Town showcases infrastructure project with aerial tour video
The new Rotary Park boardwalk is now open! To celebrate, the Town has released a new aerial tour video to showcase the project. As a proud Great Lakes community, the Town of Ajax continues to invest in infrastructure projects that allow residents and visitors to experience its breathtaking landscapes while protecting sensitive natural areas.
In partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and funded exclusively by the Federal Gas Tax fund, the $1.6 million project features a new raised boardwalk elevated above the regional flood level, which will help to re-establish the beach, enhance natural habitats for wildlife and improve accessibility for all users exploring the William A. Parish Waterfront Trail. In addition, the trail leading to the boardwalk has been re-aligned to improve wayfinding and better direct trail users away from the Rotary Park playground.
While visiting the Ajax Waterfront and enjoying the new Rotary Park boardwalk, residents are encouraged to participate in the We Love Ajax Waterfront Photo Contest – running all summer long – by sharing your favourite boardwalk pictures for a chance to win a prize! Full contest details are available at ajax.ca/Waterfront.
“Annually, during the spring thaw, the mouth of Duffins Creek can be unpredictable, turbulent and dynamic, causing considerable erosion and impacts to our spectacular waterfront. While we have taken many steps over the years to reduce these effects, it became clear that a long-term approach was needed. The newly opened 140 metre-long raised boardwalk spans over the mouth of Duffins Creek, seamlessly connecting Rotary Park to the existing pedestrian bridge, and ensures our waterfront is safer and more resilient for years to come.”
– Mayor Shaun Collier, Town of Ajax
“Investments that help protect the environment and provide more spaces for people to safely get outdoors are essential. The upgrades to the existing Duffins Creek bridge near Rotary Park to enhance the surrounding environment will help make Ajax greener and sustain our waterfront for future generations to enjoy. ”
– Hon. Mark Holland, MP Ajax
- The $1.6 million project was funded exclusively through the Federal Gas Tax fund.
- The fund provides over $2 billion annually to 3,600 communities across Canada, supporting around 4,000 projects each year.
- The new raised boardwalk spans 140-metres over the mouth of Duffins Creek and connects Ajax Rotary Park to the existing pedestrian bridge.
- Elevated above the regional flood levels, the boardwalk is built to withstand a 100 year storm.
- The 7km William A. Parish Waterfront Trail hugs the shores of Lake Ontario and is named after former Mayor William A. (Bill) Parish who served on the Town’s first Council in 1955.
- The new Rotary Park boardwalk is an initiative with the We Love Ajax Waterfront campaign. Learn more about the 2021 Ajax Waterfront initiatives at ajax.ca/Waterfront.
- The We Love Ajax Waterfront Photo Contest runs from May to August with winners selected monthly through a random draw.
- Visitors to the waterfront are reminded to follow all Covid protocols and guidelines.