As a result of the work planned on Kingston Road this summer, a new parkette at the corner of Kingston Road and Dundas will be constructed. The corner will be redesigned to be safer for pedestrians, driver and cyclists and new seating and green space will be installed. A public meeting was held last fall with local residents, the Councillor and planning staff.
Please let us know what you think!
Below are the conceptual drawings for the newly designed corner.
Councillor McMahon is a huge supporter of Toronto’s ravines.
On June 16th Ride the Ravine is your best chance to explore Toronto’s hidden valley system and to raise money for a great organization. This year it will pass right through Ward 32, including Ashbridges Park, Kew Park, and then head right up Main Street.
To find our more information check out RIDE THE RAVINES.
Evergreen’s Ride the Ravine long route will pass through Ward 32!
Councillor McMahon was proud to support the Parks Plan 2013-2017 which lays out the vision for Toronto’s Parks. Take a look and send us your thoughts on the Plan.
Image of the Silverbirch Boathouse from the City of Toronto Archives (1934)
Silverbirch Boathouse—-Moving Forward
Last Thursday we had a very exciting meeting about the Silverbirch Boathouse. The meeting was prompted by news from Parks Forestry & Recreation of a plan to increase public use of the site by issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a private operator to manage the facility. I asked that this process be slowed down and that the community be consulted.
What I Heard at the Meeting:
- There is no desire for a private entity inside the Silverbirch boathouse;
- As it stands today, the facility is not operating in a satisfactory way;
- An array of good ideas for how the facility could be run;
- Residents did not feel engaged in the process;
- Current permit holders deserve proper communication and process with respect to the future of the facility.
I was heartened by the high degree of passion and the numerous constructive plans that were offered. After hearing the views of permit holders and residents, I have asked that Parks Forestry & Recreation not issue a RFP and instead investigate options for enhancement and activation that respect the buildings users and heritage. And, Parks, Forestry & Recreation has agreed to do so. No changes will be made to the operation of the facility until Parks, Forestry & Recreation staff develop a strategy to better involve the community to devise a future course of action.
Plans for a RFP and the imminent cancellation of permits have been cancelled.
This decision will ensure that this quiet section of our community remains un-commercialized and peaceful now, and in the future.
I am cognizant that this important and historic building could be better managed by the City. The community wants the Silverbirch boathouse to be run more effectively and transparently, and I believe the answer to this problem is increased community involvement and guidance.
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff will contact permit holders, keen residents and local community groups soon with a strategy for public input and consultation.