Exploring new ways to share information with each other is a cornerstone of improving the planning process. To do this it is essential to have city-wide data in accessible formats. A variety of 3D digital information and models exist but currently, the data is not readily available to the general public. Providing a consistent city-wide 3D data source will link these digital city planning models and materials together and will allow us to imagine our city from different perspectives. The Open Data site will enable access to application developers, designers, urban planners and architects, and the public. Ideally, this will enable the creation of a visual portal and access to a large collection of city building ideas.
A prescribed burn in designated areas of High Park is scheduled to take place Friday, April 15, as current forecasts predict optimal weather conditions. A public briefing to outline plans for the burn will be held in the park prior to ignition.
Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Grenadier Restaurant parking lot, High Park (enter the park at Bloor Street and follow West Road to restaurant, or enter off Parkside Drive, turn right at first stop sign and follow road to restaurant)
Burning is expected to take place from approximately 2 to 5 p.m. (the exact time will be dependent upon weather conditions). Some areas of the park will be restricted to the public and some park roads will be closed. Residents are advised to avoid High Park during the burn if they are concerned about the risk of inhaling smoke from burning vegetation, which could include poison ivy. Residents and businesses in surrounding neighbourhoods are encouraged to close windows, doors and ventilation intakes during the burn to prevent any smoke from entering their homes or buildings, as smoke can travel up to several kilometres away from the burn sites.
A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees. Prescribed burns are part of the City’s long-term management plan to protect and sustain Toronto’s rare black oak savannah habitat. A Fire Boss with extensive prescribed burning experience created the 2016 burn plan, and will be implementing it with assistance from Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff. Toronto Fire Services and police have been notified and will assist if required.
More information is available at http://bit.ly/1U2hGZv.