The City of Toronto is planning to replace damaged curbs and/or sidewalks and resurface several roads in the Ward. Inspection of the roads shows that they need repaving and sections of damaged curb and/or sidewalk need to be replaced to bring them to a state of good repair.
This work is part of the Council-approved 2020 Capital Works Program to renew aging city roads and sidewalk for current and future needs.
The work is expected to start in Spring 2020 and end by Fall 2020.
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE CONSTRUCTION
•Work crews will mark sidewalks and/or curbs requiring replacement and the locations of underground utilities, such as gas, water, and electrical cables so that the construction work does not interfere with these utilities.
•This work should take place in 2020. A Construction Notice with more detailed information including start and end dates will be delivered about two weeks before work begins.
•Work in the boulevard in front of homes and commercial properties is expected. This work includes removing and replacing driveways, municipal sidewalks and grassed boulevards, where necessary
Maps of the Work Areas:
UPDATE — The prescribed burns are cancelled for the year 2020 due to the current situation with COVID-19 —
Prescribed burns are part of The City’s long-term management plan to restore and protect Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees.
City staff and burn consultants are monitoring the weather and on-site ground conditions to determine the optimal time window for the prescribed burn. Once ideal weather conditions are achieved and a burn date has been selected, a Media Advisory will be issued to notify the public, a minimum of 24 hours before ignition.
Prior to European settlement, controlled burns were used by Indigenous Peoples to manage and maintain this fire-dependent ecosystem.Fire-dependant ecosystems like black oak savannahs, contain prairie plants that respond positively to prescribed burning and grow more vigorously than they would in the absence of fire.
Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burn will rise without impacting the surrounding neighbourhoods. It is possible however that weather conditions could change and that smoke from burning vegetation reach residential areas near the park.
Individuals with asthma and high sensitivity to poison ivy should limit their exposure by staying inside and keeping their windows closed. Some individuals may choose to leave the park during the burn if they are concerned about any potential sensitivity to smoke.
The red shaded area on the map below shows the planned burn zones.
For more information about the prescribed burn program and ongoing forest management, please visit www.toronto.ca/urban-forest-management.