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HIGH PARK EXPLORES LONG-TERM MOBILITY SOLUTIONS – TAKE THE SURVEY

HIGH PARK TORONTO

July, 2021

High Park has been closed to vehicle traffic on weekends since Spring, 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and need to provide pedestrians with space to physically distance.

Now the City of Toronto is inviting the public to participate in a new High Park Movement Study to explore long-term mobility solutions in the park. The goal of the study is to improve the travel network to better serve park users and the surrounding community, prioritizing safety and accessibility while preserving the park’s ecological integrity.

The study is in early stages and will be underway by fall 2021. Over the summer, the City will be retaining a consultant team to support the study, finalize a work plan, collect data and conduct a background analysis. A preferred solution for long-term travel network improvements is targeted for the summer of 2022. The implementation of the preferred solution is targeted for 2023.

Now is your chance to give your feedback. Share your experiences when travelling to, from and within High Park in the online survey. All survey responses are anonymous and the survey will remain open throughout the summer.

For more information about the survey, and facilities in High Park visit the City of Toronto website. You can also sign up for project updates by visiting the High Park Movement Study – Project Update Sign-Up page.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS COME TO SORAUREN PARK

July, 2021

The Friends of Sorauren Park has launched a new lineup of Covid-safe summer programs for kids.

The weekly series features a fun instructional video with self-guided activities children can do at home or at the park. Children can also drop by the Friends of Sorauren Park table every Monday at the Farmers’ Market, 3 – 7 pm by the Town Square, for (physically distanced) activity tips.

Activites include:

  • Kite Making
  • Rock Painting
  • Chalk Art
  • Bird Watching
  • Obstacle Course
  • Frisbee
  • Gardening

And more…

Led by summer programmer Amanda Vo, and filmed by summer student Dion Lynch, you can find each video on the Friends of Sorauren Park website and social media channels.

Participants can also win prizes! Take photos of your completed creation, and tag @SoraurenPark on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. There will be a weekly draw for free popcorn, redeemable at the concession stand at the Sorauren Park Outdoor Movies once they start up again (fingers crossed!), plus one grand prize at the end of the summer from Scooter Girl Toys, the Sorauren Summer Kids Fun sponsor.

LIVE PERFORMANCES RETURN TO HIGH PARK THIS SUMMER

Dream In High Park 2021

June, 2021

In a positive sign of pandemic recovery, Canadian Stage has unveiled a dynamic in-person summer programming line-up for the High Park Amphitheatre.

The summer season of shows, including music, theatre, dance, stand-up comedy and more is designed to build, strengthen, and restore community connection through the performing arts.

“This summer brings us to a critical moment for arts and culture in this city,” says Canadian Stage Artistic Director Brendan Healy. “We are all feeling tentative and yet are yearning for art and connection. What we wanted to do with High Park this summer is share it – share it in a way that meaningfully takes action on commitments we have made in the last two years and share it in a way that facilitates the beginning of this recovery period ­–not just for us but for the community at large. The result, we believe, will be a really thrilling and inspiring summer season that will offer something for everyone.”

Recognizing that the High Park Amphitheatre is one of Toronto’s few dedicated outdoor performing arts venues with gated entry, ample space for physical distancing, and capacity to meet all required health and safety protocols, Canadian Stage undertook extensive community outreach in the winter months to identify groups seeking outdoor performance space, resulting in the inclusion of 19 arts and community partners this summer.

Performances and events will generally be less than 90 minutes in length, and tickets will go on sale once outdoor performances are permitted to resume.

For more information about the full lineup for “The Dream in High Park”, visit the Canadian Stage website.

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS AT CHARLES G. WILLIAMS PARK

Charles G Williams Playground

June, 2021

Charles G. Williams Park (often called Sorauren Playground) is about to get a long-awaited makeover. The City of Toronto says construction will start in June on the revitalization of the playground at the southeast corner of Wabash and Sorauren Avenue.

The park will be closed during construction, which is expected to last until this fall. Design highlights include:

  • A new playground, new landscaping and new pathways
  • New surface on the basketball court
  • A new junior single-court basketball pad
  • A new splash pad, replacing the wading pool
  • New bocce ball court and outdoor ping-pong table

The park’s original plaque, commemorating the sacrifice of neighbour and soldier Charles Gower Williams in the First World War, will also come out of storage and be placed near a newly planted Vimy Oak.

