Supporting Local Businesses During KQQR Construction

Posted on June 17, 2021

Construction has started at the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles Intersection, however Parkdale Village and Roncesvalles Village are open for business! Shop local and support small businesses.

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City’s outdoor pools will begin to open this weekend

Posted on June 10, 2021

Ten City of Toronto outdoor pools will open early on Saturday, June 12, as the City moves into Step One of the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. An online reservation system will allow Toronto residents to reserve 45-minute swim sessions in advance. Reservations can be made beginning 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 10.

The 10 outdoor pools that will open on June 12 are:

  • Alex Duff – 779 Crawford St.
  • Monarch Park Pool – 115 Felstead Ave.
  • Heron Park CC – 292 Manse Rd.
  • Grandravine CC – 23 Grandravine Dr.
  • McGregor CC – 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Parkway Forest CC – 59 Forest Manor Rd.
  • Pine Point – 15 Grierson Rd.
  • Riverdale Park – 550 Broadview Ave.
  • Sunnyside-Gus Ryder – 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  • West Mall – 380 The West Mall

These locations will remain open until and including Labour Day, Monday, September 6, and will close for the season at 5 p.m. on that day. The remaining outdoor pools will open for the season on June 19, go to full hours when school is out on June 30, and remain open until Sunday, September 5.

Around 1,950 people – mostly young people – will be working to keep our outdoor pools running throughout the summer.

The City’s wading pools will operate from Wednesday, June 30 to Sunday, September 5. Hours of operation and swim times vary by location and can be reviewed online

Reservations for 45-minute outdoor swim sessions must be made in advance online . Through the system residents can:

  • Log in using existing family and client numbers
  • Create an account online for themselves and members of their family (first- time users)
  • Book leisure swims and lane swims up to one week in advance, one activity per day, per person
  • Cancel a reservation up to one day before the activity is scheduled. Same day cancellations can be made by calling 416-396-7378 and selecting option 1

Blocks of new swim reservation spots are released Thursdays at 8 a.m. for the following Monday to Sunday. A select number of spaces at each outdoor pool location will be held back to ensure swimming remains accessible to people with limited access to the internet. These spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Like last summer, the capacity at outdoor pools will be reduced to 25 per cent to ensure adequate space for physical distancing. Staff have worked closely with Toronto Public Health (TPH) to meet guidelines to ensure people can swim safely at outdoor pools. Patrons visiting the City’s outdoor pools will be required to sign in and provide their first name and an email or phone number to facilitate TPH contact tracing should it be required.

Supervision and/or swimming ability requirements are in place for children under 10 years of age at all City outdoor pools. Leisure swimming is free for all ages. Outdoor lane swim is also free and is open to swimmers seven years and older for swimming continuous lengths or widths. Caregivers are reminded to supervise children at all times.

The City began opening its splash pads on May 22, following changes to the Province’s orders allowing select outdoor recreation amenities to operate. Splash pad locations across Toronto will remain open until Sunday, September 19.

While the City’s beaches have remained open for essential exercise, lifeguards were stationed at the City’s designated swimming beaches starting on June 5 to supervise swimming zones. Lifeguard supervision of the swim zones at the City’s designated swimming beaches will wrap up on September 12.

More information on about swimming in the city is available here

Register for CampTO programs

Posted on June 10, 2021

Registration Summer CampTO is currently open. Summer CampTO programming will be offered across Toronto from Monday, July 5 to Friday, August 27, following the Province of Ontario’s announcement that summer day camps can operate during Step 1 of reopening.

CampTO will run for eight weeks for children between the ages of four and 12, at approximately 160 locations across the city. The City of Toronto will offer traditional day camp experiences, including dance, drama, music, arts and crafts, and active games. Adapted and inclusive programs for participants with disabilities will also be available. New this year, the City will introduce CampTO Plus, in-person specialty camps at community centres and museums, which will offer specialized programs in areas such as French immersion, arts, creative writing, nature and science.

The City’s Parks Forestry and Recreation Division will work closely with Toronto Public Health over the course of the summer season to ensure an effective COVID-19 response. All summer CampTO programs will follow provincial health guidelines for day camps. These guidelines include physical distancing, daily health screening, wearing masks, cohorting, and enhanced facility cleaning. Each camp group will stay together for the entire week and will not interact with other camper groups. Caregivers will receive a phone call prior to camp start to review procedures and do a pre-camp health check. CampTO campers and staff are expected to wear cloth face coverings or masks both indoors and out. Campers will be required to bring two to three clean face coverings or masks to camp each day.

In addition to in-person camps offered at City locations, CampTO Virtual will also be available. These 45-minute-long live and interactive workshops will be available to campers age four to 12, with interactive games and creative programming. Programs will also be available for people living with disabilities.

