Jack Crescent Trail

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Project Background

The Town of Innisfil recognizes that providing safe connections to travel from one destination to another will help those with no access to a vehicle or other means of transportation.

The Town is working on a Capital Project to implement the Trails Master Plan which was developed to recognize the importance of local leisure opportunities and to create a cohesive and comprehensive trail network within the Town of Innisfil as noted in the Trails Master Plan (2016).


As detailed in the Town's Trails Master Plan (2016) in Appendix B, a secondary trail on Jack Crescent is

Project Background

The Town of Innisfil recognizes that providing safe connections to travel from one destination to another will help those with no access to a vehicle or other means of transportation.

The Town is working on a Capital Project to implement the Trails Master Plan which was developed to recognize the importance of local leisure opportunities and to create a cohesive and comprehensive trail network within the Town of Innisfil as noted in the Trails Master Plan (2016).


As detailed in the Town's Trails Master Plan (2016) in Appendix B, a secondary trail on Jack Crescent is identified as a need within the short-term. Implementing this section of trail will increase physical health, provide environmental benefits to the surrounding community, and provide a safer active transportation connection for residents travelling to and from the school.


The Town has been engaged with Goodfellow Public School administration and various members of the school community through the School Zone / Traffic Safety Advisory Committee since 2017. The Town is committed to helping improve school traffic planning in the immediate vicinity of Goodfellow Public School. Jack Crescent Trail will provide school users with an additional option to get to school inherently improving congestion in the area during pick/drop off times.

Agency Collaboration

Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)

In collaboration with the SCDSB, Town Staff and the SCDSB are working to improve the connection point at the north end of the trail to better accommodate all community users while also enhancing student safety. The design improvements include extending the trail through Goodfellow Public School property to Joseph Street. The legalities and details of that design improvement are ongoing.

Simcoe County

In early 2020, Town Staff applied for the Simcoe County’s Trails Connecting Communities Program (TCCP) Grant which provides funding opportunities to member municipalities to develop active transportation and recreational trail opportunities. Town Staff are happy to report that we were successful in receiving the full amount of available funding per project $30,000 to be used towards the construction costs.

The funding received from the County of Simcoe through the TCCP helps to alleviate the financial pressure sustained by the Town by expanding the Town’s trails network. The County’s approval and commitment also helps to support the Town’s vision of providing active transportation amenities and promoting health and wellness throughout our community.

Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority (LSRCA) & Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)

The above agencies have been engaged from early on in the design process. Their recommendations and guidance have framed the design submissions and their expertise has tailored the next submission that will be sent into the LSRCA for final approval of the design including additional environmental precautions.

Trail Design

The trail will consist of a 3.0m wide asphalt trail and raised boardwalk through the wetland area located on the Town owned property.

Various modes of transportation will be accommodated through this trail connection including walking, running, cycling, rollerblading, and wheelchair access. No motorized vehicles will be permitted to use the trail. The Town has committed to maintaining the trail throughout the winter as many students will likely use the connection.

Project Status

The Jack Crescent Trail is currently still in the design phase. The Town hired IBI Group Inc. to coordinate and complete the design of the trail.

Trees within the proposed trail area were cut down during the Spring of 2020 in order to protect bird nesting windows.

Construction was originally scheduled for Summer of 2020, however; due to COVID-19 impacts to the project schedule, the extended consultation and legal agreement process required with the School Board and the design modification required to extend the trail to the north to Joseph Street, Town Staff have decided to defer construction until Summer of 2021.


Public Engagement

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) Process

The MCEA provides a description of Schedule A+, the description is as follows: “New construction or removal of sidewalks, multi-purpose paths or cycling facilities including water crossings outside existing right-of-way”.

As such the project is “pre-approved”. However, the public must be advised of the project prior to implementation.

The EA notice is available on our website at the following link https://innisfil.ca/class-environmental-assessment-jack-crescent-trail/ and was printed twice in the Innisfil Journal newspaper, December 26th, 2019 and January 9th, 2020.

Question & Answer (Q&A)

Town Staff have created the Q&A Tool on this website so we can hear from the community about this project. Please feel free to send us any questions, considerations, concerns, show of support, etc and we will do our best to ensure we provide the requested feedback.

The Town will continue to update this web page as the project progresses.

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