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” Toronto works because neighbourhood parks, libraries, community centres and beautification projects enrich our lives and bring us together. “

Gord Perks was elected to represent Parkdale-High Park in 2006. Gord has an impressive record on environmental initiatives that began in 1987, with such environmental organizations as Pollution Probe, Greenpeace Canada, the Better Transportation Coalition, and the Toronto Environmental Alliance.

Gord’s emphasis has been on waste reduction and public transit, he is the principal author of the Canadian Green Consumer Guide, one of Canada’s best selling non-fiction books. Gord Perks was an Environment columnist for Eye Weekly (now The Grid) and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto’s Environmental Studies Department.

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CITY LINKS

TMMIS
Agendas and minutes for Toronto city council and committees meetings.

Committee of Adjustment
Toronto city council has appointed a Committee of Adjustment consisting of citizen members, which operates as four panels: Etobicoke, North York, Toronto East York and Scarborough.

Building Permits
A building permit is your formal permission to begin the construction demolition, addition, or renovation on your property.

Rooming Houses
A review of rooming houses is being conducted. Stay tuned for more information and for your opportunity to provide input.

Film Notice
The Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Office (TFTDMO) provides one-stop concierge service for all film productions shot in Toronto.

Parks, Forestry & Recreation
Toronto Parks, Forestry, and Recreation delivers safe, welcoming, and well-maintained parks and trails, a sustainable and expanding urban forest, and quality recreation facilities and programs.

Public Consultations
The City of Toronto hosts a variety of public consultations each year on a diverse range of local and city-wide subjects.

Municipal Licensing & Standards
Municipal Licensing & Standards (ML&S) is responsible for bylaw administration and enforcement throughout the City.

Ward 14 Interactive Map

More About Ward 14

155 Cowan Avenue

More information on 155 Cowan Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

57 Brock Avenue

More information on 57 Brock Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

September 29th, 2016 – The ward planner and developer are meeting next week to discuss any changes to the development. More information will be posted once available, likely after the Preliminary Report for the November 15th Community Council.

April 21st, 2016 – A pre-application meeting for a potential development at 57 Brock Ave was held. The developer has proposed to build a 7-storey residential building. They are currently contemplating the comments made by the community and have not yet formally submitted an application.

11 Brock Avenue

The Toronto Parking Authority is in negotiation to purchase 11 Brock Avenue (former site of the LCBO). The site will be used as a temporary parking lot while work is underway to negotiate an application for affordable housing with a permanent green P lot.

6 Noble Street

More information on 6 Noble Street can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

October 4th, 2016 – 6 Noble Street Developments have submitted a formal application to the city for a Zoning By-law Amendment. They are seeking to build a fourteen-storey, mixed-use building containing commercial use at grade and 174 residential units above. There are also 76 proposed parking spaces in an included below-grade parking garage.

October 3rd, 2016 – Comments for the Preliminary Report for the November 15th Community Council are due in early November. As more information is submitted it will be made available here.

 

Please pass on this information to your neighbours.

The developer of 6 Noble Street, 6 Noble Street Developments Inc., will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

The developer is proposing a 14 storey residential rental condominium containing 178 units. Further details will be available at the community meeting.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email Councillor Perks office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Date: Monday, June 20th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement auditorium)

422 – 436 Roncesvalles & 76 Howard Park Avenue

More information on 422 Roncesvalles can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

October 2016

A community meeting was held on October 19th where residents were given an update from City Planning and myself, and were able to voice their concerns. The major issues had to do with height and density, the impact on Character Area feel, and the integration of the townhouses with the surrounding area.

A working group of community members is now being constructed that will delve further into the issues that might be raised by the development.

Further information will be posted as it becomes available.

May 2016

Councillor Perks’ Office has been advised that the developers of 422-436 Roncesvalles Avenue and 76 Howard Park Avenue have appealed their rezoning application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

The type of appeal is listed as: Application for an amendment to the Zoning By-law – failed to make a decision on the application within 120 days. The applicant will be requesting the OMB to approve their rezoning application.

At this time City Planning staff will begin preparing a Request for Directions which they will submit to Toronto and East York Community Council.

Our office will provide further information as it becomes available.