In total, this summer the City will offer more than 35,000 spaces for CampTO, including adapted programs, virtual workshops and CampTO Plus.

The quickest and easiest way to register for Summer CampTO and CampTO Virtual is online here . Phone registration will also be available at 416-396-7378. Although Civic Centres remain closed to the public to reduce the spread of COVID-19, five Community Centre locations will be open on Tuesday, June 8 for in-person registration support. Wi-Fi will be available, and staff will be on site to assist with the registration process. Residents may bring their own devices to in-person registration sites; however, staff will register those without their own devices. Locations and hours are available here

Residents who require help preparing for registration, can call 416-396-7378 Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents need a family and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling 416-396-7378.

Information on free programs and subsidies for recreation programs is available on the Free & Lower-Cost Recreation Options webpage .

More information about Summer CampTO is available on the CampTO webpage

City launches ParkFitTO – outdoor fitness programming

Posted on June 10, 2021

ParkFitTO will offer outdoor drop-in fitness workouts as well as weekly outdoor group fitness and walking programs. In order to facilitate drop-in workouts, a number of the City’s recreation centres will move fitness centre and weight room equipment outdoors into parks and other spaces adjacent to community centres.

ParkFitTO will operate from June 14 until September and will follow public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of participants. ParkFitTO provides both free and affordable paid options for individual and instructional group fitness.

Outdoor group fitness and walk-fit classes

Starting on June 8, residents will be able to register for group fitness and walk-fit classes, with programs starting on June 21. Outdoor group fitness classes are registered programs for one hour each week for a four-week period. Participants must be 13 years or older and each class is limited to 10 people. These programs will be continuous throughout the summer.

Outdoor group fitness classes include:

  • Outdoor walk-fit programs, in which instructors lead participants on pre-determined routes through neighbourhoods and parks. This program is free of charge, and there are more than 1,500 spaces available for booking at 32 locations across the city.
  • Fee-based group fitness classes include Zumba and Zumba Gold, Cardio High/Low, Cardio Dance and Cardio HIIT, Gentle Fit, Stretch and Tone, Run Fit and Boot Camp and are delivered by qualified staff. There are 2,350 spaces available for registration at 23 locations across the city.

The quickest and easiest way to register for outdoor group fitness and walk-fit classes is online at https://efun.toronto.ca/TorontoFun/Start/Start.asp. In addition, phone registration will be available at 416-396-7378.

Residents need a family number and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling 416-396-7378. Residents can also call this number Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for help preparing for registration.

Outdoor drop-in fitness workouts
Starting on June 10, residents age 16 and up can reserve a free 45-minute outdoor fitness workout, with up to 10 participants per location. Approximately 1,500 spaces will be available weekly for reservations at 12 locations across the city. Program tip sheets will be available for those looking to do self-guided workouts.

More information about ParkFitTO is available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/fitness-programs/parkfitto/.

Outdoor fitness permits for businesses

In recognition of the increased need for access to outdoor space, essential fresh air and exercise, and to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19, commercial permits for private businesses who want to offer outdoor fitness, yoga or martial arts classes in park spaces will be available free of charge this summer, subject to Council approval this week.

Beginning today, the City will accept requests for permits from June 14 through to October 3. Applications received on or before June 9 will be reviewed and processed by end of day on June 11 with the earliest possible start date. Applications received after June 9 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a target of two to three business days for processing.

Permits will be issued for open green spaces in parks, and approval for permit requests will depend on proximity to environmentally sensitive areas, sports fields, gardens, conflicts with other permitted or programmed areas and other site-specific considerations. Permit holders will be required to comply with current provincial restrictions, including gathering limits and restrictions around amplified sound. In Step 1, there will be a maximum of 10 participants, including an instructor. Typically, these permits are issued at a cost of $47.06 per hour. Interested businesses can contact pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca or 416-396-7378.

 

Permanent supportive housing proposed for 150 Dunn Ave.

Posted on June 4, 2021

I am so pleased to announce that the City of Toronto will be building supportive housing at 150 Dunn Avenue, on the University Health Network (UHN) site. The new building will provide warm, safe homes with supports for approximately 51 people, including women, Indigenous residents, racialized people, people with disabilities and other people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

This project is delivered in partnership with all levels of government, the University Health Network (UHN) Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine and the United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT). The support services model for this site will be developed by UHN’s Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine, the City of Toronto and community partners. It will incorporate a range of health and social services to be delivered onsite.

