Close Springhurst and Close Avenue Parkettes

Close Avenue Audit

On the night of Wednesday May 9th, I organized and lead a “Community Audit” of Close Springhurst Parkette and Close Avenue Parkette. I felt it was important to bring together City staff, Police, local residents, the superintendent of 22 Close Avenue, members of the Parkdale Residents Association, the Principal and representatives of a parents group for Queen Victoria Public School, Toronto Hydro, and design consultants to talk about how we can improve the use and accessibility of the two parkettes. First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who took time out to attend and share their thoughts and ideas (and what a great turnout it was!) A number of concerns came up with respect to park design, lighting and visibility in the park, and I am happy to report that through our discussion we came up with some viable solutions to address some of these issues. In the long term, I will continue to work with residents, with City Parks Forestry and Recreation, with Toronto Police, with Queen Victoria Public School and with the Toronto District School Board to enhance these two important spaces in the Parkdale community.