January 2016

City Planning are currently reviewing the application. Once their report is completed and public, our office will share with the community.

Application documents available on-line at:
http://app.toronto.ca/Develo…/associatedApplicationsList.do…

422- 436 Roncesvalles Ave & 76 Howard Park Ave
Community Meeting: January 11, 2016

Following the Presentation from City Planning and Presentation from Developer, the following comments/concerns were shared by community members.

• Building height: Building must support the character of the village
Midrise building is needed, this is taller than what city allows and it does
not respect the Character designation of the street
Townhomes are tall-4 storeys

• Can application be held while Dundas / Roncesvalles Planning Study is underway: no

• Too many units

• Shade-concern with impact of shade a building this size would create

• Privacy-overlook into Hewitt Avenue properties

• Setback-of both building and townhomes are a concern. The City needs to protect neighbourhoods setbacks and green space not shade and wind tunnels. Wind study can be requested.

• Landscape plan: trees

• Traffic flow- concern of cars travelling on Hewitt to exit from lane.- Planning: current application does not show lane continuing through to Hewitt,
TTC will be required to review for comments on streetcar flow, may require a right turn in – right turnout

• Parking units: Concern that the number of vehicles will exceed the spots available (99 units /75 spots) City standards: bike parking, visitor parking, auto share

• Mechanical noise: concern that noise from mechanical will impact on neighbours

• Community amenities: concern with impact of new neighbours, vehicles, dogs on Howard School lands

• Service access: solid waste will review application, city requires that service vehicles not reverse off of the site.

• Mature trees: 5 private trees may be impacted by this application

• There are access issues for properties on Roncesvalles- private issue, however, Planning will need evidence that all outstanding legal issues with neighbours are resolved

• Noise from demolition will continue for 1 ½ to 2 weeks

• There will be a Construction Management Plan to lay out a complaints process and management plan for build once an application is approved.

Community asked if they support application: NO,
if they feel that a few things need to be changed to move forward: NO.
Clear message from community that they do not support the application.

Councillor Perks does not support the application in its current form.

 

September 2015

The Preliminary Staff Report responding to the rezoning application of 422-436 Roncesvalles Avenue will be reviewed at Toronto and East York Community Council on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.TE12.32

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a two-storey funeral parlour and two, two-storey commercial buildings with an eight-storey mixed-use building containing 93 residential units and six grade-related townhouses fronting a private driveway accessible via Howard Park Avenue.  A total of 77 parking spaces will be provided in two levels below grade, including six visitor spaces.  The mixed-use building will have a height of 25.7 metres (29.5 to the top of the mechanical penthouse) and the townhouse buildings will have a height of 15.28 metres.

Information on the application is available on-line at:http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3816210&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

The meeting will likely be scheduled for January/February, 2016. City Planning staff will be notifying neighbouring residents. My office will be providing general notice throughout Ward 14. If you wish to be added to the email blast list for this application, please send an email to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, with subject line 422-30 Roncesvalles Avenue Street email list.

 

Budapest Park

The City of Toronto, Parks Forestry and Recreation, has plans to upgrade the Playground at Budapest Park on the Western Waterfront.

Improvements to the playground and surroundings will make this existing outdoor play space easily accessible for children of all ages and abilities. Upgrades will include :

• a new paved pathway into the play area and onto the boardwalk
• reformed and resurfaced play-pads
• new sandbox and play fixtures, with park bench seating on generous platforms
• restored and increased sodded areas
• The riding dinosaurs and the wading pool will remain.

Budapest Park Playground Upgrade notice

Budapest Park Playground Design

1182 and 1221 King Street West

More information on 1182 and 1221 King Street West can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

The Preliminary Staff Report responding to the rezoning application of 1182 and 1221 King Street West will be reviewed at Toronto and East York Community Council on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.TE12.31

 

The rezoning application proposes to amend the City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws with a 21-storey residential building (73 m) with retail at grade and 448 residential units at 1182 King Street West and a 19-storey building (67 m) with retail at grade and 301 residential units at 1221 King Street West, located on opposite sides of the Dufferin/King intersection.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting.  City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

The meeting will likely be scheduled for January, 2016. City Planning staff will be notifying neighbouring residents. My office will be providing general notice throughout Ward 14. If you wish to be added to the email blast list for this application, please send an email to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, with subject line 1182-1221 King Street email list.

