Measures taken to limit the spread of Covid-19 like social distancing have meant that getting outside and being active can be more difficult.
However, fortunately for residents of Park Royal and adjacent communities to the east, the Nine Creeks Trail provides a way to get outdoors and take in a bit of local natural scenery, while maintaining a safe social distance.
Nine Creeks Trail is an off-road paved recreational trail running along the Hydro One corridor beginning right here in Park Royal at Clarkson Park on Winston Churchill Boulevard.
The name ‘Nine Creeks Trail’ recognizes nine creeks that intersect the trail throughout its length – including Sheridan Creek. Five creek crossings have already been built, two are in the design stage and two are hidden under the natural landscapes.
Currently, the western section of the trail spans 6.5 continuous kilometers through Ward 2 to just east of Indian Road in Lorne Park. There is an eastern section around Cawthra Road and the Queen Elizabeth Way which spans approximately 2.0 kilometers.
The City of Mississauga plans to connect the two sections with a major crossing over the Credit River via the QEW historic bridge by 2024. Once completed, the trail will provide a valuable link between the east and the west parts of Mississauga.
In the meantime, residents of Park Royal can use the western section of the trail to walk, jog or cycle.
Local resident Christina moved into the area recently and was delighted to discover the trail close by. “I love having a nice long trail so close to home! I find it very accessible. I use the trail about three or four times a month to cycle or sometimes just to take a stroll”.
When asked how the City could improve the trail, Christina suggested there could be more natural elements, “I wish there could be more trees, especially in the part of the trail west of Southdown Road and east of Bromsgrove Park”.
I love having a nice long trail so close to home!
Some local residents have taken to adding their own decorative features to the stretch of trail between Bromsgrove Road and Southdown.
Inspirational quotes written in chalk and rocks painted by local children can be found along the trail. One of the rest areas along this stretch of trail even has a small impromptu garden planted by a local resident. It’s a wonderful sign of community spirit in Park Royal!
The Nine Creeks Trail is identified as part of the Region of Peel’s Active Transportation Network, the City of Mississauga’s Cycling Master Plan, and is a partnership project between the City and the Region with an additional funding contributed by the Government of Ontario.
Hydro One Networks Inc. granted permission to the City of Mississauga to use the lands for building this multi-use trail. This Hydro One corridor is now shared by the landowner (HONI), Trans Northern Pipeline Company, Alectra and the City.
If you haven’t already, we encourage you to go out and enjoy the trail. Entrances in Park Royal can be found at Clarkson Park near Winston Churchill Boulevard, Bromsgrove Park and Sheridan Creek.
To access the trail east of Southdown, cross at the intersection at Bromsgrove then look for the trail entrance approximately 100 meters north.