Dowling Cycling Route: Public Drop-In Event 2

Posted on April 25, 2017


You are invited to the 2nd Public Open House to discuss the proposed cycling route on Dowling Avenue, between the existing signed cycling route on Sorauren Avenue and the Waterfront Trail.  The objective of this route is to provide residents with easier and safer access to the waterfront by bicycle and create a gateway to greenspace for the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Parkdale Public Library – Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (at Cowan)


This proposed cycling route was identified as part of the City’s Cycling Network Plan, which presents a vision for how we may connect Toronto’s cycling routes.  The plan was approved in principle by Council on June 9, 2016 with the understanding that each route recommended in the plan would require further consultation to inform design option and to evaluate potential parking and traffic impacts.

In response to feedback received at the first public open house in September 2016, and through emails and phone calls, the City is now proposing a revised design for the cycling route. Past notices and materials from the first Drop-In Event public consultation events are available online at: Potential measures for the Dowling Cycling Route could include bike lanes, traffic calming measures, cycling wayfinding and new or modified traffic signals.

On May 14 and 15, 2016, crews demolished the Dowling Avenue Bridge over the Gardiner Expressway and a temporary crossing for bicycles and pedestrians has been installed.  The City is presently in conversation with Metrolinx, regarding a study for the design and construction of a permanent structure.

Presently, Dowling Avenue between King St. West and Queen St. West carries traffic one-way northbound and so the feasibility of introducing a southbound “contra-flow” bicycle lane is being evaluated.  This proposal would allow for lawful two-way cycling travel, however due to the narrow width of this roadway the introduction of a bike lane would require the displacement of approximately 32 on-street parking spaces.

Transportation Services is undertaking a parking survey of the area, to measure the overall parking supply availability, and would appreciate your feedback as part of this process.

Next Steps

Following the consultation period, staff will use feedback to inform preferred design solutions and report to City council in 2017.  The target implementation period of this project is 2017-2018.


If you are unable to attend the public event, you can still get involved by reviewing the information available online and contacting Transportation Services:

Transportation Services
Cycling Infrastructure & Programs
100 Queen St W, City Hall,
22nd Floor East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-397-4849
Fax: 416-392-4808

If more information is required, you can reach my office at or 416-392-7919.

Look forward to seeing you at the open house on Wednesday, May 17th, at Parkdale Public Library.


Shhh Volume 2, Musical Programming at Parkdale Library

Posted on April 18, 2017

Raw Materials is thrilled to announce the second instalment of ‘SHHHHH’, an annual event consisting of diverse musical programming at the Parkdale Public Library. The performances will be spread over two days, all free and accessible to the general public. May 5th’s sets will take place on the main floor of the library 7pm-8pm, while May 6th’s will happen in the basement auditorium 1pm-5pm / accessible by stairs or elevator.

Find more details, such as a list of performers, here:

Reminder: Environment Day Saturday, April 22, 10am-2pm

Posted on April 18, 2017

Just a friendly reminder of this upcoming event:

Saturday, April 22 | 10am-2pm
Sorauren Park | Along Wabash Ave. | south of Dundas St. W

Come out to Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave south of Dundas St W and join in to Reuse, Recycle, and Safely Dispose!

Bring used or unwanted electronics, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, unused medications, batteries, propane tanks, and oils to be safely removed.

Please do not bring: construction waste, gasoline, garbage, wood, cassette and video tapes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Green Bin exchanges will not be available at Community Environment Days events due to the coming new style of Green Bin.

Donate to schools for reuse:
• Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
• Children’s books, musical instruments
• CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
• Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
• Arts and crafts supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
• Corks, cork boards, clipboards
• Dress up clothing (costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)

Donate for reuse:
• Sporting goods (skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
• Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
• Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
• Small household items (dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
• Textiles in good condition (clothing, linens, etc.)
• Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

All donated items must be in very good condition.

Leaf compost* (limited to one cubic metre per household) is available for pickup as well. While supplies last.

Environment Day 2017

6 Noble Street Public Consultation

Posted on April 18, 2017

Please share with your neighbours

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 6 Noble Street Development Application.

This application proposes a 14-storey mixed-use building comprised of commercial space located on portions of the first and second floors, 174 residential units, and two levels of underground parking.

You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date:   May 4, 2017
Time:   6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place:  Parkdale Library Auditorium

The Preliminary Report will be available April 25th on-line through the 2017 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) Meeting agenda at The Report will also be available at the meeting.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Kirk Hatcher, City Planner, and/or Councillor Gord Perks, .


April 22nd Repair Cafe

Posted on April 18, 2017

Get broken household items fixed for free and learn while doing it! There will be fixers for computers and other electronics, small appliances, furniture, clothes, jewellery, book and paper repair, bikes, and more! With a special appearance by Bike Pirates!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
12:00 to 4:00 pm (Registration closes at 3pm)
Parkdale Public Library
1303 Queen St West
Cost: Free!

Chelsea Park Improvement Community Meeting

Posted on April 12, 2017

Hello Friends,

Please join me for a meeting with community members and City of Toronto Parks staff to discuss upcoming improvements to Chelsea Park. Community input is very important in deciding how best to improve public spaces and this meeting will serve as a great opportunity to hear from many different perspectives about how our park is used, and what upgrade choices and design implementations would best serve the neighbourhood.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School
1515 Bloor St W, 3rd Floor Staff Room


Chelsea Park Community Meeting Flyer April 20 2017


Spring into Parkdale

Posted on April 11, 2017

The Annual Spring into Parkdale sidewalk festival is taking place on Saturday May 13th this year!

The excitement starts at 11am, with the sidewalk portion ending at 6pm and a Night Market staying open until 10pm. Stalls from local shops and interesting guests will fill the street, accompanied by a craft zone for children, live music, tulip giveaways, and more!

Find more information here:

Long-Term Financial Plan Consultations

Posted on April 10, 2017

The City of Toronto invites you to join Toronto residents at City Hall for an interactive afternoon of workshops and discussion. We want to hear your ideas on how the City can balance both its books and its long-term priorities. And with your help, we can build a long-term financial plan that will bring us all closer to the city we want.

Below is information about the City’s upcoming public consultation – Investing In TO. The event will bring together staff, organizations and residents to explore how we can balance our books and our long-term goals.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
Open House: 12:30 pm
Consultation Sessions: 1pm – 5pm

LTFP Consultation Phase 2

1182 & 1221 King Street West King Street West Community Meeting

Posted on April 10, 2017

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 1182 & 1221 King Street West Rezoning Application. At this consultation, you will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

Date: Tuesday April 18th, 2017
Time: 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Place: Holy Family Catholic School – Gymnasium (141 Close Avenue)

The proposed rezoning application is to permit the construction of a 17-storey mixed use building at 1182 King Street West and a 14-storey mixed use building at 1221 King Street West. Both buildings include commercial uses at grade with residential above and 3 levels of underground parking. A community consultation meeting was previously held for this application in October, 2015, when the proposal was for a 21-storey building at 1182 King Street West and a 19-storey building at 1221 King Street West.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Michelle Knieriem, City Planner, and/or Councillor Gord Perks,

Dundas/Roncesvalles Planning Study Meeting

Posted on April 5, 2017


The City of Toronto is currently undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

The study focuses on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to appropriately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements.

City Planning Staff are holding a Community Consultation meeting to provide an update on the study’s progress and to outline some draft urban design guidelines.

Please join us for a community updated meeting on:

Date: April 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (Gymnasium), 116 Fermanagh Ave

Your input is important to this process.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please forward your comments to my office at and/or Joanna Kimont, City Planner at


Dundas Roncesvalles meeting April2017


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