Updates on Ward 25 Parks

In Ward 25, we are fortunate to have an abundance of green space. In fact, our 51 parks total over 300 hectares!

With so many green assets to be proud of, I was laser-focused this winter on working with Parks on ways to beautify and improve these spaces.

Lawrence Park Playground

Enhancements to the playground behind the Locke Library at Yonge & Lawrence will include brand new junior and senior play structures with climbing apparatuses, slides and swings.

Parks staff advised that they are awaiting the contractor’s schedule, but it looks like (weather permitting) construction will commence in June and wrap up in the Fall.

Alexander Muir Park

For all those joggers who traverse Alexander Muir Park, there are pathway enhancements in motion.

We are in the early stages of design and construction planning for the installation of stationary adult exercise equipment along the pathway that extends from Alexander Muir Park to Mt. Pleasant Road.

We hope to have an updated construction timeline in the near future – stay tuned!

Blythwood Ravine Stairs: Upcoming Rehabilitation

After a significant push from my office, I’m pleased to advise that the process of rehabilitating the staircase in the Blythwood Ravine (Strathgowan staircase) has begun.

Design and engineering work is scheduled to take place this summer with construction to follow next year.

This is a well-used and invaluable connection within Ward 25 and I ensured that each and every piece of your feedback was escalated to senior Parks staff.

Many thanks to all those who shared their thoughts with me – your engagement was very much appreciated!

Cheltenham Park

This spring, new gates will be installed on either end of the walkway that extends through the park from Cheltenham Avenue to Bayview Wood. After hearing from residents that cars were driving in the park and damaging the grass, I reached out to senior Parks staff and asked them to ensure that all necessary measures were taken to prevent this from happening again in future

In addition, Parks staff will be adding a fresh coat of paint to the park’s soccer goal posts – just in time for summer.

Lord Seaton Park

Plans for playground enhancements in this park are moving full steam ahead.

City staff expect construction to begin in early summer and to wrap up by the fall.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Ruthanne Henry, Senior Projects Coordinator with Parks, at either rhenry@toronto.ca or 416-395-0142.

Mossgrove Park

Construction on Mossgrove’s playground enhancements is expected to begin in early summer and wrap up by the fall.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Ruthanne Henry, Senior Projects Coordinator with Parks, at either rhenry@toronto.ca or 416-395-0142.

Wilket Creek

As you may know, city staff and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority have been working on upgrades to the sanitary sewer infrastructure in Wilket Creek and on channel improvements to the watercourse.

Work on Phase 2 included the protection of approximately 125m of existing sanitary sewers and about 400m of channel improvements.

There is still some work to be completed at the downstream end of the creek (near the washroom building) including removing the temporary construction bridge and bank restoration. These final pieces of work will be completed in conjunction with trail paving and restoration planting later this spring. 

Don Mills Trail (Northern Extension)

After a great push from my office, I’m very pleased to share that the northern extension of the Don Mills Trail is expected to re-open for public use this summer!

City staff advised that the “hard” elements such as the asphalt, armour stone and drainage rock will be installed around the Canada Day long weekend. Planting, seeding and sodding will take place over the summer months and will be completed by the fall.

We are hoping for an update on the southern extension in the near future.