds and hollows that create a rolling landscape.
The low areas are usually wet and the higher areas relatively dry, providing different habitats for a variety of plants and wildlife. Very few trees will be removed as the result of the trail. Great effort was made in setting the trail alignment to ensure that those trees slated for removal are dead or dying trees or are non-native invasive species. New trees will be planted in accordance with the Town’s policy to ensure no net loss.
The new trees will be native species selected according to their suitability for specific site conditions.
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