Category Archives: Park Renewal

Seaton Village Residents’ Association Meeting May 4

Please join the SVRA and community members for an upcoming meeting

Wednesday May 4, 2016

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: Christ the Saviour Church, 823 Manning Ave, Toronto, ON M6G 2W7 (we apologize, but this is not a fully accessible facility)



  • Dupont St mediated outcomes
  • Dupont and Palmerston request for cross walk– gg to Council May 10th
  • Seaton Village Urban Design and Visioning
  • Vermont Square Park – field conditions, public consultations and steps for remediation
  • Fringe Festival Request to consider Monsignor Fraser College for 2017 season – strategies for neighbourhood consultation – May 11 Meeting scheduled (details TBA)
  • Other business: Bike Lanes on Bloor update + Westbank development updates + Rail Safety Town Hall brief

The SVRA welcomes you to bring your neighbourhood concerns and great ideas to the meeting!

Volunteers always needed and wanted – please attend to learn ways to participate


Note: Vermont Square Park + Playground community clean up: Saturday May 7 from 10am – 12:30pm

Come to the park and learn more about the STOP’s YIMBY program and Karma Co-op, located in Seaton Village!


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Rail Safety Town Halls + local road closures, including park renewal impacts on Palmerston Ave

Rail Safety and the CN/CP lines running north of Dupont St


As you may be aware, there has been a steady wave of increased interest in, awareness of, and activitiy involving the CN/CP Rail line that runs along the northern border of our community (and others!)


Several groups have been advocating for greater rail safety, including:

Recently, area MP’s (Adam Vaughan, Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett) have been hosting a number of meetings to raise attention and awareness of this very important issue. Ward 19 and 20 Councillors Joe Cressy and Mike Layton are a part of a group of city Councillors who represent wards that are traversed by the CP Rail Line. They have signed and sent a rail safety letter to Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt. It is also signed by the Mayor.

Councillor Cressy assures us that rail safety is an important issue and a matter of great concern for him and his staff. The Ward 20 office will continue to advocate with the Federal government, especially regarding the transportation of dangerous goods along the rail line. Joe and other Councillors sent this letter to request that the Federal Government listen to our community’s concerns and work with us to ensure that the relevant information is given to us, and that residents are protected. That letter is attached below.



Over the next few weeks, there are several Town Hall Meetings devoted to this important issue.


Wednesday May 27th: Rail Safety First

Time: 7:00pm

Location: U of T Auditorium – UTS/Sociology/OISE Building – St. George Campus 371 Bloor St West Toronto, ON M5S 2R7


Friday June 12, 2015: Safe Rail Communities: Public Town Hall with Special Guest and Moderator Naomi Klein

Time: 7:00- 9:30pm

Location: Toronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA Centre

20 Grosvenor Street




Road Resurfacing on Manning Avenue from Bloor Street West to Dupont Street

Contract: 14TE-110TR

Start Date:May 12 2015

End Date: June 16, 2015

*Timeline is subject to change due to unforeseen events.

The City of Toronto will resurface Manning Avenue from Bloor Street West to Dupont Street starting the week of May 12. Sections of damaged curb and sidewalks will also be replaced. This work will improve both the road and sidewalk conditions along your street.

This work is part of the City’s comprehensive and coordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade our roads for current and future needs. The project is part of the Council-approved 2014 Capital Works Program.


If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact the City and quote Contract #.14TE-110TR

City Inspector : Enzo Falcetta 416 579 334

TTY Hearing Impaired Service: 416-338-0889 (Daily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, closed holidays)

General Info: 311



Park Renewal May 2015

Underway are the improvements to the service road and hard-surface play area in between Bill Bolton Arena and the playground. Soon coming is an amazing ping pong table and continued landscaping in this area, including improvements to the fencing, to be done as soon as the newly poured concrete has cured and hardened. Looks like heavy vehicles will be able to access the area early next week to get started on installing these features.

We will have an update, including a revised schedule, for this construction especially as it has (unexpectedly) been impacting access along Palmerston Ave and the east sidewalk of Palmerston along the park.

Thank you for your ongoing patience while this is underway!