While the playground is closed, the Friends of Sorauren Park will be organizing a COVID-safe, self-guided children’s activity program in Sorauren Park.

For more information, visit SoraurenPark.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

BLOOR STREET WEST BRIDGE REHABILITATION

June, 2021

Bloor Street West Bridge Rehabilitation

The City of Toronto is set to begin construction on the Bloor Street West Bridge at UP Express on June 7. The project is part of the 2021 Capital Works Program and will take place in five stages until December 2021.

Stage 1: June – August (at South Side of Bloor St. W) Repair & refurbish

Stage 2: August – October (at North Side of Bloor St. W) Repair & refurbish

Stage 3: October – November (at median of Bloor St. W) Construction of median barrier and crash protection

Stage 4: November (at North Side of Bloor St. W) Reconstruction of roadway & bike path

Stage 5: December (at South Side of Bloor St. W) Reconstruction of roadway & bike path

The section of Bloor Street West between Dundas Street West and Perth Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction during all phases of work. Crews will be refurbishing the existing bridge, replacing concrete sidewalks, supporting walls and curbs, pavement and bike lanes.

For more information about the project, or to speak to staff on the construction site, contact Field Ambassador, Maria Lippa, 437-317-1465, BloorRail@morrisonhershfield.com

PARKDALE HUB PROJECT: COMMUNITY MEETING

May, 2021

The City of Toronto and CreateTO invite community members to join their online public meeting Thursday May 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to share feedback on a preliminary development concept for the Parkdale Hub project, answer questions and provide information on next steps.

The project, at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, is a transformational city-building initiative that will deliver wide-ranging social, cultural and economic benefits to the Parkdale community.

Reimagining the future of this area provides a unique opportunity for CreateTO to collaborate with City divisions, agencies, the non-profit sector and the broader community to create spaces that will more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community into the future.

Area includes 4.24 acres of City-owned land including the following properties:

Potential Redevelopment:

  • Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre (220 Cowan Avenue)
  • Parkdale Library Branch (1303 Queen Street West)
  • Parkdale Arts and Culture Centre (1313 Queen Street West)
  • Toronto Parking Authority lot (1325 Queen Street West)

Potential Enhancements to Public Realm and Site Integration

  • Masaryk Park and Dunn Avenue Parkette
  • Public Laneway at rear of library (Milky Way Lane)
  • Toronto Community Housing residential apartment building (245 Dunn Avenue)

Sign up to join the public meeting here

To learn more about the Parkdale Hub Project, visit the website: www.parkdalehub.ca

YOU’RE INVITED: COMMUNITY CONSULTATION FOR THE WABASH COMMUNITY CENTRE DESIGN

Wabash Community Centre site

May, 2021

A new round of community consultation is about to begin for the soon-to-be built and long-awaited Community Centre on Wabash Avenue in the south east corner of Sorauren Park.

On Tuesday May 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., the City of Toronto invites all interested community members to attend an online public meeting where the design team will present and seek feedback on site design options and answer questions. The City is also inviting the community to provide feedback via an online survey from May 5 to May 31.

Each design option was developed based on the project vision and design principles that were refined through previous rounds of community consultation.

The Friends of Sorauren Park (FOSP) have advocated for retaining the Fieldhouse and the Town Square, site of the weekly Farmers Market, outdoor movies, community festivals, pumpkin sale fundraisers, ball games, fitness classes, skateboarding, the best place to learn how to ride a bike in Toronto, and more.

The community and the City have already invested more than $1-million in the Fieldhouse and Town Square. Watch the video below for more about the history and importance of the Town Square to the community.

FOSP also advocates for preserving trees (and replanting any that are lost), especially the groves that are special features of the park and that were planted or cared for by volunteers. FOSP also supports retaining the industrial heritage features of the linseed mill as much as possible. The community has supported these positions through FOSP-led community consultations and a survey.

The goal of the site design process is to establish a building “footprint” (size and configuration) and building location to best weave the new building within the existing fabric of the site to achieve the best community recreation centre building and surrounding site possible.

