Thames Valley Parkway (TVP)

Situated on scenic park lands along the Thames River, the Thames Valley Parkway is the City’s primary multi-use recreational trail. The current TVP is 43 kilometres in length, offers scenic river crossings and is linked to over 150 kilometres of additional pathways connecting all corners of London.  You can view the TVP network through our interactive CityMap.

The TVP is an asphalt surface between 2.4 and 4.0 metres in width, is designed for two-way use on either side of the yellow line and is accessible to all ages and abilities. Please respect all users and follow posted signage.

Future projects and upgrades are being planned for the pathway system which will eliminate road crossings and improve neighbourhood connections.  Extensions to the TVP will occur as lands along the three branches of the Thames River are developed and lands are acquired by the City.

Whether you want to walk, run, ride, roller blade or simply just sit and enjoy the scenery, the TVP has something for you. 

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The following construction projects in City of London parks currently impact the Thames Valley Parkway. Learn more about each project and find detour maps below.

Thames Valley Parkway - Gibbons Park

The City will be making improvements in Gibbons Park and along the Thames Valley Parkway. Construction is expected to start mid-2024, subject to weather conditions. Improvements include:

  • Lifecycle renewal of the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) between Oxford Street and the west end of Gibbons Park. 
  • Adding a new pathway entrance feature near the north side of Oxford Street, east of the river. 
  • Adding an accessible pathway to better connect the existing gazebo, washrooms, and surrounding park features. 
  • Improvements to the existing paddling access at the west end of the park.
  • Implementing a tree preservation plan, to ensure protection of healthy native trees, and bird nesting and wildlife trees. 
  • Removal of hazardous trees, dead trees and invasive species was completed in fall 2023 to protect park and pathway users. 
  • Additional native trees will be planted, and priority invasive species will continue to be managed and monitored. 

Gibbons Park will remain open during construction. Access to the park and existing park amenities, including parking lots will not be impacted. Detours will be provided as needed.

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A map of a detour trail in green for Gibbons Park

 

For more information, please contact Linda McDougall at lmcdouga@london.ca.

 

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A map with a green detour line at Oxford and Victoria for the Thames Valley Parkway.
Thames Valley Parkway - Greenway Park and Greenway Off-Leash Dog Park

The City of London will be making improvements at the Greenway Wastewater Treatment Plant to improve flood protection and our resiliency to climate change. The construction work is expected 2024 to 2025 and will mainly consist of building an earth berm around the perimeter of the Greenway Wastewater Treatment Plant but will use walls in certain locations due to the nature of the terrain and footprint limitations. This work will require a significant amount of large construction machinery (i.e., excavators, loaders, dump trucks and cranes). It will impact the surrounding areas and some city amenities will be disrupted such as:

  • Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) / Terry Fox Parkway: At a certain phase of the project, it is expected that a closure of Terry Fox Parkway and the TVP will be required to facilitate work along the north side of Greenway Wastewater Treatment Plant. “No Through Access” in either direction will be possible through the active construction zone for the safety of the public. It is anticipated that the closure could be as long as six months, starting in late 2024 and lasting until spring of 2025.
  • Greenway Off-leash Dog Park: The anticipated closure of the Terry Fox Parkway and TVP is expected to affect vehicle access to the off-leash dog park for the duration of the work. The dog park will remain open, but it will only be able to be accessed by foot or bicycle from Wonderland Road. When details are confirmed, they will be posted to the Get Involved webpage here.

For more information and contact information please visit Get Involved by clicking below.

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Thames Valley Parkway - Harris Park

The City is planning to replace the Harris Park Erosion Control Structure on the east bank of the Thames River, north of the Forks of the Thames. The existing City-owned structure spans north of the Queen Street Bridge to south of Blackfriars Bridge. The project objective is to replace the existing infrastructure with appropriate solutions that protect the shoreline, improve park function, and support natural heritage features along the river.

The Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) from Queen’s Avenue to Blackfriars Bridge will be closed for the duration of construction with ‘No Through Access’ in either direction through the active construction zone for the safety of the public. Detours through Harris Park will be established for pathway users and identified through signage in the park.

Construction is expected July to December 2024 with restoration works within Harris Park in spring 2025.

For more information and contact information please visit the Get Involved page here.

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A map with a green detour line in Harris Park for the Thames Valley Parkway.
Thames Valley Parkway - South Branch

The Thames Valley Parkway (South Branch) was closed between Horton St and Richmond Street until July 2024. This closure was required due to the replacement of the Victoria Bridge (Ridout Street S), which reopened on July 4, 2024. Construction activity remains in Thames Park, however, as crews work to replace and upgrade the four tennis courts. Please use caution when accessing the park during Summer 2024.

For more information, please contact James Ramsay at 226-448-1050 or jramsay@london.ca

Thames Valley Parkway - Springbank Park

The City is planning to decommission the Springbank Dam and this is scheduled for construction from summer 2024 to spring 2025. The design of the project is based on the preferred option of “Partial Removal,” recommended by the One River Master Plan Environmental Assessment completed in 2019.  

A section of the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) in Springbank Park will be closed for the duration of construction with ‘No Through Access’ in either direction through the active construction zone for the safety of the public. Detours through Springbank Park will be established for pathway users and identified through signage in the park.

For more information visit the Get Involved page here or contact Shawna Chambers schamber@london.ca.

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A map with a green detour line in Springbank Park for the Thames Valley Parkway.
Thames Valley Corridor - SoHo

A concept plan was prepared for the creation of park space along the north side of the Thames River connecting Wellington Street to Maitland Street, including the redevelopment of Wellington Valley District Park, as part of the redevelopment of the Old Victoria Hospital Lands.

A public open house was held in November 2018 with about 80 people in attendance.  A second public information meeting was held in March 2019 gathering more feedback from the community.  Detailed design is expected to occur through 2021, for construction to start in spring of 2022. Ecological restoration and invasive species management work will start in 2021 ahead of the construction.

View the Get Involved London website or contact John Griffin at jgriffin@london.ca for more information on this project.

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Thames Valley Parkway - Watson Street Park: Clark’s Bridge (Wellington Bridge) Widening

The City of London is starting construction along Clark’s Bridge as part of the Wellington Gateway project. This will be completed in stages to allow the project to progress while maintaining road access as well as connections to the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP). Construction started in April 2024 and will continue through 2025, with some finishing work in 2026.

The Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) will be closed off Wellington Street leading into Watson Street Park with “No Through Access” in either direction through the active construction zone for the safety of the public. A signed detour will be in place.

For more information visit the Get Involved page here or contact the Wellington Gateway Project team at wellingtongateway@london.ca.

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Last modified:Tuesday, July 23, 2024