Vermont Square Park Improvements 2018
The Central field in Vermont Square Park was renovated in 2015. The process to complete the work was involved and long. Unfortunately, what we’ve discovered since, is that the subsurface earth is so compacted that nothing is able to grow very successfully whether it be knotweed or, preferably, grass. This leaves the field a muddy mess or bare during the shoulder months. In summer the field is reduced to a dust bowl.
Options, including alternatives to grass, have been explored with the City; for example, mulch, pea gravel or an asphalt aggregate. None of these options would allow for the variety of activities currently enjoyed on the central field.
At the March 15th SVRA meeting, City Parks Senior Project Coordinator, Bob Duguid described options to remedy problems affecting the turf, with grading issues and water ponding on the central field. Please see the SVRA Meeting Minutes March 15 2018_ VSP_DOA FINAL for a full description.
Funds are being made available from the Ward 20 budget. In the October 2018 municipal elections we will become a part of Ward 19. There is no guarantee funds will be made available from the Ward 19 office budget. Community members at the March 15, 2018 SVRA meeting unanimously opted for a complete field makeover.
This will result in the closure of the main field for 3 – 4 months starting this Spring.
We’d like to hear from others in the community so we can answer any questions you might have and respond to comments.
Questions and comments can be sent to the SVRA from Wednesday March 28, 2018 – Sunday April 8, 2018 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A SVRA meeting to discuss the upcoming field work will take place on April 10, 2018
Time 7:00 – 8:30
Location: Vermont Square Long Term Care facility (914 Bathurst St.)
Bill Bolton Arena
The SVRA has just learned details of the major facility/rink construction work scheduled at Bill Bolton Arena during the Spring and Summer months.
This work will result in parts of the playground and the north east corner of the field being sectioned off to provide contractor staging, storage and parking areas.
The wading pool and playground south of the wading pool will remain open throughout the summer.
Please view the official construction notice: FLYER-BOLTON-CAPITAL-WORKS from the City of Toronto for more information on this project and to see impacts to the playground and park.
- Updates will be provided by the SVRA, BBA and the City of Toronto as these projects move forward.
We do appreciate the frustration caused by the inconvenience of playground and field closures during these parallel construction projects in Vermont Square Park.
Many thanks to Councillor Cressy for allocating funds to make these much needed improvements to our community amenities and to City of Toronto Parks staff for their ongoing work.
Monsignor Fraser College – Annex: A New Urban Green Space!
On 9 January, 2018, TDCSB Trustee Jo-Ann Davis and Councillor Joe Cressy held a joint TCDSB / City of Toronto Open House at Monsignor Fraser College – Annex Campus, to inform the local community of an exciting new partnership that will see the current fence-enclosed asphalt playground on Markham St turned into an urban green space with areas for both student programming and the wider Seaton Village community.
Work is expected to start at the end of June, 2018, and to take approximately 3 months to complete. The City of Toronto has committed approximately $300,000 to the project, and well as to the ongoing maintenance of the site, which will see the southern portion of the Monsignor Fraser College site transformed into a shared use urban green space. Read more