Plan your route to see the High Park Cherry Blossoms – Vehicles will not be permitted

*Please share with your neighbours*

Every year tens of thousands of people visit High Park to take part in what has become a rite of Spring in Toronto: viewing the blossoming Sakura (cherry blossom) trees.

This year, the City at the request of Toronto Police Services, will prohibit vehicle access to and parking in High Park during the peak cherry blossom bloom days. This is to ensure public safety in High Park during the festival.

To address traffic and congestion challenges in communities around High Park, I have worked with City staff, Toronto Police Services and the TTC to introduce changes to the Operational Plan for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

The following steps will be taken to help minimize the impact of traffic and congestions in the area:

– The City as well as my office will release information that alert visitors of the park closure to vehicles and highlight the best TTC options for getting to the park

– There will be a significant increase in the number of Parking Enforcement Unit officers (PEOs) assigned to the event. In the past, the PEOs concentrated on parking problems inside High Park. This year, they will be patrolling the streets around the Park. PEOs will be on bicycles and in vehicles to respond effectively to parking complaints. . The PEOs will ticket vehicles found to be violation. They will also have the ability to tow vehicles when necessary.

For residents in the community, you can also file a complaint with Parking Enforcement if any vehicles are blocking your driveway or are parked illegally. Complaints can be made by phone at 416-808-2222 or online by visiting https://www.torontopolice.on.ca/core/immediate_parking_complaint.php

Many of these changes are being introduced for the very first time this year. As a result, there will be important lessons learned that can help inform our efforts in the future.

I will be meeting with Toronto Police and Transportation after the festival to discuss improvements for next year. Please share any feedback or suggestions you have with me.

You can reach me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and at 416-392-7919.

Gord