You can review the site design options and provide your feedback on the City of Toronto’s project website: www.toronto.ca/wabashCRC

Project Timeline

  • December 2019: Architect was hired through an RFP (request for proposal) process
  • Summer 2020 to late 2020: Public consultation to confirm vision and design principles
  • Winter 2020 to 2021: Public consultation to review and refine design options
  • Spring 2021: Public consultation to inform further development of the building design
  • Summer 2021: Public consultation to share and confirm the final design
  • Fall 2021 to Fall 2022: Preparation of construction/contract drawings
  • Winter 2022 to 2023: Procurement of construction services
  • Spring 2023 to Spring 2026: Anticipated construction

Sorauren Park Town Square At Risk!! from JbyJ Video Production on Vimeo.

CITY ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO #BLOOMATHOME THIS CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON

April, 2021

It’s cherry blossom season, and that means High Park will once again be a draw for people to enjoy the colourful blooms of the Japanese sakura trees.

This popular (and Instagram worthy) Toronto experience looks a little different this year – mayor John Tory announced that High Park in 2021 will remain open to the public throughout the blooming season, however staff have installed fencing around the three largest sections of cherry trees to discourage congregation of people during the peak bloom period.

Last year, as a Covid precaution, the City closed High Park during the cherry blossom season.

“This year, we have worked with public health, with our parks staff, with Toronto Police and with the bylaw officers to try to find a way to keep the park open safely so that people can use it while still avoiding having the large crowd scenes that the cherry blossoms would attract in a normal year,” Tory said.

“We want people to enjoy the blossoms virtually and safely, and we still want people to enjoy the park.”

The city also has a live 24-hour “BloomCam” to encourage people to enjoy the beauty of the trees virtually from home.

The first Japanese Somei-Yoshino Cherry Tree was planted in High Park in 1959 and it was present from the citizens of Tokyo. These trees are the earliest to bloom and are much loved for their fluffy pink and white flowers. Another 34 cherry trees were donated to High Park from the Sakura project. Other cherry trees were also donated to other locations around the city, for example Exhibition Place and various universities such as McMaster University, York Uni and the UofT.

There are hundreds of Japanese sakura trees throughout the city. Here’s a list of other great spots where you can enjoy the blooms safely.

SORAUREN FARMERS’ MARKET RETURNS IN MAY

Sorauren Farmers Market

April, 2021

The Sorauren Farmers’ Market is planning to resume its regular outdoor market at Sorauren Park on Victoria Day, May 24th.

The market’s normal outdoor schedule is 3 – 7 p.m. every Monday on the park’s Town Square.

In normal years the market moves from its winter home indoors at the Sorauren Fieldhouse to its outdoor home in the park in late May. Pandemic conditions prevented the winter market from opening this past season, replaced by the Farm Box program, which has now wrapped up.

Covid-19 health and safety protocols will be in place to ensure physical distancing, one-way flow of foot traffic and to minimize the handling of products. Everyone must wear a mask.

Sorauren Farmers’ Market is a non-profit, participatory organization. Feel free to reach out if you have questions about the market or are interested in volunteering. If you are looking to becoming a vendor, please see their vendor application page. The market accepts applications from farmers and non-farmers.

For more information about the Sorauren Farmer’s market and contact details for vendors, visit their website.

RONCESVALLES VILLAGE HOSTS INDIGENOUS ART CRAWL THIS SPRING

Moccasin Side Trail Moccasin Side Trail

April, 2021

From April 2-18 on a one-kilometre stretch of Roncesvalles Avenue, the work of Indigenous artist Keitha Keeshig-Tobias Biizindam will be on display.

Named the “Moccasin Side Trail” the art crawl project aims to help bring creativity and conversation into our communities in solidarity with local businesses during these uncertain times.

Keitha Keeshig-Tobias is a modern Indigenous artist from Neyaashiinigmiing Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nations and the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown.

Her works include pen and ink prints, hand-painted jackets, jewellery and apparel.

“My favourite medium is dipped pen and ink, especially blue ink: blue like at twilight a time of transition, blue like the water which is women’s privilege to cherish and protect,” the artist says on her website.

More than 20 local businesses, from Scout to Coal Miner’s Daughter will be displaying her artwork in their shop windows. For a list of participating locations, and a map, click here.

To learn more about Keitha and see more of her work, visit her website.

