This week, the City announced the recipients of the PollinateTO community grants. Through the grants, the City provides funding of up to $5,000 per project for community-led initiatives that create or expand pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto.
I am happy to share that this grant was awarded to several projects in Ward 4. The list of recipients include:
- HPAS Garden Stewards (Annette Street Primary School & High Park Alternative School)
- Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School Garden Committee
- The Junction BIA
- West Bend Green Community
The funded projects will serve as pollinator pathways and also engage and educate the community through a variety of measures.
More information about the grant recipients and their projects is available on the City’s PollinateTO Grants webpage.
The City is also hosting compost days where free compost will be available for pick up. The compost is created from yard waste and organic material collected at the curb throughout Toronto.
Ward 4 Compost Days:
April 28th at 2:00pm at Masaryk Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Ave)
April 30th, at 10:00am along Wabash Ave.
May 7th at 10:00am at King George Junior Public School (25 Rexford Rd)
A reminder to please bring your own shovel and containers to pick up compost.
Participants are asked to register their cleanups online at www.livegreentoronto.ca. Registration helps the City to arrange special litter pickups, avoid duplicate cleanups and measure results. The deadline to register is Friday, April 15.
More information is available on the Clean Toronto Together webpage: www.toronto.ca/cleantorontotogether.ca.
Announcing the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations’
VIRTUAL TENANT SCHOOL
Free legal workshops for tenants via Zoom
Taught by staff from community legal clinics and the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations
March 2nd & 3rd at 6 pm and March 5th and 6th at 2 pm
Intro to Landlord/Tenant Law – Wednesday, March 2nd, 6 pm
Getting Repairs Done – Thursday March 3rd, 6 pm
City Hall 101 – Saturday, March 5th, 2 pm
Tenant Associations 101 – Sunday, March 6th, 2 pm
You do not have to attend every workshop.
To register and receive your Zoom invite, go to https://forms.gle/Qn1x3duAHNy4f2Fo8 for the online registration form or contact Joeita Gupta at email@example.com or 416-413-9442.
For more information: www.torontotenants.org
Title: High Park Summer Hikes for All Ages
The High Park Nature Centre invites you to guided summer hikes for all ages. We
build our friendship with nature by exploring the many gifts and riches found in all four corners of High Park. Use your senses, discover different habitats and learn together with other curious folks about our nature neighbours that live and grow in High Park.
Time: Thursdays in August, 4:30-6pm
August 12: Grenadier Café
August 19: High Park Nature Centre/ Main Building
August 26: High Park Zoo Parking Lot
Cost: Adults $15 / Youth $12 / Children $10 per hike (All participants require a ticket)
For more information and to register:
Contact email and phone number:
Today the City is announcing a schedule of full and partial closures of Lakeshore West as part of our ActiveTO program. Many of us had wanted this to happen sooner. Because we are reconstructing the intersection of King/Queen/Queensway/Roncesvalles (KQQR) there was a possibility that closing Lakeshore at the same time would create serious problems. There were three issues I was particularly concerned about. First, we needed to be sure we could maintain ambulance access to St. Joseph’s hospital. Second, I wanted to be sure that the TTC service on King, Queen, and the Queensway could still function, and third we needed to be sure we didn’t create complete gridlock for people in the area around the construction zone.
City staff have completed a study on the impacts of the construction work on these issues and have given the go ahead for the Lakeshore West ActiveTO closures. This is great news. Last year an average of 22,000 people were walking, running, and cycling each day during the Lake Shore closure West. I’m thrilled we are able to offer it again.
You can find more information about the construction work here:
You can find more information on closures of Lake Shore West during the month of July here:
Also we are working on two transformative projects in the Ward that might be of interest.
High Park Movement Strategy
The City of Toronto is preparing to launch a study to both improve the travel network for High Park and better serve park users and the surrounding community.
As you know, we’ve opened High Park to pedestrians and cyclists. The recent road closures to motorists in High Park have provided users with additional space to physically distance. The community has responded positively to these changes. There will be a survey that will be released shortly, along with public consultations in the fall. Please stay tuned for more information.
Western Waterfront Master Plan
The Western Waterfront Master Plan (WWMP) was approved by City Council and is being used to guide future decisions related to improvements to the public realm within the Western Waterfront over the next twenty years and beyond. The Master Plan provides an overall vision for improving parkland, beaches, break walls, trails, promenades, roads, bridges, servicing and recreational facilities within the Western Waterfront. The Plan applies to the waterfront area between the Humber River and Exhibition Place and includes Sunnyside Beach and Marilyn Bell Park.
Concept plan for the Western Waterfront Master Plan:
ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX will return this summer to engage Toronto youth, children and their families at parks and outdoor spaces across the City for a second summer.
Beginning Monday, July 5, ParksPlayTO will offer free drop-in and activity-based, recreation programming Monday to Friday at 74 locations. ParksPlayTO will offer activities such as exploring nature, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, story-telling and music circles for children and their caregivers. Children age 12 and under will be welcomed to ParksPlayTO Adult caregivers are required to accompany all program participants. ParksPlayTO will run morning and afternoon sessions, with 25 spots available at each site at a time. Programming will run for eight weeks from July 5 to August 27.
Summer in the 6IX, which will also begin on Monday July 5, is a free program designed for Toronto youth, aged 13 to 24, offering opportunities to drop in, meet up with friends and participate in themed activities. Programming includes dance, fitness, and sports, as well as leadership, employment, arts and media. The program, which will be offered for nine weeks from July 5 until September 3 (Monday to Friday), is available to all Toronto youth at parks across the City.
Health guidelines for both programs were developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and are aligned to provincial guidelines, including program capacities, physical distancing, adequate cleaning, mask wearing, signage, daily health checks and screening.
ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX are free drop-in programs and registration is not required. People can head to the location where activities are scheduled to secure a spot on-site.
The City will also offer adapted and inclusive outdoor programming at 20 outdoor spaces near community centres with washroom access throughout the summer. These programs are open for children aged four to 12 and youth aged 13 to 29 who are living with a disability. Programs include an adapted walking program for children, arts, science and adapted movement in the park. Read more information about adapted and inclusive outdoor programming and register online, call 416-395-6128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX for more information.
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/.
ANXIETY – Friend or Foe?
Thursday, May 13, 7 p.m. Free Online Event, hosted by Windermere United Church
Join Andrew Poulos, M. Ed., for a conversation on understanding and addressing anxiety. Andrew is a Registered Psychotherapist who helps students and adults actively manage mental health challenges. In this one-hour conversation, Andrew will unpack anxiety, how it affects us, and share practical tools for its management.
Register to participate in the conversation by Zoom here: https://forms.gle/XKZ53o5stuxRmEGq7
Or watch as we broadcast the event live at Facebook.com/WindermereUC
ZOOVIEWS is Friends of High Park Zoo’s live speaker series with the ability to ask questions of an expert!
Join on Saturday, May 1 at 1:00pm EST, along with animal expert Dr. Taylor Chastain Griffin to learn more about llamas. Please visit our website (www.highparkzoo.ca/events) for Zoom meeting details.
This talk will be about the general effects of animal-assisted interventions on human health and well-being, as well as animal-related engagement. There will be a specific focus on llamas.
ZOOVIEWS is Friends of High Park Zoo’s live speaker series with the ability to ask questions of an expert!
Join on Saturday, May 15 at 9:00am EST, along with animal expert Dr. Emilio A. Herrera Perez to learn more about capybaras. Please visit our website (www.highparkzoo.ca/events) for Zoom meeting details.
This talk will be about the capybara – its size, some general characteristics such as precociality, diet and social system.