The new homes will be studio apartments each with a kitchen and a bathroom, using modular building construction

Providing residents with good quality, affordable housing is the cornerstone of vibrant, healthy neighbourhoods. Bringing people inside means there are fewer people outside struggling to survive. When a person chooses to live in homes with supports, they:

  •      have a warm, safe place to permanently call home.
  •      can access the necessities of life such as food, washrooms and laundry.
  •      can begin to heal from the damage caused by living outside.
  •      strengthen community connections.

Neighbours are invited to join us for a virtual Community Meeting on June 16, 2021 at 7 pm to learn more about these new homes with supports. The link for this session is: www.toronto.ca/150Dunn

A postcard and fact sheet with more information on this proposal were delivered to neighbours near 150 Dunn Avenue. Both are also available below for your reference. All of this information is also available at www.toronto.ca/150Dunn

I am happy to continue to share updates on this this exciting build as it moves forward.

Sincerely,

Gord

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150 Dunn Ave- Fact Sheet

ActiveTO routes announced for May long weekend in Toronto

Posted on May 20, 2021

This weekend’s ActiveTO major weekend road closures includes parts of Lake Shore Boulevard East, Lake Shore Boulevard West and roads within High Park. All will be closed to vehicular traffic to give residents more space for exercise and provide safe access to pedestrians and cyclists. The new ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail is now open for use until April 2022.

Toronto’s more than 1,500 parks and 11,000 hectares of ravine spaces are also open for fresh air and exercise everyday, including weekends.

The following ActiveTO locations will be available from Saturday, May 22 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 23 at 9 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road.

As part of ActiveTO, roads in High Park will be closed to vehicles for all three days of the long weekend. Vehicle access will be restricted starting Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Tuesday at approximately 7 a.m.

The planned temporary ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail along Bayview Avenue, between Mill Street and Rosedale Valley Road is now available to people walking and riding their bikes and will stay in place every day until April 2022, including weekends. The Bayview Avenue multi-use trail provides an important full-time temporary protected space for residents to get exercise, further connects and expands Toronto’s cycling network, and provides a detour for the planned Lower Don Trail construction closure this summer. The corridor will also safely accommodate vehicles. For the duration of the project, Bayview Avenue, between River Street and Lawren Harris Square, and between Front Street East and Mill Street, has been converted to one-way southbound only for vehicles.

City staff will continue to actively monitor traffic congestion on all routes throughout the weekend and adjust signal timing where required. To help manage traffic congestion around the Lake Shore Boulevard West route, the City will:

  • actively adjust signal timing at the intersection of Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West throughout the weekend
  • place additional paid duty officers at key intersections and access points along Lake Shore Boulevard West and the Brookers Lane off-ramp to allow for safe access to roads on the southside of the roadway
  • place additional Traffic Agents at key intersections where pedestrians and people on bikes access the closure
  • introduce more signage, well in advance of the closure, to advise motorists on the Gardiner Expressway sooner so that they avoid the area and choose a different route
  • improve traffic management plans at the Gardiner/Lake Shore Boulevard split and at the Windermere and Lake Shore Boulevard West intersection to allow for better traffic flow.

Motorists are reminded to plan their trips in advance to avoid the closures if possible and should consider using a wayfinding app to understand detours and travel times.

ActiveTO routes are open to people on bikes and pedestrians. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or as a pedestrian due to limited nearby parking and no on-site parking available.

Parking lots along Lake Shore Boulevard West, at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, will be closed all weekend during ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday.

City staff will close lanes on Allen Road on June 5 and are planning to expand ActiveTO weekend closures to vehicles along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place grounds later this summer.

Bike Share Toronto stations are available along ActiveTO routes. Download the PBSC app to get started at https://bikesharetoronto.com/app/.

ActiveTO was designed in response to COVID-19 to provide more space for people to practise physical distancing while outside, support the overall wellbeing of residents and to quickly connect and expand Toronto’s cycling network by installing safe, separated temporary bike routes that mirror major transit lines.

Learn more about ActiveTO, including information about the new ActiveTO Bayview Cycling Corridor, at www.toronto.ca/ActiveTO.

Maps and details for available paths and trails are available at www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/walking-hiking/.

Details about access to High Park are available at www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/high-park/high-park-vehicle-free-weekends/.

 

1978-2002 Lake Shore Community Meeting

Posted on May 20, 2021

Marlin Springs, the owners of the property at 1978-2002 Lake Shore Blvd, will be hosting a community meeting to discussed an updated proposal for their site on Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 pm.  To register, please visit bit.ly/2002lakeshore

As you may be aware, in September 2017 Marlin Springs first approached the community about a potential development on the site.  They submitted an application in December 2017 to the City’s Planning Department. While the file went quiet for many years, in March 2020, just prior to the lockdown, Marlin Springs updated their proposal to bringing the submission inside the existing strata on the site. To view their previous submissions, please visit the City’s Development Application Centre at http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do (search: 1978-2002 Lake Shore). On June 2, Marlin Springs will be bringing their latest idea to the community for comment.