IT’S PATIO SEASON IN RONCESVALLES VILLAGE

Patios on Roncesvalles Avenue

Photo: @bacantoronto

March, 2021

On March 20, the Ontario government announced changes to the Grey Lockdown level of Covid-19 restrictions for Toronto, and outdoor dining is permitted, subject to physical distancing rules and other public health and workplace safety measures.

Some sidewalk cafés and patios on private property can open immediately and others require permission from the City, particularly if they would like to install a sidewalk or curb lane café (on the road), through the CafeTO program.

The following rules apply:

  • A limit of 4 people can be seated together
  • Establishments must be closed between 10pm and 5pm
  • Alcohol can only be served between 9am and 9pm
  • All seated patrons must provide their contact details
  • A minimum of 2 metres or impermeable barrier is required between tables
  • Each establishment must post a sign in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity (number of patrons) permitted.

The City of Toronto will install ramps to ensure that people using mobility devices can access cafés in the curb lane.

To find out which restaurants will be offering outdoor patio dining in Roncesvalles Village, you can access the Roncesvalles Village BIA directory, for details and updates.

More information on the City of Toronto’s CafeTO program can be found at Toronto.ca/CafeTO. The first round of registration for curb lane cafés closes on March 26, 2021. The second round of registrations will open on March 27, 2021 and will close in May 2021.

NEW FARMERS’ MARKET COMING TO THE JUNCTION

Muddy Crops Farmer's MarketMuddy Crops

March, 2021

Muddy Crops, a local organic food service known for its fruit & veggie boxes and outdoor pop-up shop at the corner of Roncesvalles and Westminster Avenue in the summer months, will soon open a permanent location in The Junction.

Nestled among local craft breweries like Shacklands, Rainhard and Junction Craft Brewing, the new market space at 100 Symes Road will open in April for curb-side pickup and delivery.

“We would be lying if we said we’d never thought about how cool it would be to be sitting on a patio, drinking local beer while eating local fruit. So we are making it happen,” Muddy Crops co-founder Steven Yoannou told blogTO.

The produce purveyors are known for their fresh Ontario berries and rare produce like paw paws, organic wheatgrass, Peruvian purple potatoes, blood peaches and goji berries. They are a zero waste company and offer free delivery on orders over $59.

For more information visit muddycrops.com

CELEBRATE WORLD WATER DAY WITH HIGH PARK NATURE CENTRE

World Water Day at High Park

March, 2021

World Water Day (March 22) seeks to raise awareness about issues relating to water, such as conservation and sanitation. This year, High Park Nature Centre is hosting a World Water Day virtual event on Sunday March 21, 2021, with a focus on indigenous stories, songs and ceremonies.

Wyandot artist Taǫmęˀšreˀ, Catherine Tàmmaro of the Little Spotted Turtle Clan, will lead a session exploring our deep relationship with the Spirit of Water, through creative activation. Participants will create waterscapes using watercolour paint and paper.

Register for this free event, and you can pick up a watercolour kit (watercolour paper, gum tape and a paint brush) from the Nature Centre (curb-side pick-up) during scheduled pick-up times.

More information and registration here

AIR QUALITY PILOT PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR RONCESVALLES BUSINESSES AS PART OF COVID RECOVERY

Digital Main Street

February, 2021

AirQ, a Toronto-based air quality monitoring startup, has announced it is partnering with the Roncesvalles Business Improvement Association (BIA) to pilot an air safety monitoring solution in Roncesvalles Village.

“COVID-19 has presented tremendous challenges to main street businesses. Monitoring air quality could be an important part of the recovery process and we’re excited to test it out,” said John Kiru, Executive Director at the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas.

As part of the project, AirQ will complete over 400 air quality measurements for small businesses in Roncesvalles. Twenty-five businesses will have their air quality permanently monitored through the installation of custom sensors that collect live air safety data, measuring levels of exhaled air and triggering fans or alarms if air safety drops. The presence of exhaled air, measured as CO2 parts per million, can inform businesses of the risks related to aerosol transmission of Covid-19 particles.

This pilot will leverage these indoor air safety measurements to support the success and recovery Roncesvalles local businesses.

Funding for the initiative was made available through the Digital Main Street Lab program, which seeks to pilot projects that help small businesses find innovative ways to attract customers. Further support was made available through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

“The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Digital Main Street platform and see innovative technology pilot studies like this one with AirQ, to help ensure health and safety and build confidence in our main street businesses,” says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.

