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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Rebuilding Our Tree Canopy

Rebuilding Our Tree Canopy

Anybody who lives in Willowdale knows how valuable trees are to this community – and how much our beautiful urban forest was devastated in December’s storm. City forestry crews are still assessing  the damage and preparing a comprehensive restoration plan.

In the meantime, this week’s budget included $7 million in new funding to plant 97,000 new trees. Council has also allocated both reserve funds and money within the regular budget to deal with the huge clean-up, repair and maintenance backlog created by the storm.

Toronto has an estimated 10.2 million …

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Local Parks Meetings Launch

Local Parks Meetings Launch

What improvements would your local park most benefit from?  That’s the question I’ll be asking residents over the coming months.  New development in the area brings pressure to provide enough recreational opportunities for existing and new residents. Fortunately, I have been able to ensure that developers pay their fair share to solve this problem, mostly in the form of development charges and parks levies, and to have this money directed back into our community.

In the coming months, we’ll be seeking your advice on ways to …

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Stafford Park Safety Audit

Stafford Park Safety Audit

On November 6, several local residents braved the rain to join my staff, City Parks staff and constable Wayne Pierce from 32 Division for a safety audit in Stafford Park. At my neighbourhood BBQ in August, residents expressed safety concerns related to late night activities in the park. The subsequent Safety Audit identified such solutions as improved  lighting and a reduction in places where undesirable activities can go unseen..

Constable Pierce spoke about the role that all members of the community can play if they see activity …

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Maplehurst Park Opens

Maplehurst Park Opens

The long wait for the opening of Willowdale’s latest green space is finally over.  Maplehurst Park officially opened at the corners of Maplehurst & Longmore on Saturday, July 20.

The first person who came up to me at the opening was a grandfather. “Now, when my grandchildren come to visit,” he said, “I’ll have a park to bring them to.” The second comment came from a mother: “When we got back from a holiday, the first thing my children wanted to do was play in the new park.”

Family.  …

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Outdoor Ping Pong Table Opens

On June 26, 2013, we pulled back the curtain on Mel Lastman Square’s newest feature, an outdoor ping pong table.

The table is largely the result of hard work by Diane Moore and The Toronto Park People who helped make this feature a reality in our Ward in conjunction with City Parks staff and my office.

With close to 50,000 residents living within walking distance, the more things we have that draw people into our public spaces that are interesting and engaging, the better.  Ping pong is …

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Parkview Neighbourhood Garden Is Growing

Parkview Neighbourhood Garden Is Growing

The much-loved Parkview Neighbourhood Garden at Parkview & Doris is expanding this season.  The new plans call for a pergola, pathway and new garden space to be completed this fall.  This adds to the already beautiful garden, where produce is grown and sold by community volunteers.  Although I initiated the garden, its great success is due to a dedicated board of directors and many dozens of community volunteers.

To get involved, or for more information, contact PGNvolunteers@gmail.com

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