Lamport Update!

Posted on May 16, 2008

 

I am pleased to announce that Lamport Stadium has been revitalized with both new turf and new fencing. The installation of the turf and the painting of the lines are now complete.

I am thrilled that Lamport Stadium will once again be a City run facility that can be enjoyed by both participants and spectators.

Jameson Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

Posted on May 16, 2008

Many of you have written to me sharing your concern regarding pedestrian access to the waterfront during construction of the Jameson Avenue Bridge Reconstruction (May to November 2008).

Like you I am very frustrated with the lack of pedestrian access to the waterfront from Parkdale. As you are aware, the roadway and pedestrian infrastructure environment presents several logistical problems.

With regards to the bridge reconstruction, rescheduling to later in the year provides a very narrow window of opportunity to complete the project before the onset of winter, potentially resulting in full closure of the bridge over the winter and possibly into the spring if the project cannot be completed. Given the possibility of bad weather in the late fall this is a very real risk.

Installation of temporary traffic signals anywhere in proximity to the bridge is extremely unsafe due to the number of FG Gardiner Expressway ramps and criss-crossing of traffic in the area. lt might be possible to install temporary signals near Dowling Avenue but this is not an ideal location since there is turning traffic from Dowling Avenue onto westbound Lake Shore to be considered, along with six lanes of traffic and an uphill grade approaching eastbound on Lake Shore. In addition, there is no direct pedestrian access to Dowling Avenue from the Jameson/Springhurst area. Pedestrians would have to walk to King Street then west to Dowling before walking south to Lake Shore (a distance of about a kilometre). This is similar to the distance required in walking to Dufferin Street. Finally, Dowling Avenue presents many installation problems, including pole locations to support the signals, and the need for controller equipment including pedestrian call buttons. Assuming funds for the installation can be secured, installation would take several weeks. Given the time involved, bridge work will be nearly completed before the signals could be installed (under current scheduling of the bridge work).

Erecting a temporary bridge would cost over $200,000.00 and this would also require constructing a sidewalk to access the bridge. Further a temporary bridge would only have stairs, creating difficulty for cyclists and persons with strollers. Again installation time must be considered which impacts on current scheduling.

I urge you to visit the Western Waterfront Master Plan, http://www.toronto.ca/waterfront/wwmp.htm, which will be addressing this very issue, and voice your concern. Although the input period for the initial public consultation is complete there will be further public input sought over the coming months in regards to the WWMP. Dates of these public information/consultations will be posted on this website, www.gordperks.ca as soon as they become available.

Recycling and Garbage Bin information and meeting reminder

Posted on May 16, 2008

Ward 14 residents will (if they have not already) be receiving their new Blue Bins over the course of the next week and Garbage Bins will be rolling out later this summer.

If, after you have tried your new Blue Bin for several collection cycles, you decide you need to upgrade or downsize (currently there are three bin sizes – medium, large and extra large) please call Customer Service at 416-392-BINS (2467).

Every household is allowed one free exchange prior to November 1, 2008.

For all other questions please refer to the City of Toronto website: http://www.toronto.ca/target70/qa.htm

or call my office directly.

Here is some information on the new Garbage Bin roll out.

You will be receiving a Garbage Bin order package in the mail asking you to select a new Garbage Bin for your household. Need help deciding which bin is right for you? Visit a display to see the different sizes of Garbage Bins available and to talk to City of Toronto staff.

Events in Ward 14:

Monday June 2nd, 2008

2pm – 8pm

Parkdale Public Library

1303 Queen Street West at Cowan Avenue

Thursday June 5th, 2008

2pm – 8pm

High Park Public Library

228 Roncesvalles Avenue at Wright Avenue

Saturday June 7th, 2008

10am – 4pm

Baird Park Lawn Bowling Club

203 Keele Street @ Humberside Avenue

Sorauren Farmers' Market season is beginning!

Posted on May 16, 2008

The Friends of Sorauren Park invite you, your family, friends and neighbours to fill your bags with bounties from the Greenbelt, and help them develop a vibrant Market with creative space to celebrate local food culture.

The Market will take place in Sorauren Park on MONDAYS 3-7pm, MAY 26th till OCTOBER 27th, rain or shine.

For more information please visit http://www.westendfood.coop/

Sorauren Farmers’ Market season is beginning!

Posted on May 16, 2008

The Friends of Sorauren Park invite you, your family, friends and neighbours to fill your bags with bounties from the Greenbelt, and help them develop a vibrant Market with creative space to celebrate local food culture.

The Market will take place in Sorauren Park on MONDAYS 3-7pm, MAY 26th till OCTOBER 27th, rain or shine.

For more information please visit http://www.westendfood.coop/

Items of Interest

Posted on May 16, 2008

Parkdale Visioning with PLEDC in partnership with MPP Cheri Dinovo

Please join PLEDC and MPP Cheri Dinovo for the final of the three sessions to create a new vision for Parkdale. In the first session, last November, they created a broad vision, which is summarized in eight major themes. In the second session they looked at what obstacles they might face in achieving the vision. In this third session they’ll develop strategies to overcome those obstacles in order to achieve the vision. Once again they will use the Facilitated Workshop method, led by Mark Ellwood, a volunteer consultant with Management Advisory Service.

Don’t worry too much if you missed the first two session. To View Previous Session Results please go to:

http://www.parkdaleliberty.com/show_info.php?page_id=48

Next Meeting:

Where: 20 West Lodge at the May Robinson Apartments Auditorium

When: Tuesday May 20^th from 6pm to 9pm

2008 Public Forum – TTC Accessibility and Disability Accommodation

The public are invited to attend an Open Forum to discuss Accessibility issues and Disability Accommodation on the TTC. TTC Commissioners, TTC staff, and members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT) will be on hand to hear from the public on matters of the accessibility of conventional and to-the-door (Wheel-Trans) public transit services in Toronto. Let us know how the TTC can make the system better for our customers with disabilities. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 20th, at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

PUBLIC FORUM

When: Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Where Canadian National Institute for the Blind. 1929 Bayview Avenue. (Regularly scheduled accessible bus service available on the 11 Bayview from Davisville Station.)

Who: TTC Commissioners, TTC Staff and the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT).

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