Jameson Bridge NOW OPEN!!

Posted on July 18, 2008

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Jameson bridge officially re-opened today (Friday July 18th, 2008). Access to the waterfront has now been fully restored, and it is my understanding that folks are crossing the bridge on this very humid day as I am writing this to all of you.

I would like to thank City staff who worked with my office to accelerate the construction schedule for the bridge. I would also again like to thank members of the community who advocated for proper notification and information processes to be in place so my office, waterfront staff and the community are fully informed well in advance of any major construction projects that impede access to the waterfront.

I look forward to working with you as we move forward with the Western Waterfront Master Plan.

Budapest Park Update

Posted on July 18, 2008

As many of you know, Budapest Park suffered damage as a result of last week’s major storm. Parks and Toronto Water staff have made every effort to address the damages and remediate the affected area. It is my understanding that the clean up has been moving along smoothly and that the sanitizing is complete. Staff advised that the washrooms are now open and that the majority of the beach has been cleaned of debris.

The boardwalk will start to be removed tomorrow, sand to restore the beach is scheduled for delivery on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Playground equipment and all other Park furnishings will power washed and sanitized by Thursday evening.

Pending approval by Public Health and the Ministry of the Environment staff expect the park to be reopened by next weekend.

Attention Tennis Players in Ward 14

Posted on July 18, 2008

I have two good news stories for avid tennis players in Ward 14. The Park and Recreation 2008 capital projects include funds for revitalization of the Tennis Courts, located at Marilyn Bell Park. The work, which I have requested to begin in September, to allow access over the summer, will include new court surface as well as new fencing and net posts.

In addition I am pleased to say that, at my request, Parks and the TDSB have negotiated a shared use agreement for the tennis courts at Parkdale Collegiate Institute. The courts will be open to the public for use after regular school hours starting next week. The courts will be opened by TDSB staff in the morning and closed by Parks staff at 9:30pm daily.

Roncesvalles Environmental Assessment

Posted on July 18, 2008

Thank you to all the residents who had an opportunity to come out on Wednesday July 9th to meet with me and Transportation staff at the environmental assessment public consultation.

As you know staff are seeking approval for this project at a conceptual level. Please review the display boards on the City of Toronto website, link provided below, and share your comments with staff.

The Roncesvalles Reconstruction project is scheduled for 2009-2010. We have decided, in an effort to streamline this process, to run the environmental assessment in parallel with the design process. Once a cross section has been approved by the community and at Council, and the street survey is completed by Technical Services I will be organizing a community meeting to discuss the detailed design elements for Roncesvalles. I am hoping that a meeting of this nature will be organized in October, once the EA is complete.

The Roncesvalles Ave EA meeting display boards:


Points of Interest

Posted on July 18, 2008

Greenest City is Hosting Summer Workshops at HOPE Community Garden

Jul-15 Organic Pest Management: Learn how to prevent and manage pests naturally. – Robert Weeks

Jul-22 Where Does Our Food Come From? Understanding the Global Food System – Melissa Benner

Jul-29 Food, Culture, Media: Becoming Critical Consumers – Melissa Benner

Aug-05 Pollinators/Beneficial Insects: Identifying beneficial insects and pollinators in our garden – Tania Sanhueza

Aug-12 Native Plants: Designing a Native Plant Garden – Bennet Deakin, Abbey Huggan & Pat Cepin

Aug-13 Potluck & Rainwater Harvesting System Opening

Aug-19 The Food Movement: Eating Local, Thinking Global – Melissa Benner

Aug-26 World on a Plate: An evening of sharing cooking and eating with our Parkdale Gardeners

Sep-28 Harvest Festival

Sep-30 Sprouting at Home – Toronto Sprouts

All of our workshops are free and open to everyone. We do not ask for RSVPs, but it would help us prepare better if we get an idea of how many participants we are having. For more information please contact: Gelek Badheytsang , 647-438-0038, gelek@greenestcity.ca

The 2008 Parkdale Youth Festival is seeking: Artist, performers, vendors and volunteers

Are you an artist or musician looking to showcase your talents? Are you part of

an organization that services young people? Do you want to get involved in a

community event? Then you might be interested in taking part in the fourth

annual Parkdale Youth Festival. It’s been dubbed the largest gathering of youth

service organizations in the west end of Toronto, and this year we will once

again be showcasing a spectacular line up of local entertainment for people of

all ages.

On Saturday August 23 from 2:00pm -10:00 pm Masaryk-Cowan Park and Community

Centre will play host to a day of music, art and information to raise awareness

for various city-wide youth service organizations.

All youth organizations are offered a complimentary community table to display

their information on available youth services and programs.

Contact Festival Innovator info@parkdalefestival.com

Deadline for application is July 31st, 2008.

Edmund Place Fundraiser
Edmund’s Place is sponsoring their second annual fundraising boat cruise on Wednesday August 20, 2008 at 6:00. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of music, dancing, great food and, at the same time, support affordable housing!

To order tickets, call 416-537-2262 ex. 244 or email at edmondplacecruise@parc.on.ca. Or you can pick up your favourite reading material and a ticket at Another Story Book Shop at 315 Roncesvalles, open 7 days a week or call 416-462-1104.

Location: Pier 29, 261 Queen’s Quay (East of Sherbourne)

August 20, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. sharp return at 10:30 p.m.

Ticket price: $75.00

Please see the attached flyer for more information: evening-magic-flyer.pdf

Grand Opening : Sorauren Park Farmer’s Market

Please join me, Ward 14 residents, local farmers, and local food producers at the Sorauren Park Farmer’s Market Grand Opening, Monday July 21st from 3 to 7:30pm.

See the attached poster for more details: grand_opening.jpeg

Sorauren Park Festival

Come out and join your neighbours on July 19th for the Sorauren Park Festival.

See attached Flyer for more details : websorauren.jpg

July 2008