While this meeting is hosted by the property owners, City Planning Staff and I will be attending and look forward to hearing your feedback at the meeting, and in the weeks that follow.  My team and I will keep you updated on any new information as we move forward.

1978-2002 Lakeshore Blvd. West- Public Meeting Notice

406-410 Keele Street Public Consultation: May 26

Posted on May 20, 2021

The public consultation for the proposed development at 406-410 Keele Street will be taking place on Wednesday, May 26, at 6:30 pm.  To register please visit this link.

The site previously was approved for a 5 storey, 30 unit apartment building. While the property owners are now applying for a building with the same height and massing as before, the following changes are being proposed:

– The number of dwelling units have increased from 30 to 64

– The overall residential gross floor area has increased from 4,222 square metres to 4,471 square metres

– Common indoor amenity space is now proposed in the form of a room on the first floor with kitchen and washroom

– Common outdoor amenity space is now proposed in the form of a dog relief area, a roof top terrace with storage room, and a terrace off the indoor amenity space

– The floor area above the 5th floor has increased

– The number of parking spaces has increased from 31 to 32

– A type ‘C’ loading space is now proposed

– curb-side garbage pick-up is no longer being proposed

If you cannot attend the meeting, and wish to submit your comments, please contact City Planner Catherine Jung (Catherine.Jung@toronto.ca) and my office.

Parkdale Community Hub – Virtual Community Meeting

Posted on May 19, 2021

The Parkdale Hub project, located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, is a transformational city-building initiative that will deliver wide-ranging social, cultural and economic benefits to the Parkdale community.

The intersection is currently home to an important cluster of City-owned facilities and community services, all of which are in need of significant capital investment over the next 10 years in order to maintain current service delivery levels. This project provides a unique opportunity to plan and build the City’s assets in a coordinated manner, taking advantage of existing adjacencies to create spaces that more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community.

During Phase 1 of the project in 2018 and 2019, the City of Toronto and CreateTO engaged the local community to develop a preferred massing concept for the site. Now, as part of Phase 2 of the project, the team will share and seek feedback on a preliminary design concept for the Parkdale Hub, answer questions and provide more information on the next steps in the process.

Join us on Thursday May 27th at 6:30pm for the virtual community meeting.

Meeting Details:

When: Thursday, May 27th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Online and by phone

Meeting Registration: https://swerhuninc.webex.com/swerhuninc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e32d4457fd01dfa24952a918546f9fe98

More information about the project, and details about how to join and participate in the public meeting, can be found on the project website (www.parkdalehub.ca).

ActiveTO will include Lake Shore Boulevard West this weekend

Posted on May 13, 2021

Yesterday, the City of Toronto announced that the ActiveTO major weekend road closure along Lake Shore Boulevard West will be in place for the first time in 2021 this weekend.

Weekend road closures to vehicles will also be in place along Lake Shore Boulevard East, Bayview Avenue, and in High Park to make more space for people.

By opening Lake Shore Boulevard West this weekend for people to be active, the City is taking advantage of lower than usual traffic volumes while the provincial Stay-at-Home order is in effect.

City staff will actively monitor traffic congestion on all routes this weekend. Work is already underway to plan and adjust signal timing at the intersection of Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West, as well as at the intersection of Leslie Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East. Paid duty officers will be positioned at key intersections along Lake Shore Boulevard West to allow for safe access to roads on the southside of the roadway.

The following closures will be in place beginning Saturday, May 15 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 16 at 9 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
  • Roads through High Park remain closed to vehicle traffic each weekend to allow people to explore the park while practising physical distancing. (Please note this takes place from Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Monday at 7 a.m.)

ActiveTO routes are closed to vehicles, but open to people on bikes and pedestrians. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or on foot because due to limited nearby parking and no on-site parking available.

City staff are planning a closure of Allen Road on June 5 as well as reviewing the potential for other weekend closures along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place.

Residents continue to be encouraged to stay close to home and explore the many paths, ravines, and hydro corridors with trails throughout Toronto that are open and available every day for fresh air and exercise.

Bike Share Toronto stations are available along ActiveTO routes. Enjoy unlimited 30-minute station-to-station trips, while your pass is active. Download the PBSC app for a contactless way to get started.

ActiveTO was designed in response to COVID-19 to provide more space for people to practise physical distancing while outside, support the overall wellbeing of residents and to quickly connect and expand Toronto’s cycling network by installing safe, separated temporary bike routes that mirror major transit lines.

Learn more about ActiveTO at www.toronto.ca/ActiveTO.

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