Monthly Archives: April 2012

April 18th 2012

The ship has docked in the playground!

The playstructure (5 – 12 yrs) has docked in the playground!

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Seaton Village Residents’ Association


Saturday April 21st 2012

10:00am to 12:30pm

 Please join your neighbours and the SVRA in sprucing up Vermont Square Park and our laneways!

  • Learn about the Lane Naming Project

  • Got a fruit tree? Chat with Not Far From the Tree

  • Palmerston Ave Guerrilla Street Art: bring your sidewalk chalk

  • Nominate an area laneway for cleanup on Facebook: Seaton Village (Toronto)

Bags, rakes and gloves supplied by City of Toronto

Please bring tongs and sand shovels and pails to the park for the yuckier stuff!

Need to fulfill highschool Community Service hours? Have Questions?

Send us a message email:

                  Facebook: Seaton Village (Toronto)  – click on it!

Visit our website (link to Facebook available from this blog)

Our Thanks to:


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Cooper’s Hawks in Vermont Square Park

Many of us have marvelled over the arrival of a pair of Cooper’s Hawks in Vermont Square Park this year. The hawks have converted a squirrel’s nest for themselves in the midst of a deciduous tree in the playground. Insert joke here about Seaton Village real estate and all the renovations currently underway in the hood…!

There was concern the hawks would be disturbed by the machinery and construction in the playground, but so far so good. The hawks continue to live in their nest in the tree in the playground, and can be seen perched on a  nearby branch, or taking off from or descending into their nest throughout the day.

Seaton Village resident, naturalist, author and photographer David Beadle and his son and fellow photographer, James, have been studying the pair since their arrival in the park.

James and David kindly responded to a request for words and pictures of the pair – so, many thanks to James and David for the information and beautiful photos below!

Cooper’s Hawks in Vermont Park – David and James Beadle

Female Cooper's Hawk eating prey

On 7th March my son James came rushing in after school saying there was a Cooper’s Hawk perched in a tree in Vermont Square Park. We rushed out, cameras in hand, and found the highly vocal bird rather easily. It was an immature (year-old) female, still brown on the mantle and wings and streaky below. After watching her for some time another Cooper’s Hawk briefly appeared, this time a lovely grey and orange adult – presumably a male. After a while both birds departed, but we thought they may attempt to nest here as we had seen one building a nest (which it soon abandoned) in the same area last year.

A few days later I returned to obtain photos of the adult. Both birds were easy to find as they were constantly calling. I watched them copulating on one occasion, confirming that the adult bird was indeed the male! The male was indeed building a nest and he struck quite a comical figure as he crashed around in the trees snapping off twigs to add to it. The nest itself was built on top of an old squirrel nest about ten meters up in a large tree in the center of the playground.

As I write the birds are still around, or at least the male has been sighted a few times attempting to catch birds at local feeders. The female could be sitting on eggs now, but it’s difficult to see whether there is a bird on the nest. In the photos the adult male is on the left and the immature female on the right (females are larger than the males). Cooper’s Hawks are frequently to be found in highly urban areas, where they take advantage of a ready supply of small birds visiting bird feeders in gardens.

To continue reading and to view more of James’ and David’s pictures: Cooper’s Hawks in Vermont Park


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SVRA Meeting Wednesday April 11th, 2012

The SVRA will be meeting Wednesday April 11th, 2012

When: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Where:  St Alban’s Boys and Girls’ Club – upstairs in the library


  • 1000-1002 Bathurst St – proposed development
  • April 21st: Community Clean Up Day Event to include Vermont Square Park and the community gardens in Vermont Square Park, laneway clean up, the Lane Naming Project, “street art” and Not Far From The Tree (fruit tree harvesting!)
  • April 14th: Councillor Vaughan’s Environment Day @ Central Tech
  • Seaton Village Yard Sale
  • AGM: May 9th
  • Other business

Please send us a message at if there is anything you would like to discuss at this meeting or if you’d like to join the SVRA as a member or active volunteer!

The SVRA is looking to fill the following chair positions and committees: “Dog”, “Youth” and “Social”

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and hearing from you. We are on Facebook! to check it out and or join:!/groups/2374718721/


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1000 – 1002 Bathurst St: Proposed Development

Plans to demolish the existing 2 structures on Bathurst St, just north of Olive Ave, and erect a 6 story residential (rental) building have been forwarded to the Seaton Village Residents’ Association and area residents by Councillor Vaughan and staff.

