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Improving Private Sidewalk Snow Clearing

Councillor McMahon introduced a motion to investigate ways to enhance private snow clearing in Toronto.

Every winter we rely on our neighbours to clear snow and ice from sidewalks to ensure the streets are safe for pedestrians. Unfortunately, some homeowners are negligent in clearing their sidewalks leaving the streets unsafe for everyone. Councillor McMahon has asked the Transportation Division to investigate alternate methods of enforcement and education to ensure more of our sidewalks are cleared and safe next winter.

snow shovelling

Updated Designs for Kew Park Entrance

The City of Toronto, Councillor McMahon and the BIA have been working to refine the designs approved by the working group last summer for the entranceway to Kew Gardens Park.

Below are the most recent plans that include a surface of interlock pavers laid in a gradient patter.
09042015Updated Kew plan with pavers

Wildwood Park Improvments

Following three community meetings and a survey organized by the ‘Friends of Wildwood Park’, a preferred concept for the redesign of the park has been developed. Scott Torrance Landscape Architects have developed this preferred concept plan. The park will have new play structures for a wider range of children, a new shade structure and mulched play surface.Wildwood larger file

Design Exchange will Host Free WinterStation Workshops

To celebrate and animate our neighbourhood during the WinterStations art event, the Design Exchange is hosting workshops at 1934 Queen St. E. on feb 28th and Mar. 7th from 1-4pm.

These workshops are open to everyone and will involve making scale models and learning about the designs of the WinterStation installations.

 

DX WinterStations Workshop Poster

Queen Street Revival Ideas

Queen Street Revival Meeting PictureQueen Street Revival Ideas copy 2Queen Street Revival Ideas copy 2Queen Street Revival Ideas copy 2Below is the short-list of top ideas submitted by groups at the Queen Street Revival. Choose the idea that captures your imagination and help to make it a reality. As always, if you require any assistance from the city please contact my office anytime.

 

Parking, pedestrian and cycling

  • Pedestrian events
  • Pedestrian days on Queen
  • BIXI bikes in the Beach
  • Adjust no-stopping times for traffic
  • Change parking regulations
  • Mandated parking spots for new condos

 

Social/cultural changes

  • Change one habit (social, healthy living, environmental, etc.)
  • Encourage residents to walk the neighbourhood
  • Local business owners shop locally
  • Try new places once per week
  • Create a ‘Welcome Wagon’
  • Say ‘Hello’ and be friendly in the neighbourhood
  • ‘Bring-a-Friend-to-the-Beach-Day’

 

Store and sidewalk design

  • Signage maintenance
  • De-clutter sidewalks (hang plants, plant trees with grates)
  • Uniformity of signs
  • Encourage businesses to participate in BIA
  • Architectural design controls
  • Theme windows
  • Revisit patio and café rules
  • Create parklets

Tourism and events

  • Promoting the neighbourhood as tourist district
  • Make neighbourhood a destination, especially in winter (skate trails, festivals with fire pits, Christmas market)
  • More events (like pumpkin parade)
  • More winter events
  • Drawing people from Boardwalk to Queen (bikes, zip line, toy train)
  • Farmers market at Kew Gardens (or other location in Beach)
  • Outdoor art exhibit at RC Harris
  • Use bandstand regularly from May – August
  • Market for local artisans
  • Kiosks on the Beach by local businesses
  • Change rules and restrictions for food trucks
  • Free WiFi or hotspots in the area

 

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