In the early spring I hosted a “Community Safety Audit”at Close Avenue and Close Springhurst Park. Both residents and parents expressed concern with lighting, accessibility and park use. Since May, I have been working with staff to address the issues raised by the park users. I am very pleased to announce that Hydro has confirmed that two floodlights have been installed on poles in the laneway adjacent to Close Springhurst parkette and that the Forestry department will again be trimming the trees in the park to increase visibility. In addition to the lighting improvements, I asked the Parks department to remove the white fence on the east side of the park to open up site lines, and this task was recently completed.
Since these changes have been made many residents have contacted my office to express their satisfaction with these improvements, noting that the space has become more welcoming and accessible. I look forward to continuing to work with the community and staff to enhance both parks.
Congratulations to Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre for winning the 2007 City of Toronto Access Award for Disability Issues. This award was established in 1981 as part of the celebrations for the International Year for the Disabled. It acknowledges a significant contribution towards improving the lives of individuals with disabilities by integrating them into all aspects of society through the design of a new or renovated structure, program or service.
This year, the Oasis Neighbourhood Challenge for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will take place on Sunday, September 30th. During this event, I would again like to let everyone know that parking on parkland is not permitted. Please be advised that Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff will be out on the 30th ticketing vehicles that are parked on parkland, as they do for any major events. This year’s Parkdale/Roncesvalles site will be hosted by the Revue Film Society, at Lakeshore and Palais Royale, underneath the footbridge over Lakeshore from the foot of Roncesvalles. I hope that you will support the Revue Film Society and the great work they are doing to revive the Revue Theatre. Come out and help them to raise funds and generate awareness of this great cause! Please visit their page at http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/nc/nc2.htm This year, Melanie and April Boultbee will be running for the Parkdale/Roncesvalles neighbourhood, and for the Revue Film Society. Check out the link below to find out more http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/nc/nc2.htm#april See you there!
Presented on the same weekend as Artscape’s Queen West Art Crawl (September 14-16), PLAY/GROUNDS will showcase new works from Katie Bethune-Leaman, The Gladstone Cooperative, Anthea Foyer, Oliver Husain, Katherine Lannin, Adam Lauder, Laura Nanni and Adam Paolozza, Jon Sasaki, Nick Tobier, and Joy Walker. This is an eclectic selection of work that includes a performance in the hallways of the Gladstone Hotel, a cheer rally under the Dufferin Street bridge, A Layperson’s Field Guide to Parkdale Mushrooms and a tail gate party in the parking lot beside the Rhino.