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Parks and Environment

Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground Improvement UPDATE

Dear residents,

 

Thank you to  everyone who has contributed to improving  Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground and June Rowlands Park. Whether you were able to participate by attending Tuesday night's meeting, or took the time to share your feedback through email, I appreciate all of the thoughtful insight comments and ideas on how we can make our community park even better! As you may recall, a few years ago, I named our playground in honour of Sharon, Lois & Bram to celebrate the beloved children's music trio and created the Music Garden as part of that celebration of their legacy and our community. There have been several improvements to the playground including: replacing the concrete stage with a wooden surface, adding a black gate to provide definition around the garden, a harvest table for gatherings and birthday parties, a community garden and several other features that I'm confident that you'll enjoy.

 

We certainly heard different opinions of what the vision for the Park should be. However, I respect how people at the meeting actively listened to each other to ensure that as many viewpoints as possible could be reflected in the park design.

 

Although there has been a community consultation process, including a public meeting that lead to what has been constructed so far, the decision to reengage the community about the playground improvements was the result of feedback I had heard after the play structure was completed late last year.  While I have heard positive comments from parents about how their children are enjoying the new structure, I also heard valid concerns centered around safety and that there was a lack of equipment geared towards younger children.

 

The City Parks Staff I invited to be in attendance at the meeting have presented creative and  feasible additions for both this upcoming spring season, and for 2019, based on the feedback we've provided.

 

Here's the summary of what was discussed at the meeting and what was resolved by consensus on how to move forward together.

 

For this Spring 2018

 

  • The City has available play equipment in storage that will provide more options for toddlers in the interim, until they will be replaced by Earthscape equipment in 2019.  Given the restriction on the play area space by mature trees, they were able to find several pieces that could be installed temporarily for this spring/summer season. This includes two spring toys and an elephant monkey bar set (see images below)
  • City staff will also construct new permanent toddler-friendly pieces including:
    • an elevated Alpine hut with steps and another small slide
    • An outdoor kitchen that will be placed in the sandbox

**Note, City Staff are able to apply a more earth tone paint colour to fit in with the other equipment

 

 

For 2019

  • We reengaged Earthscape and they have provided retrofits and additions that can be implemented in the existing space for next year. The elephant monkey bars and spring toys would be removed (alpine hut and kitchen remain), and would be replaced by:
    • A Climbing Net to provide easier access to tower platform and slide.
    • Additional hand-holds/ grab bars at tower platform entryway.
    • Post and Rope underneath existing horizontal logs
    • Climbing Hoops to be placed underneath existing horizontal logs.
    • Playground Sign explain the benefits of 'Risk Play'.
    • I have attached PDF renderings that were shown at the meeting of Earthscape's proposal

 

 

** There were also a number of creative ideas about additional retrofits to the structure that we will be consulting Earthscape about. When Earthscape provides us updated renderings and designs for additional retrofits and improvements, I plan to host a third meeting to further consult with the community. I will be certain to update you when details of the time, date and location have been secured.

 

Given the diversity of views amongst community members about what the playground design should look like, I've worked hard to ensure that these retrofits and additions serve to address as much feedback as possible that we've received about the play equipment. Ultimately, we all want our children to have an amazing place to play, and that all users feel included. Let's continue working together as a community.

 

Melissa, Molly and I hope to see you and your family at Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground soon!

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

Our letter requesting a Master Plan for the restoration of Yellow Creek and the Vale of Avoca

August 25, 2016


Parks and Environment Committee

 

Re: Yellow Creek / Vale of Avoca Master Plan

 

Dear Chair and Committee Members,


The Yellow Creek and Vale of Avoca areas are beloved parts of Ward 27 and 22.  In an urban environment, such green spaces represent a precious resource; offering recreation for residents, a natural habitat for wildlife and an abundance of plant diversity.  The area also houses vital infrastructure including sewer lines, stairs, bridges and other public facilities.

 

In past years this vale and watercourse has been a source of pride for the local community, hosting picnics and hikes, and boasting a beautiful rose garden.  Unfortunately, the park is now challenged in many ways.  Flooding and overflow has contributed to bank degradation, erosion, washed out bridges and impassable trails.  The public's access has been restricted due to broken stairs, closed access points and many areas made dangerous due to tree fall.  Yellow Creek itself has been polluted by spills, causing further degradation to the Vale; an area designated as Environmentally Significant by Parks, Forestry and Recreation

 

With the recognition that a geomorphic study of Yellow Creek, is to be conducted by Toronto Water for 2017, the local community has stepped forward to ask that City divisions come together to address the multiple pressing needs of this Environmentally Significant Area.  While the pending Ravine Strategy is a positive step towards increasing collaboration on such projects - and we are willing to work with the City to advance its goals - the need in the Vale of Avoca is pressing and immediate.