To view the plans: Site Plan 31000 BATHURST ST _ A3_FRONT ELEV,  North Elevation 3 (2), South Elevation 3, Rear Elevation 3

To view 1000 and 1002 Bathurst St and the existing (abandoned) structures (Google Maps),or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1260&bih=561&wrapid=tljp1333737586220030&q=1000+bathurst+st&um=1&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=0x882b349aa8559371:0xf4a9fd3591b7d55c,1000+Bathurst+St,+Toronto,+ON+M5R+3G8&gl=ca&ei=nDh_T5PfEMbL0QGe5pGBCA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CCEQ8gEwAA

Councillor Vaughan’s office has coordinated an open public meeting to view the proposal, ask questions, and provide feedback to the applicant. 

Date:  Wednesday, April 18th

Time:  5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location:  Royal St George’s College, Chapel, 120 Howland Avenue

Please RSVP Rebecca Hewitt, Constituency Assistant to Adam Vaughan, by email at or by calling 416 392-4044.

Please note: This proposed development is an agenda item at the upcoming Seaton Village Resident’s Association meeting Wednesday April 11th

When: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Where: St Albans Boys’ and Girls’ Club (upstairs in the library)

The SVRA can be reached via email at


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VERMONT SQUARE PARK Renewal: Phase 1 Playground

Day 1 of the playground renewal: Exciting!


Thank you speedy twirly slide and awesome monkey bars

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Park Renewal Starts Monday April 2nd, 2012

PRE CONSTRUCTION NEWS: The construction fencing was installed Friday, surrounding the playground and along the construction route from the playground to Rossmore, south of Bill Bolton. People will be able to use the playground over the weekend and access the west door to Bill Bolton from the south part of the park.

City forestry will be pruning low hanging branches off of a few trees to facilitate construction access through the park from Rossmore to the playground. The branches obstruct large truck access. The pruning is necessary so trucks don’t rip the branches causing greater damage to the tree.

Approximately four trees are being pruned for construction access.

The big Manitoba Maple, by the sandbox, which is at the end of its magnificent and very useful life, will be removed early next week.


Start Date: April 2nd, 2012

Anticipated completion: week of June 28th, 2012

Construction will begin on Monday, April 2nd and continue until the week of June 28th, focusing on the rehabilitation of the playground play area and replacement of the equipment. MOPAL indicated that construction would start on April 2nd, barring any major climatic interruption, even such as continuing downpours or significant snowfall on or before the start date.

In the first week, an enclosure wall will be built around the playground, outside the existing fence line. On the north side of the work site, the enclosure wall will run along the line of trees expanding to include the wading pool and continuing to the fence line on Palmerston Avenue. The wading pool will not be accessible during the construction phase. (please note: City of Toronto wading pools open only  after school is dismissed for summer holidays, either the very end of June/first week of July.

During the first week of construction, protective walls (hoarding) will be built around each of the trees to be retained according to the plans. The existing playground equipment will be removed and disposed of. The ground will be cleared and graded in preparation for the rehabilitation of the play surfaces. The large tree at the south end of the play area, which is reaching the end of its life, will be removed and disposed of at the end of the first week see above note.)

Access to the work site will be off Rossmore Road, immediately to the south of the entrance of Bill Bolton Arena. The bicycle posts outside the entrance will be cut down and replaced by the City at the north side of the entrance to the arena. Access to the building site will be between Bill Bolton Arena and the berm immediately to the south. There will be an enclosed materials deposit and parking space adjoining the work site.

Bill Bolton Arena will only be accessible from the main entrance on Rossmore during this construction phase. The trees on the berm and along Bill Bolton will be protected by containment walls. It is possible that some low hanging branches may have to be pruned back to allow passage of large equipment.

MOPAL construction was made aware of the concerns about unnecessary parking and vehicle traffic on Rossmore, indicating clearly that they would transport workers to the site and any parking would be short term for supervisory visits. Only the parking space immediately in front of the entrance to the construction site might be problematic due to large trucks entering or exiting the construction site and turning onto Rossmore. They also agreed to ensure that the entrance to the construction would be cleared on a nightly basis so as to avoid a messy appearance.

There will be site meetings, likely every two weeks, at significant stages of the construction, involving PLANT, MOPAL, Bob Duguid, and representatives of the VSPRC, for construction updates and problem solving. Jonathan Macri from MOPAL will be the Project Manager.

Andrew Ignatieff,

Chair, VSPRC

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