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

Posted on March 29, 2019

*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

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 and at 416-392-7919.


Upcoming Events at the High Park Nature Centre!

Posted on March 28, 2019

The location of all the following events is High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive).

Family Nature Walks

Title: Savannah Stewards

Date: April 13th 2019

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Fee/Suggested Donation: Suggested $2-$5

Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Join us to explore the endangered Black Oak Savannah ecosystem in High Park. Learn how Indigenous Peoples were involved in the creation and maintenance of the Savannah and how the city currently continues to restore High Park’s Savannah through yearly burns. We’ll also explore the beautiful species native to this special habitat.

Title: Signs of Spring

Date: April 27th 2019

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Fee/Suggested Donation: Suggested $2-$5

Ages: All Ages

Event Description: I saw the sign…of spring in High Park – and it opened up my eyes! Come join us and count the signs of spring on a hike through Toronto’s biggest park.

Special Events

Title: Earth Hour Event

Date: March 30th

Time: 7:30 to 9:30pm.

Fee: $20 / person (adults and children ages 3 and above). Children under 3 are free.

Ages: All Ages

Event Description Join us for a lights out event at the High Park Nature Centre! We’ll begin the event with candle dipping and lantern making. The lanterns will light our way through the trails as we learn about the impacts of climate change on the animals and plants of High Park. We will end the hike with a campfire and s’mores.

This is a family event; great for all ages!

We regret that this event is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Tickets are non-refundable.


Title: Caregivers in Nature: A Hands-on Workshop for Family Caregivers

Date: April 25th

Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Fee: Regular: $50
Seniors: $35 (60+ years)
Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops..

Event Description We invite caregivers for seniors to spend a rejuvenating half-day at the High Park Nature Centre exploring simple techniques for connecting with nature to promote health and well-being. Led by horticultural therapist Emma Rooney, this workshop will look at the barriers that seniors face getting outdoors and offer tips to help make nature more accessible to everyone, including those living with dementia. You’ll get a chance to test out a variety of activities—a sensory walk, bird watching, nature journaling, gardening for wildlife, soundscape mapping, and nature-inspired art—meant to orient participants to the season and their place in the local environment. Whether you’re a family member or someone who works/volunteers with seniors, plan to leave this workshop with a jar full of meaningful ideas to add nature to your caregiving routine. At the end of the session, we’ll have a chance to continue our group sharing over a light lunch of homemade soup.
We regret that this event is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Title: Teachers in Nature

Date: April 28th

Time: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Fee: Regular: $60 Seniors: $44 (60+ years) Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops.

Event Description Geared towards teachers, this workshop will explore interactive methods and activities to help get students out into nature in their local ecology. This workshop hopes to aid teachers in incorporating nature and outdoor time into their classrooms. Led by Jon Hayes and Clarissa Cremin-Endes of the High Park Nature Centre, this workshop will include time for discussion, and will address the advantages, as well as obstacles to getting students out in nature in an urban setting. The workshop will involve time indoors to explore theory on the subject, hands on activities and outdoor time on the trails of High Park to practice new skills in nature.
We regret that this event is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Contact Info:
High Park Nature Centre
P: (416) 392-1748

Earth Hour Walk through High Park Zoo – March 30, 2019

Posted on March 28, 2019

Friends of High Park Zoo and Green 13 are hosting Earth Hour Walk on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Meet up is at the Grenadier Restaurant (200 Parkside Dr.) at 8:30pm. Hot Chocolate will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring lanterns.

Toronto Police Service – Youth Fall After-School Employment Opportunity

Posted on March 28, 2019

It’s that time of year again! Toronto Police Service is now hiring youth 15-18 years old for our 2019 Fall Youth in Policing program. Students will work 6 hours each week and will receive 7 hours of mandatory training one Saturday each month.  The rate of pay will be $14/hour and the program will run from August 28, 2019  to December 21, 2019.  Placements are all across the City of Toronto at various Toronto Police Service Divisions and two Specialized Units.

Students can apply online at . The deadline to apply is April 25, 2019.

Youth in Policing Job Ad 2019- Fall Program

1540 Bloor Street West – Pre-Application Meeting – April 10, 2019

Posted on March 28, 2019

The developer of 1540 Bloor St West, Trinity Development Group, will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss its proposed plans for this site.

Date: April 10, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Lithuanian House – 1573 Bloor St. W.; Room – Ballroom (2nd floor)

The developer is proposing a 25 storey mixed-use development. Further details will be available at the community meeting.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email Councillor Perks office at

1540Pre-Application Meeting Notice (002)

Notice of Temporary Closure – Parkdale Public Library

Posted on March 26, 2019

Parkdale Branch will be closed as of Monday, April 8th, 2019 for Renovation

The small renovation to the main floor will include:

  • Relocation of the Music Instrument Lending Library
  • Reconfiguration of the adult computer area to allow more space per workstation
  • New mobile shelving in the teen and children’s area
  • New carpet

The book drop will be closed.  Musical instruments can be returned to the High Park Library where customers can borrow musical instruments that have been returned.

All other Library materials may be returned to any Toronto Public Library branch.

High Park Library will be open Sundays from April 14 – June 23, 2019.

During the closure call Answerline at 416-393-7131 for more information.

To find a list of major branch renovations, visit 


Construction Notice – Roof rehabilitation at Dundas West Station

Posted on March 26, 2019

As part of TTC’s state of good repair program, roof rehabilitation work will be done at Dundas West station. The station will remain open and transit service will be maintained. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of Summer 2019.

TTC Notice - Dundas West Station roof rehab - March 2019

Heritage Talk at Lambton House – Live in Harmony with Earth – April 11, 2019

Posted on March 21, 2019

Learning to live in harmony with the earth’s capacity” Heritage Talk with Sunday Harrison, M.E.S. Dipl LA and founder and Executive Director of Green Thumbs Growing Kids, a school gardening program in its 20th year. She contributes to knowledge-building in urban gardening, including green roofs, food gardening, landscaping with native plants, organic pest control, composting and rainwater catchment. Free. Doors open a 7:00pm. Talk begins at 7:30pm. Refreshments. Good-will offering appreciated.







Meeting Location Change -Development Application – 299 Glenlake Avenue at Pacific Avenue

Posted on March 21, 2019

An application has been submitted to the City proposing to amend the Zoning By-law at 299 Glenlake Avenue to permit an 11-storey infill apartment building (37.3 m in height, including mechanical penthouse) with 123 residential rental units situated to the north of the existing tower and fronting Glenlake Avenue.

A preliminary report on this application will be heard at Toronto and East York Community Council on March 19th by Toronto Community Planning staff. You can view the report at .

City Planning staff will be following up with a Community Meeting to review the application and seek input from local residents.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday April 23rd. The new meeting location is Runnymede United Church (432 Runnymede Road) from 6pm onwards.  Meeting Notice will be distributed within the next few weeks.

Councillor Gord Perks’ Office

Parkdale/High Park- Ward 4


Office: 416-392-7919

Parkdale’s Seedy Saturday and Green Fair – March 23, 2019

Posted on March 19, 2019

Saturday March 23, 2019 from 11am to 4pm
Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Av.
Toronto – Parkdale, ON

Join Greenest City and Toronto Urban Growers at Parkdale’s Seedy Saturday and Green Fair event this March 23rd.

Parkdale is a diverse community and our Seedy Saturday will celebrate that – join us to buy and exchange heirloom seed varieties, learn from interactive workshops, eat great food and support your local food justice initiatives.

Learn about green initiatives happening in our city that focus on sustainability, zero waste and green living.

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can.

Would you like to support this green event by volunteering? Sign up here :

More information:

March 2019