 

In order to protect and restore the Vale of Avoca, we believe it is necessary to create a Master Plan that integrates the budgets, construction schedules, and communication plans of the various invested divisions and their overlapping responsibilities. Such a plan will serve to create a model that will be useful in application to similarly distressed natural areas, and will be supportive of the Ravine Strategy's larger goals. We therefore recommend the following:

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Request the Deputy City Manager of Cluster A to report to the February 2017 meeting of the Parks and Environment Committee on the feasibility and process to develop a Master Plan for the Yellow Creek and Vale of Avoca area that:


a.  includes an inventory and state of good repair of existing facilities;

b.  considers past and current plans, assessments and studies

c.  coordinates the planning for future work of Toronto Water, Transportation, Parks, Forestry, Natural Environments, and the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority and other divisions and agencies;

d.  ensures that the Master Plan identifies relationships and responsibilities for the implementations and maintenance of planned improvements; and

e.  establishes a working group comprised of relevant community stakeholders to identify areas of priority community concern.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Josh Matlow                             Kristyn Wong-Tam

Toronto City Councillor              Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22 – St. Paul's                 Ward 27 – Toronto Centre-Rosedale

   

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Lawton Parkette Public Meeting Update

On Thursday, May 28 at 7 pm, I hosted a public meeting regarding improvements to the Lawton Parkette at Yonge and Heath Streets. The community came to a clear consensus on the direction for the final design.


If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like more information, please review the documents below.


Circulation Map

Existing Features

Concept One

Concept Two


As a final preferred concept design, the community chose a hybrid of the two concepts presented. The key features will be as follows:


  • General layout as shown in Preliminary Concept Two with revisions including:
  • Replacing the isolated seating area at the north end of the site with the new stairs c/w railing and path connection from Preliminary Concept One;
  • Relocating the existing armourstone blocks to continue to provide seating at the south end of the site;
  • Consider including a second picnic table; and
  • Ensure to maintain the existing trash and recycling receptacles on-site.


To view the final preferred concept design, please click here.


As always, please feel welcome to share your feedback with me by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling my office at (416) 392-7906.

   

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Oriole Park Community Garden Update

For the past year and a half, I have been working with the Oriole Park Community Garden Committee, along with the Friends of Oriole Park and City staff, to create Ward 22's first community garden in Oriole Park.

 

Last week, we had a successful meeting where City staff presented and displayed what the proposed garden may look like and where it will be located within the park. We received positive feedback from residents, and there was dialogue with all parties to make sure the Community Garden is a success.

 

The next step will be an application and proposal by the Oriole Park Community Garden Committee to the City of Toronto. We continue to welcome your participation and feedback in shaping the Community Garden!

   

Bayview Buckets Adopt-A-Tree Program

Dear Residents,

 

Local residents and small businesses, along with LEAF, are working together to beautify Bayview Avenue with an inspiring tree adoption program called Bayview Buckets.

 

Urban life is hard on trees, and many of our street trees are replaced too often because they don't get enough water. LEAF is encouraging small businesses to "adopt" a local street tree by ensuring it gets regularly watered throughout the hot summer.

 

Healthier trees live longer which improves the look and feel of our communities while saving money on tree replacements.

 

Please let the following Bayview Avenue businesses know that you appreciate their contribution to the health of our street trees:

 

  • Alex Farm Products
  • Bagel House
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Bestway Cleaners
  • The Big Stretch Yoga Centre
  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Bonnie Byford Real Estate
  • California Roll
  • Cumbrae's
  • Epi Breads
  • Horticultural Design
  • Karmasutra Indian Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • L'Avenue Bistro
  • Lemongrass
  • LCBO
  • McSorleys's Wonderful Saloon & Grill
  • Originals
  • Rahier Patisserie
  • Dr. Stephen Simpson Dentistry
  • Teaopia
  • Tokyo Sushi
  • Tribute Communities
  • Valu-Mart
  • Verdi Restaurant
  • Vizio Eyewear & Sunglasses

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 - St. Paul's
www.joshmatlow.ca

   

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Greening Your Condo or Apartment

 

On March 26, 2013, I co-hosted an event with the Green Team of First Unitarian Congregation on how to make your apartment or condo greener and more energy efficient, including strategies and resources that are available to you.

 

Please click on the image above to download a slide deck from the event, presented by Aderonke Akande from the City of Toronto's Tower Renewal Office.

   

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