AirQ’s air quality measurement testing will help identify areas with problematic ventilation, estimate safe occupancy levels and create a practical air safety plan to keep employees and customers safe.

At a time when both staff and customers are hesitant to enter indoor spaces as a result of the risk of Covid-19 transmission, AirQ’s data-enabled sensors and measurement capabilities can help manage the risks caused by poor air flow. While no setting can be deemed zero-risk, ongoing monitoring of air quality is an important step toward the identification of low-risk indoor settings and the ultimate goal of a safe return to indoor activities.

Preliminary air quality testing performed by AirQ has shown that 93% of main street businesses have high quality air.

More information about the Digital Main Street Lab program here.

More information about AirQ here.

SORAUREN PARK RINK: AN UPDATE FROM THE HOSERS CREW

Sorauren Park Rink

February, 2021

The volunteer crew that builds and maintains the natural ice skating rink at Sorauren Park, affectionately known as “The Hosers”, recently reached out to the community to share public health rules that have been adapted this year, due to Covid-19 health protocols.

Signs have been posted around the rink, but in case you have missed them, please note before you go:

  • NO SHINNY (provincial orders also prohibit practicing, no hockey sticks or pucks)
  • MAXIMUM 25 PEOPLE
  • STAY 2 METRES APART (except for members of your own household)
  • WEAR A MASK

The City of Toronto has passed the responsibility of monitoring compliance of the safe use rules onto The Hosers crew, and additional steps have been taken to prevent the potential for fines, rink shutdown or both.

The Hosers have re-designed the rink experience by creating a skating trail to encourage physically distanced skating and discourage shinny.

Read the full letter from The Hosers to the community here.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES AT KING / QUEEN / QUEENSWAY / RONCESVALLES INTERSECTION

February, 2021

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) have coordinated infrastructure upgrades in the area of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR). This includes the intersection at KQQR and roadway on The Queensway from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue, as well as Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West and rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive bridge.

Beginning February 12, 2021, work crews will begin advanced preparation work on The Queensway and KQQR intersection, ahead of the closure of the KQQR intersection scheduled for March 31, 2021.

Work includes: Water main replacement; sewer re-lining and TTC track construction. The 501/301 Queen and 504 King streetcars have been replaced by bus services in the KQQR area.

In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the work zone. A follow-up notice will be issued ahead of the KQQR intersection closure.

For more information, visit Toronto City Councillor Gord Perks’ web site, or toronto.ca/kqqr

Roncesvalles Construction Update

(With files from the City of Toronto and Councillor Gord Perks)

LANSDOWNE UNDERPASS ART PROJECT: CELEBRATING TORONTO’S 2021 YEAR OF PUBLIC ART

January, 2021

Toronto artists interested in making their mark in the Parkdale/Roncesvalles neighbourhood are invited to submit an expression of interest to participate in The Lansdowne Underpass Art Project — one of several initiatives to celebrate Toronto’s 2021 Year of Public Art on the theme Knowledge Sharing Across Communities.

The goal of this Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) is to obtain a roster of artists, from which a group will be selected and compensated to create a detailed design concept for the Lansdowne Underpass Art Project.

StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of programs designed to showcase, celebrate and support street, mural and graffiti artists and art throughout Toronto, create a more welcoming environment and a greater sense of belonging for residents and visitors, and reinforce Toronto’s reputation as a global centre of creativity and innovation.

The Lansdowne Underpass Art Project will transform the east side of the Lansdowne Underpass, south of Dundas Street West, with a collection of murals that share first-person perspective stories that speak to the rich ongoing history of the site as home to diverse plant and animal species and cultural communities, beginning with the Indigenous peoples of Tkaronto and Turtle Island.

The deadline for REOI submissions is January 20, 2021. Production is planned for the spring or summer of 2021.

For more information, visit the City of Toronto StART Underpass Program

(With files from the City of Toronto and Councillor Gord Perks)

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR POLLINATOR GARDENS – APPLY NOW

January, 2021

Did you know that Toronto is home to hundreds of species of bees, butterflies and other pollinators? These insects contribute to a healthy ecosystem, but they are also under threat from habitat loss.

PollinateTO is a protection strategy from the City of Toronto, offering grants of up to $5000 for pollinator habitat creation projects that educate and engage the community.

