On Saturday May 16, the Humber Arboretum will host the launch event for the Pan Am Path Art Relay from 1 to 5pm.

Called Spring!, the event features a public bike ride (starting at 11am) on the path led by Olympic Gold medalist Curt Harnett and family-oriented activities by Humber’s Centre for Urban Ecology, Arts for Children and Youth, ROM BioBlitz, Dos Mundos, David Suzuki Foundation and Toronto’s Bicycle Music Festival, among others.

Humber’s own Alexandra Link, Director of the Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology, will welcome special guests including Toronto Councillor Vincent Crisanti, Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Brent Chamberlain, Chair of the Pan Am Path, who, along with others, will speak during the event.

”We’re honoured to be hosting the Pan Am Path launch and showcasing Humber's Arboretum, the college’s outdoor sanctuary and living classroom, as well as our Centre for Urban Ecology, to hundreds of visitors across the GTA and beyond.”

The vision of the Pan Am Path is to combine the power of art and sport to create a living path across Toronto. The 84-kilometre continuous walking trail stretches from the Claireville Reservoir in the west end, along the Humber River, to the waterfront, along the Martin Goodman Trail to the Don River, then north along the Gatineau Hydro Corridor in the east, and ending at Rouge Park.

From May 16 to August 15, the path will feature a city-wide relay of art installations, performances, family-friendly activities and public bike tours.

“The Pan Am Path connects so many iconic symbols of the City of Toronto: our green spaces, our vibrant arts communities and our diverse neighbourhoods. We all stand to benefit from this project and its legacy will be enjoyed by generations to come,” said Saad Rafi, CEO, Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Para Pan Am Games.

Friends of the Pan Am Path will launch a mobile app that matches your geographic location on the path to music rooted in the communities you’re passing through via four local music-streaming stations. Other features include a map of the path, accessible routes and a calendar of programming.

For more information, visit panampath.org and humberarboretum.on.ca.