 

Friends of Watkinson Parkette

http://watkinson.ourpark.ca/

Maintenance Work on Gardiner Expressway from west of Strachan Ave. to Grand Magazine St.

Anticipated Start Date: April 25, 2014
Expected Completion Date: December 31, 2016
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Starting April 25, 2014, the City of Toronto will be replacing the Gardiner Expressway deck from west of Strachan Avenue to Grand Magazine Street.

This work is being carried out as part of the Gardiner Expressway maintenance and improvement program.

Construction Details

The project includes replacement of the existing concrete deck, parapet walls and bases of light poles, repair and replacement of several bearings and localized repair of the steel girders. Removal of the Garrison road bridge is also part of this project to accommodate pedestrian access to Fort York Historic Site.

The work will be carried out in two (2) phases. Phase 1 work will take place on the Gardiner Expressway from CNE to Garrison Road. When phase 1 construction is complete, phase 2 work will begin on the Gardiner Expressway from Garrison Road to Grand Magazine Avenue.

Traffic Disruptions
Within each phase of construction, work will be done in four stages. During each stage of construction one eastbound lane and one westbound lane of the Gardiner Expressway will be closed.

In addition, short term night time lane closures may be required periodically through the construction duration to facilitate the construction work.

Work Hours
Work will typically take place from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, with work after hours and on Sundays as required. Overnight work is required to support daytime construction and to complete the project as quickly as possible. Every effort will be made to minimize construction noise during the work periods. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this construction work.

Construction Impacts
Sidewalks, pedestrian pathways and bike lanes may need to be closed on Fort York Blv., CNE ground and Strachan intersection for safety reasons when work is taking place overhead. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, however alternative access routes will be posted at on-site signage. Access to buildings, parking lots and driveways will be maintained at all times.

Disruptions
As with all construction projects, there will be noise and temporary inconveniences. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, the noise in the area will include the use of jack hammers, air compressors, concrete trucks and pumps.
Advance traffic warning signs will be posted in the area to advise the public of traffic restrictions.
Every effort will be made to reduce the inconvenience. The City appreciates your understanding and co-operation.
Your co-operation and patience during the construction period will be appreciated.
Need more information?
Project Web page: www.toronto.ca/constructioninfo
Contact:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Negar Khalvati, P.Eng. 416-392-4362
nkhalva@toronto.ca
24 hours Customer Service Line 311
311@toronto.ca
TTY 416-397-0831

West Queen West Planning Study

The West Queen West Planning Study will begin in early 2014, with public meetings taking place in the first half of the year.

City Planning staff will be review the policy context, built-form and heritage value of the properties on Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Gord has heard from many community members that protection of the heritage values and character of Queen Street West remains a priority as we welcome change to this street.

The study will involve public consultation to clarify what defines the street character and to develop a community vision for the future. Transit capacity and parking supply will also be reviewed.

Planning staff have begun mapping out the meeting and reporting schedule.

it anticipated that a final report would be done some time in 2015

West Roncesvalles Planning Report

The Final Report of the West Roncesvalles Planning study passed unanimously at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) in January 2014.

This Final Report refined the Performance Standards/guidelines which will be used in the assessment of all small-scale retail, service or office use proposals on the west side of Roncesvalles Avenue between Marmaduke Street and Marion Street.

A draft set of guidelines were originally considered by TEYCC in June, 2013 and were further refined based on feedback received form both the Community Meeting and outreach mailing in October 2013. A copy of the Final Report is available on line at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-64682.pdf

The West Roncesvalles Planning Study was undertaken as an opportunity for City Planning staff and community member to begin a conversation on whether there is a need for amendments to the Zoning By-law to permit small-scale retail, service and office uses on the lands on the West side of Roncesvalles Avenue currently designated as Neighbourhoods.

Community members were very engaged in this process. Once again, we did a fantastic job together.

Roncesvalles Avenue is a unique street. This is a unique and well thought out response to the street.

Friends of Masaryk Park

http://masarykfriends.com/

Join your neighbours at one of these Friends of Parks groups, or contact our office for assistance in starting a ‘friends of ‘ group for your local park.

