Now that the Pan American/Parapan American caldron has been extinguished and the athletes have gone home, let’s take a moment to reflect upon our Pan/Parapan Am athletes, coaches, organisers as well as the venues and associated logistics involved in the events’ execution. There is no question that our Canadian athletes have made us all proud – but were the games worth it?
The Pan Am Torch Relay came to the Chinese Cultural Centre in Scarborough on July 5, 2015. Check out the celebrations of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games on Flickr.
Toronto invested $1.9 million to connect multi-use trails across the city to create the 84 km Pan Am Path. This recreation and transportation trail stretches across Toronto, connecting the city from east to west. As part of the Pan Am Games, Council endorsed an initiative to bring the Pan Am Path to life.
Here’s what’s in store:
The Pan Am Path Art Relay is a series of art and music events that will travel and take place along the Pan Am Path from May 16 to August 15. It will feature public art installations, music, performances and family-friendly acitivities. Get a better picture of what is planned by watching the trailer at https://vimeo.com/125591408.
The Pan/Parapan Am Games are coming to Toronto July 10-26 and August 7-15, 2015 respectively and will attract a large number of visitors to the city. This great opportunity to showcase Toronto and Scarborough will increase traffic on our roads and transit. Here’s how we plan to manage traffic.
Each venue will have its own traffic management measures, which include parking and loading restrictions, turn prohibitions, temporary road closures and temporary high occupancy vehicle lanes. Short-term, weekend road closures will be necessary for competitions such as cycling and running events.
The Games Route Network is an integral part of this traffic management plan and is comprised of a series of roads and highways connecting the Athletes’ Village to competition venues and non-competition sites. It will allow athletes, officials, volunteers and the media to travel safely and efficiently between Pan/ParaPan Am Games sites.
Temporary high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes will be established on sections of the city’s highways and some local roads. These thoroughfares will be an integral part of the Games Route Network.
It is the mission of City engineers to establish and implement a Traffic Management Plan and Games Route Network that will provide an enjoyable and safe experience to our visiting athletes and guests while mitigating traffic congestion during the games.
We call upon our residents to be patient, proud and welcoming as we showcase Toronto, and Scarborough to much of the world.