Funding applications are open to all resident-led groups and non-profit groups. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • community gardens in City Parks
  • school ground teaching gardens
  • faith-based gardens
  • Indigenous education gardens
  • rain gardens
  • multiple front-yard gardens on the same street that together create a pollinator pathway/habitat corridor

Applications are open and the deadline has been extended until January 18, 2021, and this year, priority will be given to projects located in Toronto’s 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. South Parkdale is designated as a Neighbourhood Improvement Area under the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy.

For more information, visit PollinateTO Community Grants here.

More about the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy here.

FIRE DESTROYS ABANDONED BUILDING AT DUNDAS & STERLING ROAD

Paul Smith / CBC

December, 2021

Many residents in the Roncesvalles area gathered in Sorauren Park to witness the dramatic scene as a five-alarm fire broke out on December 27 at 1875 Dundas Street West, an abandoned tool rental building.

The building is owned by Metrolinx, Ana BailĂŁo, the Deputy Mayor of Toronto, said on Twitter. She added that it was purchased for the rail corridor expansion and it was set to be demolished soon.

Dundas Street was closed in both directions and Metrolinx temporarily stopped trains from running in the area. Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said that at the fire’s peak, 80 firefighters worked to put out the “difficult and challenging” blaze.

Portions of the building inside and outside collapsed due to the fire, however there were no injuries.

The City of Toronto partnered with Metrolinx to complete designs for the West Toronto Railpaith Extension in September 2020. The new multi-use trail will be aligned in the rail corridor from the Dundas Street Bridge to Queen Street West (east side of the railway corridor).

Subject to available funding, the City is working with Metrolinx to construct the railpath in coordination with the Regional Express Rail construction underway by Metrolinx. Funding for the estimated construction cost and property requirements is proposed to be included as part of the City’s 2021 Capital Budget process.

More information on the Toronto West Railpath Extension here.

(With files from the CBC)

COMMUNITY CENTRE DEVELOPMENT – HAVE YOUR SAY!
SORAUREN PARK TOWN SQUARE AT RISK!

Please take the time to fill out this survey on what is important to you for the new community centre.

The City of Toronto will soon hire architects to work on the final design for the Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park. This is exciting news, and the Friends of Sorauren Park is asking for your input on what you’d like to see at our new community centre.

Please take a moment to complete our survey.

This survey has been created by the Friends of Sorauren Park, a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to the completion and enjoyment of Sorauren Park.

The intention is to collect community input that can help inform the design process and construction of the new community centre planned for Wabash Avenue adjacent to the park.

MASSIVE SUCCESS FOR 12th ANNUAL PUMPKIN SALE

Thanks to all who made it down to pumpkin patch on the Sorauren Park Town Square.  We raised $3,200 towards the renovations of the CG Williams Children’s Park on Wabash.  Left over pumpkins were donated to: Fern Ave Public School; Parkdale Public School; Holy Family Catholic School; Queen Victoria Public School; and Mary Mother of God Catholic School.

PUMPKIN SALE BENEFITING CG WILLIAMS CHILDREN’S PARQUETTE

Please join me and my fellow friends of Sorauren Park on Saturday October 19th 9-12 at the Sorauren Park Town Square to get your pumpkin.  Bring the kids to the pumpkin patch for a morning of fun, face painting, hot apple cider and neighbourhood good cheer, and of course a wide selection of pumpkins for sale.  100% of proceeds go to to park improvements, there is no cost recovery as I donate all the pumpkins to the sale.

Come early as in previous years we have sold out.  over $30,000.00 raised so far thru the generous donations of the community.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

MARTIN GOODMAN TRAIL

Martin Goodman Trail Improvement Project near the Royal Canadian Legion – Project Update: September 6th 2019

Good News! The city’s contractor has very recently confirmed that they will mobilize on Monday September 9th to begin the Martin Goodman Trail Improvements near the Royal Canadian Legion.

Signage to notify trail users of the upcoming works has also been installed along the trail and parks staff are currently coordinating with Cycling Infrastructure to send the message out via their social media networks in advance of the construction start.   The contractor is required to maintain access around the work zone throughout construction.

During Stage 2: Alternate access to the Legion Parking lot will be provided via Net drive.  The Net drive Parking lot will remain open as long as possible.  Work is being completed during off peak season in an effort to minimize these impacts.