‘Friends of’ Parks working together with City staff and other local organizations and businesses, to improve park conditions and helps create safe, attractive and enjoyable programs and park facilities.

 

Friends of Charles G. Williams Park

http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/category/charles-g-williams-playground/

Join your neighbours at one of these Friends of Parks groups, or contact our office for assistance in starting a ‘friends of ‘ group for your local park.

‘Friends of’ Parks working together with City staff and other local organizations and businesses, to improve park conditions and helps create safe, attractive and enjoyable programs and park facilities.

Friends of Ritchie Parkette

http://ritchieparkette.blogspot.ca/

Join your neighbours at one of these Friends of Parks groups, or contact our office for assistance in starting a ‘friends of ‘ group for your local park.

‘Friends of’ Parks working together with City staff and other local organizations and businesses, to improve park conditions and helps create safe, attractive and enjoyable programs and park facilities.

Queen West Restaurant Report

Update on Queen West Restaurant Bylaw
At the July 2014 City Council Meeting, as per City Solicitor’s recommendation, City Council approved lifting the Interim Control Bylaw and enforcing the Queen West Restaurant Bylaw, including the concentration cap.
Update on OMB Appeal:
The OMB has approved an adjournment of the hearing while a stakeholders working group of staff, interested parties and Councillors discuss ways of managing bars and restaurants.

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In 2013, Toronto City Council approved a new zoning bylaw governing restaurants on Queen Street between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

The bylaw is an effort to find a balance between different interests in Queen Street West’s future. It places some restrictions on the size and operation of restaurants and bars and sets a limit on the percentage of storefronts that can operate as restaurants and bars. This limit is a cap on concentration.

Queen Street’s zoning bylaw is determined by a few overall City Planning Policies that describe an important function of Queen Street; create opportunities for local shopping and support the character of the neighbourhoods to the north and south. The recent influx of bars has started to tip out of balance. The concentration cap will prevent the balance from skewing further.
None of the existing operations will be required to close. In fact, some sections of the street (further west) can accommodate a few more bars and restaurants.

The report also recommends working with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, to investigate new tools to control bars. The critical issue of late night drinking and its impacts on the quality of life for neighbours remains a concern for area residents.
Finally, the report recommends reporting back in three years on the effect of the new bylaw.
This is a novel approach to better integrating local business and neighbourhoods.
This new bylaw, the result of five years of community conversation, recommended by City Planning and approved by Toronto Council, is being appealed to the OMB by the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association.

1624 Queen Street West

Toronto Parking Authority continues to move ahead with their plans for a 37 space car park (at Callender Street).

Expected completion date is early fall, 2015.

 

24-66 Howard Park Avenue

More information on 24-66 Howard Park can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

Two residential buildings have been approved. Development of the first building is complete. Construction of the second building is underway.

383 Sorauren Ave

More information on 383 Sorauren Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

A 10-storey residential building, consisting of 145 units is under construction.

 

35 Wabash Avenue

More information on 35 Wabash Avenue can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

September 2016

At this time, City Planning staff are waiting for a complete Construction Management Plan to be submitted, in addition to details on the Site Plan application for 35 Wabash Avenue.

As the completed plans are received, the Office of Councillor Perks will schedule a time for the Working Group to review these plans with City Planning staff.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Summer 2016

Councillor Perks’ Office has been advised that the developer of 35 Wabash Avenue has appealed the rezoning application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
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The Zoning Amendment application for 35 Wabash Avenue was heard at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) last Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. Many of your neighbours were present, some shared their concerns with the application.

The application proposes a 4-storey apartment building containing 60 residential units. There are 68 vehicle parking spaces proposed in one underground level.

The staff report :  http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.TE17.5 recommended that the application be approved, however, it recommended that the ‘bills’,  the final legal approval, be held until certain requirements were met- listed in Item #3.

  1.  Revise and re-submit the Functional Servicing Report to the satisfaction of the Executive Director, Engineering & Construction Services for review and acceptance.  The report will determine whether the municipal water, sanitary and storm sewer systems can support the proposed development and whether upgrades or improvements to the existing municipal infrastructure are required.
  1.  Enter into a financially secured development agreement for the construction of any improvements to the municipal infrastructure, should it be determined that upgrades are required to support this development, according to the functional servicing report accepted by the Executive Director, Engineering & Construction Services.

