Rouge National Urban Park - Safety and Operational Updates for 2021
In response to community concerns about a variety of issues at Rouge National Urban Park and Rouge Beach in 2020, Parks Canada is implementing the following safety and operational changes in the Park for the 2021 season:
The Rouge Beach and Mast Trail parking lots will be closed and locked at 9:00 p.m. nightly and reopen at 7:30 a.m. in the morning.
Parking on Rouge Hills Drive:
"No-Standing" Zones are being created on Rouge Hills Drive. This change will provide a deterrent for illegal parking and will allow for an increased ability for Toronto Police to ticket and tow vehicles.
BBQs are now prohibited at Rouge Beach. Open fires remain prohibited throughout the park and Parks Canada has indicated that there will be additional signage and law enforcement to promote compliance with these rules.
Litter pick-ups are being scheduled more frequently. Later this year, Parks Canada will be installing new and larger trash receptacles at Rouge Beach.
To read about all of the safety and operational updates for 2021, please click the button below.
Parks Canada is proposing to make many changes at Rouge Beach and to construct a boardwalk along either side of the Rouge River to connect Rouge Beach to the Mast Trailhead on the north side of Kingston Road. The formal community consultation period by Parks Canada concluded on May 1.
Parks Canada will be releasing a Detailed Impact Assessment (DIA) for this project in the near future. The DIA will be posted on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry, which you can access by clicking here.
The City of Toronto, TTC, and Metrolinx are working towards launching a trial public transit service to connect West Rouge residents to and from Rouge Hill GO station using an automated shuttle. The automated shuttle trial is expected to begin operating in the summer of 2021.
The City has announced that members of the Automated Shuttle Trial project team will be on the streets in West Rouge over the coming days and weeks to take a closer look at the details of the potential route and stop locations and to take photos and measurements.
Validation and testing without passengers is expected to take place this summer. The service is scheduled to be launched this fall, public health conditions permitting.
The City plans to consult with the community once again in the coming months regarding shuttle route and stop details.
Learn more about the Automated Shuttle Trial by clicking the button below.
Port Union Road is being widened between Lawrence Avenue and Island Road. The work will include addition of a second northbound lane, sidewalks on both sides of the road, bike lanes, and centre-turn lanes.