We're talking about parks in the Oakwood-St. Clair neighbourhood! The City of Toronto is studying the parks and outdoor spaces around the Oakwood Ave. and St. Clair Ave. W. intersection to identify opportunities to upgrade and create new parks and recreation facilities. The findings of this study will be used to guide short and long-term investments in the local park system. The area was identified as a priority area for new and improved parks in the City of Toronto's Parkland Strategy adopted by City Council in 2019.
Your local knowledge, experiences, and ideas are essential to creating the Oakwood-St. Clair parks plan! We need your help to understand which parks you like to visit, how you think local parks can be improved, and what types of new parks and park facilities you think are needed in your neighbourhood. For more information about the Study, please visit the project website. You can help identify ways to improve the parks system by participating in a fun and interactive online mapping exercise and online survey. Help us to shape the future of your community!
In order to address flooding concerns in the Beaconsfield community, the City has initiated an environmental assessment to identify sewer and drainage system improvements. The initial step of this study is data collection, which is currently being conducted. The City has created an email for residents so they can directly share their experiences and ask their questions. This email is: [email protected]
Once the data has been collected, the City will return to the community to present a variety of solutions for the identified issues and to consult on the best proposals for the neighbourhood. For more information or to get involved, please visit toronto.ca/BFEA and click on Study Area 42.
After public consultations we have reached a solution that will allow residents to enjoy this Silverthorn area park by having a playground and a shaded area to sit down and relax. Work on this project will start this fall.
I am pleased to see the work on Pessoa Park has finally been completed. Like many of you, I had frustrations with the delays on this work by the contractor. In order to address this, I worked with City staff, with the developer and contractor to resolve the issues, express the community's disappointment and expedite the work. Despite these challenges, I am excited that our community has this much improved green space to enjoy.
In July, 80 participants joined a virtual meeting to discuss the Green Line park proposal as an expansion of Geary Avenue Park. We received good feedback on the greenery, amenities and on a Dog Off Leash Area. This work is being coordinated with Transportation Services at the City to implement traffic calming measures as well. Construction is scheduled for 2021-2022. More details on the project can be found at www.toronto.ca/greenline, including with respect to the next public consultation this fall.
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Little Portugal and Dundas West Business Improvement Areas have joined together to form the Little Portugal on Dundas BIA. Their new logo reflects their history, while embracing the future.
Wednesday, June 26
7:00PM - 8:30PM
General Mercer Junior Public School (Gymnasium), 30 Turnberry Ave
Join city staff and me to discuss the potential improvements coming to Turnberry North Park. This meeting is being hosted to share information on the park improvements, receive public input and discuss the next steps.
As our city grows, it is crucial to create new opportunities for parkland and active transportation corridors to move around our city. That is why I have been such a big supporter of the proposed Green Line over the years. The Green Line would run in the Hydro corridor from St. Clair just west of Earlscourt Park to where Davenport Rd and Dupont St meet. The City is leading the Green Line Implementation Plan, in partnership with Park People.
The plan will connect the corridor into a public open space by:
- Improving existing licensed parkland parcels within the Green Line.
- Licensing new Green Line parcels from the province and Hydro One and creating public spaces within them.
- Making improvements to City rights-of-way between or adjacent to Green Line parcels.
- Improving pedestrian connections at road crossings.
I encourage you to find out more by visiting the City's project website by clicking here.
With the continuing rise of dog ownership in Toronto, residents have expressed concerns over the management of dog-waste in our parks system and the resulting public health impacts. As a result, I recently moved a motion requesting City staff report back in 2019 on the feasibility of installing dog-waste containers in City parks and dog off-leash areas, including options to conduct a dog-waste container pilot project in the City of Toronto. My motion will help us find solutions to ensure a healthy environment for all Torontonians.
Registration for City of Toronto's summer camps and spring/summer recreation programs begins this weekend
The City of Toronto offers a wide range of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests. Registration for summer camps and spring/summer recreation programs starts at 7 a.m. on the following dates for each district:
Saturday, March 3 for Etobicoke York
Sunday, March 4 for Scarborough
Tuesday, March 6 for North York
Wednesday, March 7 for Toronto and East York
Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to sign up for programs. Over the past year, the City has worked to improve the registration experience by increasing server capacity by 25 per cent so that more people can access the system online. The City has also introduced clearer navigation and planning tools online, has extended customer service hours and has added more staff to provide in-person support.
Upgrades to the online registration system require users to update their web browsers. Residents should test their browsers by visiting https://efun.toronto.ca before registration day and updating their browsers if required.
How to register
Step 1: Get account numbers
Residents need a family number and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling the Customer Service Call Centre at 416-338-4386 or speaking with staff at a City community centre.
On February 28, March 1, March 2 and March 5, call centre hours will be extended from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday) to assist with account information and any other questions related to registration.
Step 2: Choose programs
Residents are advised to have a few backup choices prepared in case their preferred program is full. A listing of programs can be found online at http://www.toronto.ca/funguide or in the printed Spring/Summer FUN Guide available at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries. A program wish list can be created with the online FUN Guide.
Step 3: Register
Registration starts at 7 a.m., Residents are encouraged to have all information and payment options ready. There are four ways to register:
- Online at https://efun.toronto.ca – the easiest and fastest way to register
- By touchtone phone – following the prompts at 416-338-0000
- By telephone with customer service assistance at 416-338-4386
- In person at select locations listed in the printed FUN Guide or on http://www.toronto.ca/rec
March Break camps
Registration for our March Break camps is ongoing. Call 416-338-4386 and speak to a customer service representative to find locations with available space.
Free recreation programs
Many community centres also offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.
Let us know if you can't go
Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs are popular and many have waiting lists. If you are unable to attend the program you registered for, contact your local community centre or call 416-338-4386 so the spot can be offered to someone else.
Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs are very popular. To give the greatest access to as many clients as possible, clients registered for programs that occur at the same time must choose one program and staff will withdraw them from the rest, giving others a chance to participate.
Welcome Policy yearly credit
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. Visit https://www.toronto.ca/wp for more details.
Older adult discounts
Older adults (60 and older) receive a 50-per-cent discount off the regular price of adult recreation programs.
I'm happy to share that upgrades to Symington Park are underway! City crews recently installed an accessible pathway for the community gardens and a new pergola in the park. These are part of a complete set of enhancements which will also include additional seating, shaded gathering areas, an improved baseball diamond, new plantings and a dog friendly water fountain. Thank you to everyone who shared your feedback with me on these new upgrades to Symington Park.