Councillor Perks amended the staff recommendations to include that the site plan requirements, Item #4 must also be approved prior to the issuance of the bills.

  1.  Removal of the windows on the east wall where the building abuts the property line.
  1.  Limiting window openings on the east and west elevations to approximately 40% of the wall area with the remainder to be clad to the satisfaction of the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning.

iii.  Reducing the proportion of window to wall on the south side of the property to address a typical side-yard to rear-yard relationship, including limiting principal windows and the proportion of windows to wall, to be in the range of 25%.

  1. Submission of detailed plans showing the necessary soil volumes provided to ensure healthy tree growth.
  1. Appropriate depth of the rooftop planters at the edge of the roof.
  1.  The submission of a construction management plan which will also be to the satisfaction of the Ward Councillor.

The Community Council meeting is available on YouTube at the 39 minute mark at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5El9W4tnKVU .

Since the TEYCC meeting however, Councillor Perks’ Office has been advised that the developer of 35 Wabash Avenue has appealed the rezoning application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

The type of appeal is listed as: Application for an amendment to the Zoning By-law –  failed to make a decision on the application within 120 days.

The applicant will be requesting the OMB to approve their rezoning application. The earliest this application is likely to be heard by the OMB is early 2017.

At this time City Planning staff will begin preparing a Request for Directions which they will submit to Toronto and East York Community Council in the fall, the Report will seek approval from Council to participate at the OMB hearing.

Our office will provide further information as it becomes available.

 

Spring 2016

The Zoning Amendment application for 35 Wabash Avenue will be before Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. The item will be discussed at 10 AM or as soon as possible thereafter.

The application proposes a 4-storey apartment building containing 60 residential units. There are 68 vehicle parking spaces proposed in one underground level.

I will be supporting City Planning Staff ‘s recommendation to approve this application.

The Final Staff Report is available on-line at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.TE17.5

You can submit your comments or request to speak through Ellen Devlin, TEYCC Secretariat Contact, teycc@toronto.ca, 416-392-7033, 416-397-0111 (fax).

Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have any questions about this or any city-related matter.

 

 

The Preliminary Staff Report responding to the rezoning application of 35 Wabash Avenue will be reviewed at Toronto and East York Community Council on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.TE12.33

The rezoning application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-laws with a 4-storey apartment building containing 62 dwelling units and 65 vehicle parking spaces in one underground level at 35 Wabash Avenue.

 

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting. The meeting will likely be scheduled for January, 2016.

City Planning staff will be notifying neighbouring residents. My office will be providing general notice throughout Ward 14. If you wish to be added to the email blast list for this application, please send an email to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, with subject line 35 Wabash Avenue email list.

Councillor Perks Office
416-392-7919
councillor_perks@toronto.ca

2803 Dundas Street West at Indian Grove

More information on 2803 Dundas Street West can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

A 7-storey, mixed-use building, containing retail uses at grade, and a total of 109 residential units is under construction.

2376 Dundas Street West, North of Bloor Street West

More information on 2376 Dundas Street can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

The OMB has approved an 8-storey mid-rise building along Dundas Street West with a 23-storey component at the rear of the site.

City of Toronto – Roncesvalles Avenue – Streetscape Improvements

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment:

http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/roncesvalles_streetscape/index.htm

Community Organizations:

Roncesvalles Village BIA

http://www.roncesvallesvillage.ca/

Roncesvalles Renewed

http://www.roncesvallesrenewed.org/

West End Bike Plan

The City is developing a Bikeway Network that will link cyclists with neighbourhoods and destinations across the city. The network will serve both commuter and recreational cycling. It will be comprised of connected Cycle Tracks, bicycle lanes, shared roadway routes and multi-use pathways in parklands and hydro and rail corridors. More inforation is avaialble no-line at:

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?
vgnextoid=1a63970aa08c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/public-consultations/pdf/west-end-bikeways-november2008.pdf

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=b7300995bbbc1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Sunnyside Beach Curtain

A large component of the Western Waterfront Master Plan (WWMP) is to create an accessible Waterfront. In 2009, as part of phase one of the WWMP, the City built a curtain to create a swimming area along Toronto’s Waterfront. Unfortunately, due to high algae and high maintenance issues, the curtain was decommissioned the following year.

http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/02/101001083402.html

Western Waterfront Master Plan (WWMP)

After much hard work by the community, planning alliance and myself, the WWMP was approved at Council. This plan will reconnect Ward 14 to the Waterfront and create more opportunities for recreation as well as improving on pedestrian and bicycle access.

