Councillor Josh Matlow

City Centre Mirror: Land on former Glebe Lawn Bowling Club and Manor Road United Church to become green spaces

July 19, 2016

Justin Skinner

City Centre Mirror

Manor Road United Church is in discussions with the City of Toronto to convert about half of its current property at the corner of Forman Avenue and Manor Road into park space.

Manor Road is quickly becoming a green oasis in the rapidly-intensifying North Toronto community.


City council recently approved a motion put forth by Ward 22 Councillor Josh Matlow (St. Paul’s) to purchase a parcel of land formerly occupied by the Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club, which had been sold to a developer.


The land, at 196 Manor Rd. E., was once slated to become the site of new townhouses, but through negotiations with the developer, the city was able to save roughly 80 per cent of the property – 1,138 square metres – with the aim of converting it into a public park. The developer will build one home on the remaining fifth of the site.


The decision comes just more than a year after the city agreed to purchase land owned by Manor Road United Church at 240 Manor Rd. E. to turn that into public green space.


“We’re seeing more and more green space being eaten up by infill development, so it’s kind of remarkable that we’ve been able to secure land for two new parks for the neighbourhood,” Matlow said.


While the Manor Road United Church sale went smoothly, the Glebe Manor sale looked at times as though it might not happen. Instead of giving the city time to negotiate, the owner of the lawn bowling club sold to a developer quickly, and it was only by engaging the developer that Matlow and the city were able to save some green space.


“Many times, it looked like we were going to lose it all,” Matlow said. “Once development happens, that green space is gone for good.”


Matlow plans to host a community meeting later this year to give residents a chance to weigh in on what features they would like to see at both the Glebe Manor space and the Manor Road United Church space.


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