For  questions or concerns please email  councillor_perks@toronto.ca or by calling  416-392-7919.

Environment Day – CHANGE OF VENUE

The City’s annual Community Environment Day is back! It will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019, from 10am – 2pm at Sir Casmir Gzowski Park (1751 Lake Shore Blvd. W.)

You can drop off unwanted items for donation, recycling and safe disposal. Free bags of leaf compost will also be available for pick up. For more information on the event see the attached posted or visit toronto.ca/environment_days

Councillor Perks will also be hosting three community compost days in Ward 4, where free leaf compost will be available for pick. The compost will be available from 10:00am, while supplies last. Please bring your own shovel and containers.

Here are the details for the compost days:
– April 20th, 2019 at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Avenue
– April 27th, 2019 at Runnymede Public School, 357 Runnymede Road
– May 25th, 2019 at Indian Rd Public School, 285 Indian Rd Crescent

Parkdale Public Library News

Parkdale Library has been a valued part of our community for over 50 years; well loved, well used. Now it’s time to refresh and renew.

Parkdale Library will be closing for approximately 3 months to redesign and revitalize the main floor. This includes enhancements to the Musical Instrument Lending Library, added flexibility to deliver programs, new carpeting and more public seating.

Join Toronto Public Library for a Community Open House to meet library staff, who will answer questions and listen to your feedback

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Drop in time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Parkdale Library
Address: 1303 Queen Street West
Phone Number: 416-393-7686

TTC  track work Queen and Roncesvalles – note from Councillor Perks

The TTC will be reconstructing the intersection at King / Queen / Roncesvalles / Queensway (KQRQ) in 2019. The construction will take place in three phases as outlined below. This is a joint project by the TTC, Toronto’s Transportation Services and Water Division.

Overall Scope of work – Starting in April 2019
* As part of the state of good repair work, the aging sewer and track around the intersection needs to be replaced

* Relocating the eastbound centre platform streetcar stop to the far side of the intersection
* Realigning the King Street West leg to create a better intersection angle and increase green space
* Modifying / constructing street car platforms at Glendale Avenue
* Continue the bump-out treatment on Roncesvalles at this intersection

As part of the Sunnyside Community Association area traffic study that was completed in 2008, the city will also be:
* Modifying the signal at Glendale Avenue and Queensway
* Adding dedicated eastbound – left – turn lanes at Sunnyside Avenue, Glendale Avenue, and The Queensway
* Signalizing intersection at Sunnyside and The Queensway
* Modifying the streetcar track vertical alignment (slope at Claude Avenue that will visually and physically enhance the existing right-in / right-out at Claude Avenue)

Time Line
This work will take place in three main stages.
* Stage 1: Roncesvalles (from Harvard to The Queensway / Queen Street West)
o March 31st, 2019 to August 4, 2019
* Stage 2: Queen Street West and The Queensway (Sunnyside to Triller)
o August 4, 2019 to Winter 2020
* Stage 3: The Queensway (Parkside to Sunnyside)
o April 2019 to October 2019

Road Closures
* Roncesvalles will be closed to Thru-Traffic March 31 to August 4 2019
o Grafton Ave Closed (Traffic must circulate using Laneway to Harvard Avenue
o Access to Queen Street Laneway Closed
o 1 Lane to remain open on Harvard Avenue at all times
o Bump-out retrofit to coincided during this time
* South Side of the Queensway (Parkside Bridge to Sunnyside) April 10 to August 4 2019
o Access to Toronto Pump Station required at all times
o Southside Parkside Bridge to coincide during this stage
o Cross Over required at Colborne Lodge
* Full King – Queen – The Queensway – Roncesvalles intersection closure August 4 to October 7 2019
o Queensway to be local access only to Glendale
o Intersection opens October 8 (All legs of the intersection open, reduced lanes East and West)

More details on each phase of construction will be provided as we approach the specific dates. There will also be a link for this project on my and the City’s website. As with all construction related projects timelines may be slightly altered.

This project will improve public transportation and realm, pedestrian environment, and traffic circulation in this area.

If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Gord

Councillor Gord Perks’ Office
Ward 4 Parkdale – High Park

100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
(t) 416-392-7919
(f) 416-392-0398
www.gordperks.ca
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