Since the WWMP was approved, I have been successful in having a signalized intersection located at Jameson Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd East installed, which allows for greater connectivity to the waterfront. Minor improvements are also being planned for Dowling Beach and 37+ new trees have been planted at Marilyn Bell Park. After many years of hard work, I was successful in removing CNE parking from Marilyn Bell Park. I firmly believe park land should not be parking lots.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=25994f058377f310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=90777c6a9967f310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Feasibility Study for a Green Community Centre and Park Redevelopment Project at 40 Wabash Avenue / Sorauren Park

The Feasibility Study for a Green Community Centre and Park Redevelopment Project at 40 Wabash Avenue/Sorauren Park was undertaken in 2009 to develop an innovative environmental community centre project in Sorauren Park. The goal being to provide a preliminary design demonstrating how a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified community centre embodying the goals of the City of Toronto Green Development Standards may be realized on the site. The community Centre waits for an approved budget, I have been hard at work with the Wabash Building Society (a non for profit community based group) and have successfully opened the Field House at Sorauren Park. The Field House has a donated kitchen, washrooms, a meeting space (its for rent and holds about 20 people, perfect for children’s parties and small gatherings). Most of the material that comprises the interior of the building has been donated. Even the planting outside, for the most part, have been donated. A real community effort.

In 2014, you will see a town square being constructed between the filed house and the old Linseed Oil factory (the community centre one day). The tow square will host the Sorauren farmer’s Market on Monday’s, have benches under trees, a walkway which will eventually join the two buildings and increased lighting. Here is a link to the town square plans http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/park-features/town-square/

Planning:

City of Toronto:

http://www.toronto.ca/parks/wabash_avenue.htm

Community web site:

http://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/
http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/

Albert Crosland Parkette

In 2009 Parks completed the final component of a long term park improvement plan with the installation of a swing set in the north quadrant of the park. Tucked away behind busy Queen Street and located next to a TPA lot, this greenspace is an asset to many residents in the neighbourhood.

Cunningham Flank

Not technically a park, this greenspace was reclaimed by Cunningham residents in 2009. The project is a work in progress that began with the removal of an illegal fence and debris, and will continue once a dozen trees are planted in the spring of 2011.

Grafton Avenue Parkette

This small, unused park was revitalized in 2006 thanks to the vision and dedication of the West End Flower Fairies and local residents. Once a forgotten greenspace, Grafton is now home to a flourishing and ever growing community garden.

https://www.facebook.com/WestEndFlowerFairies

Chelsea Avenue Playground

A small but active group is currently working to define a list of priorities. Improvement for this small park, mainly used by children under the age of 7, will be undertaken in 2010/2011. The space currently features two playgrounds, a wading pool, and a splashpad.

The Waterfront

Used by residents, visitors, event holders and stakeholders, the Waterfront is one of the more active areas in Ward 14, especially in the spring and summer months. The Martin Goodman Trail, approximately 50km long, winds its way along the waterfront and is a multi user trail (walk, run, cycle, rollerblade, and strollers). The trail is cleared of snow in the winter, making the trail usable all year. Many events are held along the Waterfront including Caribana and the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Baird Park

In 2008, the walkway was repaved and a fence was added around the playground at the request of the community. In addition, Baird Park had a Dogs Off-Leash area installed in 2011.

Charles G. Williams Park

The community has identified a few priorities and staff will be implementing the minor improvements to the sand area, murals, planting beds and wading pool in 2010/2011.

Sorauren Park

http://www.soraurenpark.com/

With community input and help from Parks Forestry and Recreation, residents and soccer users will directly benefit from the new turf which was installed in 2009 in the soccer field located at the north end of the park. A dog-off leash area was installed in 2010. The local Wabash Buidling Society hopes to have funds raised to build the Sorauren Town Square by 2013.

