Willowdale Parks Summit (Updated with Survey)

Willowdale Parks Summit (Updated with Survey)

At the conclusion of a successful Parks Summit, John has circulated the feedback form online for residents unable to attend this meeting.  If you are interested in taking action in one, or several, of your local parks, the feedback form is available here.

John’s office will be independently contacting residents that have expressed interest in getting involved and connecting them with other residents who have expressed the same interest in their area.

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Splash Pad Repairs

Splash Pad Repairs

One of the great ways for local kids to cool off on hot summer days is to get out and play at one of our City’s neighbourhood splash pads.  In recent years however, many of the local facilities in Willowdale have fallen further and further into disrepair.  At Hendon Park, the issue reached a “crisis” stage this summer when the pad just west of Yonge Street stopped working all together.

Local residents were rightly frustrated with the season closure.  As their representative, John was equally frustrated …

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Nuit Blanche Coming to North York

Nuit Blanche Coming to North York

In 2015, Nuit Blanche will be extending its reach to North York with the installation of internationally acclaimed artist JR’s INSIDE OUT. This ‘group action’ production consists of taking candid portraits with community members in a mobile photo booth, printing out the photos in a large format, and helping to install them in public spaces. Participants will join a group of 200,000 people from more than 112 countries & territories who have taken part! With the support of Nuit Blanche and civic leaders in Toronto, …

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John Named as Toronto’s Arts Advocate

John Named as Toronto’s Arts Advocate

On Monday, John appeared with Mayor John Tory in Toronto’s St. James Park and was introduced as the City’s new Arts Advocate.  In this role, John will be developing a number of new projects.

Announced was the return of the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts as a celebration and fundraiser for the arts community.  One of the programs it will fund, is a new Arts in the Parks project, increasing both access to usable space for artists as well as public use of parks.  In the …

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Movies in Ward 23 Parks

Movies in Ward 23 Parks

There’s something special about watching one of your favourite movies with friends and neighbours under the stars.  Our movies, whether at Cultura, or in Edithvale Park, over the last several seasons, have been so successful that John has expanded the program throughout the ward this summer, with the help of some great community groups working in support.

 

EDITHVALE OPEN BAKE OVEN NIGHTS

A total night out, our evenings at Edithvale Park feature a team of community volunteers preparing samples of some of the freshest pizza you’ve tasted straight …

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Gibson Park & Rose Garden Opening

Gibson Park & Rose Garden Opening

For many years the Rose Garden was a landmark parcel of open space at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Park Home Avenue.  Many residents assumed that it was a City Park, not realizing that for several decades it was owned privately and was in imminent danger of being destroyed through high rise development construction on the site.  With the help of a large number of residents, John was able to negotiate City ownership of most of the pre-existing garden.  On Saturday, May 30, …

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Development Updates & Park Plans

Development Updates & Park Plans

Over the past year, the city has received an unusually-large number of extremely bad planning applications. Some of these will be dealt with by Council in August, some won’t be reported on until early next year, and some have already been appealed by the applicant to the Ontario Municipal Board. Here’s a brief summary:

Proposal to Build Townhouses at Empress and Willowdale:

This proposal by a developer would allow townhouses in a location where the city’s Official Plan allows only single family homes. It would set an …

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Plans for Art Park in Willowdale (UPDATED) – Lee-Lifeson Art Park

Plans for Art Park in Willowdale (UPDATED) – Lee-Lifeson Art Park

Update (September 2016):

For the most recent news on the Park’s official opening, click here.

Update (July 2014):

Our upcoming one-of-a-kind Art Park will be named after two famous Willowdale musicians if, as expected, North York Community Council approves my initiative in August.

The Art Park will be a place for the community to celebrate and observe the creative arts. We’re still at the design stage, which is producing some very exciting ideas. Construction of the park, located between Princess and Hillcrest, just east of Doris, will begin next …

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New Park Announced

New Park Announced

The creation of new, interesting parks has been a major component of my efforts to continually improve our community.  Within the past five years we have opened great new parks at Edithvale, Olive Square, Maplehurst and Avonshire.  This fall, we expect to officially open the Rose Garden at Yonge & Park Home as a City park and are well into the design development of the new North York Arts Park at Princess Avenue and Gladys Allison Gate.

But the best news of all is that the …

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Edithvale Park Expansion (UPDATED) – Meeting June 2

Edithvale Park Expansion (UPDATED) – Meeting June 2

Update (May 2014):

I am pleased to announce that the Toronto District School Board has formally approved my plan to allow community use of the Board’s property close to Edithvale Community Centre. The eastern half of the block will now be available for community recreation programs. This summer, we are planning a number of improvements to the area, including replacing the swing set, repairing the backstop, creating an adult outdoor fitness circuit and adding an outdoor ping pong table. A preliminary vision of the improvements was presented …

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New Play Equipment for St. Edward

New Play Equipment for St. Edward

Catholic School Trustee Maria Rizzo and I have arranged funding for a new set of play equipment through the City of Toronto and the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the site of St. Edward Catholic School at 1 Botham Road.

The new play space will include play equipment for children 2-5 and 5-12 years old.  In addition, nature inspired interactive play stations are proposed around the perimeter of the school’s grass playing field.  The play structures located at the school will be available to the community after …

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New Additions to Gwendolen Park

New Additions to Gwendolen Park

The children of West Lansing already have three playgrounds, and with two more on the way, the neighbourhood adults decided it was their turn.  This summer, Gwendolyn Park will become the home of an adult fitness circuit located around the perimeter of the park. The six stations will be connected by a 500-metre pathway with a natural mulch surface.   The concept was selected by residents from several options I presented at a community meeting in December. Their initial choice was then refined at two subsequent …

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