Improvements to Pump Park
I know the Rathnelly community has had to suffer through what seems like endless construction for Toronto Water infrastructure. That’s why I’m happy to report that I was able to secure $150,000 from Toronto Water towards improvements to Pump Park (the High Level Pumping Station Park). The current proposal includes a merry go round, a ping pong table, a new climber, a public art piece, and more! For those who are interested in reviewing the renderings, please feel welcome to visit https://joshmatlow.ca/pumppark. Construction is anticipated to begin in Fall 2022.
JR Wilcox Schoolyard Improvements
Earlier this year, I heard from parents at JR Wilcox Community School that their schoolyard and playgrounds were in need of some overdue improvements. I am happy to announce that I was able to secure $350,000 from Section 37 funds to put towards this revitalization project. Conversations on what the final product will look like are already underway and the funding will include an agreement that sees the schoolyard be available to the broader community outside of school hours!
Hillsdale Park Expansion and Revitalization
I am happy to announce that a much needed new park is coming soon to the Yonge and Eglinton area. The park will span from Soudan Ave to Hillsdale Ave – east of the recently constructed building (Art Shoppe). The design options include pollinator gardens, public art and gathering spaces. Construction is underway and the park should be open this year.
Lionel Conacher and Cottingham PS Park Revitalization Update
I am happy to announce that the Section 37 funding I secured for the Cottingham Square area has begun to be put towards Lionel Conacher and Cottingham PS Park. A new blacktop and basketball nets as well as a ping pong table will be installed this summer. In addition, I was able to secure separate funding from Transportation Services to revitalize the dead-end at Gange Avenue. Community consultations will be upcoming to discuss how to distribute the remaining over $100,000 in funds!
Robertson Davies Park Revitalization Update
I want to thank everyone who attended and provided their feedback during the community consultation this past spring for Robertson Davies Park. I am pleased to inform you that the park will be revitalized later this year with additional planters, a new lighting system, an accessible path and benches. Construction should begin this Fall!
I am very excited about the improvements that will be coming to the new park that will be built as part of the City’s larger Green Line project. The Green Line is a system of linear parks, building on existing parks along the Hydro Corridor from Davenport Rd and Macpherson Avenue to Earlscourt Park. The first new park to be built is located on the south side of MacPherson Avenue, east of Davenport Road on the lands that currently contain Hydro infrastructure. The new park will include adult exercise equipment, an amphitheatre and gathering spaces. Construction is anticipated to begin this year and will be complete by 2023.
Cy Townsend Park
Although I was very pleased that the Cy Townsend playground was replaced in 2020, I heard from many of you that the refurbishment left out some key items. That’s why I’m happy to announce that I successfully moved a motion to secure funding for a security fence adjacent to the roadways that abut the park and a shade structure. These items have been installed and are ready to enjoy!
Ping Pong Tables Across Toronto-St. Paul’s
There’s been lots of interest in outdoor ping pong in our community. We recently installed one in Oriole Park & another in Graham Park. And based on residents’ requests, we’ve added an additional one at Davisville Park near Sharon Lois & Bram playground. New tables will be installed at Lionel Conacher and Pump Park this year!
New Parkette Coming to Broadway and Mt. Pleasant
The northeast quadrant of Yonge and Eglinton, generally considered to stretch from Yonge to Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton north to Erskine is one of the most parkland deficient areas of the city. That’s why Councillor Jaye Robinson, who represents the northern section of the neighbourhood, and I have aggressively pursued new and much needed green space wherever possible. That’s why I was pleased to be able to contribute section 37 funds towards this new park. While the City’s online visioning survey has been completed there will be further opportunities to have your say once preliminary design work is finished sometime this year.