West Lodge Park

With input from the community and the TDSB, the City undertook improvements at West Lodge Park in 2009.  The improvements included hardscaping, including the seating wall and pathways and upgrades to wading pool.

Close Avenue Parkette

116 Close Ave. Toronto, Ontario.

In 2008 the City negotiated a shared use agreement with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for improvements to the play equipment at Queen Victoria Public School and Close Avenue Park (Horsey Park).  New equipment was installed and it and the wading pool are well used by the community.

Spencer Cowan Parkette

Spencer Cowan Parkette is a green space located south of King between Spencer and Cowan. In 2011, new playground equipment was installed and improvements made to the wading pool.

Masaryk Park

Masaryk Cowan, has become a hub for local food lovers. In 2006 Greenest City created a community garden that not has not only improved access to food, but had brought together many diverse communities in Parkdale. Wading pool improvements were completed in 2011.

http://masarykfriends.com/

Rita Cox Park

Rita Cox Park, located on Machells Ave, just north of Lamport Staduim, was built in 2006 and named in honour Dr. Rita Cox, community activist, Librarian and renowned Storyteller. Rita Cox is an exceptional individual who, through her love of the spoken and written word, has inspired people of all ages and has opened the literary world to her audiences. Rita’s work touches the lives of residents in the Parkdale community, especially children and newcomers to the city. Dr. Cox has pioneered and/or worked with a number of Parkdale agencies including Parkdale Project Read, Gallery 1313, Parkdale Intercultural Association, Parkdale Community Information Centre, and Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (just to name a few!) In naming a park in her honour, we celebrate Dr. Cox’s achievements and continuing contributions to the community.

Roncesvalles Village BIA

www.roncesvallesvillage.ca

Parkdale Village BIA

www.parkdalevillagebia.com

Liberty Village BIA

www.lvbia.com

Sunnyside Community Association

High Park Boulevard to the lake between Roncesvalles Avenue and Parkside Drive.

Junction Gardens BIA

www.junctionbia.ca

Bloor by the Park BIA

High Park Residents’ Association

http://highparkra.org/

Bloor Street to High Park Boulevard, between Parkside Drive and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Roncesvalles Reconstruction Project

When construction is complete Roncesvalles will be an innovative streetscape that meets the needs of a variety of users. Through extensive consultation we have developed a streetscape design that beautifies the public realm, supports local business, and improves accessibility for transit users and cyclists. This has been a major undertaking that could not have been possible without a great deal of community consultation and input.

Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study

In March 2008 after a number of Local Advisory Committee meetings, City Council approved an ‘Avenue’ study for the portion of Bloor Street West between Keele Street and Dundas Street. The Bloor-Dundas ‘Avenue’ study makes Planning recommendations for implementing the policies of the City of Toronto Official Plan.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=bf040621f3161410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Lamport Park

Working with Parks Forestry and Recreation, new turf and fencing has been installed at Lamport. With these new upgrades and the new installed bubble by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Lamport Stadium is now a year round city run facility. Many community recreation groups and organizations use Lamport as well as Caribana and other city-wide festivals. The local businesses in Liberty Village welcome the year round use.

West Bend Community Association

http://www.thewestbend.ca

Bound by Keele Street on the west, Bloor Street on the south and the railway line on the east and north.

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association

http://www.rmra-to.org/

Dundas Street to Queen Street, between Roncesvalles Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue. Golden/Ritchie triangle north of Dundas and south of Bloor east to the Railway tracks.

 

Parkdale Residents’ Association

http://parkdale.to/

Roncesvalles Avenue to Dufferin Street, South to the lake and North to Pearson Avenue, Macdonell to the railway tracks and back to Dufferin Street.

1100 King Street West

More information on 1100 King Street West can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

A development of two mixed-use buildings comprised of four levels of underground parking, including 746 vehicle parking spaces, non-residential uses at the ground, 2nd, and part of the 3rd floors, and a total of 511 residential units is currently being constructed.

A new bike path situated adjacent to the rail corridor north of the building is proposed to connect Joe Shuster Way to Liberty Village.

1205 Queen Street West

An 8-storey condominium finished construction in 2014.

Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

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