Questions? Concerns? Please send us a message:


All the best,


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SVRA Meeting – Tuesday April 21 2015

Where: St Alban’s Boys and Girls Club, upstairs in the AV room (mid way down hall on the right next to the washroom)

Time 7:00 – 8:30pm


  • Planning: Westbank + 4 Corners @ Community Council Tuesday April 14th, report on 316 Bloor St, local planning, Urban Design Committee – NEW!
  • Traffic safety – traffic calming + mural project
  • Park Renewal – it’s back!
  • AGM

Other business: Rail safety Meeting, Ward 20 RA and BIA round table, Community Clean up: Saturday April 19th Vermont Square Park +++

Please let us know anything you’d like to add to the Agenda or get in touch with questions or concerns


Westbank’s redevelopment of Bathurst and Bloor (Honest Ed’s)

Do you have comments to make on the proposed Westbank development of the Mirvish Village? We want to hear from you!

The Mirvish Village Task Force, that includes the SVRA, is working on getting a clearer understanding of the complex plans that Westbank has presented.

Please let us know – send your comments and issues to –

You may have received this notice in your mailbox: April 14th 2015: Four Corners Bathurst and Bloor – Official Plan Amendment meeting at City Hall (Committee Rm 1. 2nd Floor, City Hall 100 Queen St W)

>>>>> The zoning decisions reached at this meeting will impact the Westbank development



The STOP – Building Community through local urban agriculture :YIMBY

The Stop Community FoodCenter’s Yes In My Back Yard program. This backyard sharing program connects people who have underused garden space, with neighbours who would love to garden but have to place to do it. We support them with workshops, community events, bulk buying opportunities and more, and It’s all FREE. It also offers a fantastic opportunity for neighbours who might not otherwise interact to become friends.

Interested? Come to the SVRA meeting to learn more 😉


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Vermont Park Renewal Phase 3 – April/May 2015

Phase 3 of the Park renewal project has begun.

Based on the Park Master Plan approved by the SVRA in 2011-2012, this phase will involve a series of improvements throughout the Park.

This year’s program has specifically been developed to minimize impact on our use of the Park – no big fences; no big delays.

The most significant task is the development of the hard-surface play area in the “elbow” between St. Alban’s and Bill Bolton Arena. The work includes new paving, new trees, wood deck, table tennis and adjustments to the existing metal fence. New controls on Bill Bolton parking will also be installed.

Other improvements include bench adjustments at the Bocce court, at the Olive/Rossmore intersection and elsewhere in the Park. Some benches will be relocated; a few new ones added. There will also be a large, new climbing rock near the Bocce court.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the SVRA

To view the history of the park renewal process and the plans for the park, please go to the park renewal page!

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SVRA Meeting Tuesday February 10th, 2015

A friendly reminder of the upcoming SVRA meeting

When:Tuesday February 10th

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: St Albans Boys’ and Girls Club, upstairs in AV room

Agenda (so far)

  • Local Planning
  • Community Updates (Traffic, safety etc) + CN/CP Rail Safety
  • Park Renewal Update
  • Honest Ed’s Update
  • Other business

Please let us know about anything you’d like to include on the Agenda! email us:

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SVRA Meeting Tuesday January 13th, 2015

Time: 7:00 – 8:30

Location: St Albans Boys and Girls’ Club – AV room – upstairs mid way down hall next to washrooms



7:00 – 7:30 Councillor Cressy – Updates from City Hall

7:30 – 8:00 Ward Boundary Review – to view the website Drawing the Lines and background information + survey

8:00 – 8:30 Other business


Central Tech Field Update – from Councillors Cressy, Layton and Trustee Malik

An Update on Central Tech January 2015  of Central Tech Field from Ward 19 and 20 Councillors Layton and Cressy + Ward 10 School Trustee Ausma Malik

Currently mediation at the OMB is ongoing


4 Corners Study Bathurst and Bloor

4 Corners – Bathurst and Bloor – Study Area


Follow the Bathurst-Bloor Study & take the survey on emerging study principles at

The City held a community consultation meeting on the Bathurst-Bloor study in December 2014. The meeting provided an opportunity to give City Planning your feedback on the emerging vision and draft principles for the future of the Bathurst-Bloor area.

If you were not able to attend the meeting in December, please visit the website and fill in the quick survey on the emerging principles for the study. You can also download the presentation and panels that were presented at the meeting.

The survey deadline is Jan 25 – two weeks from now. If you attended the Dec 9 meeting and provided feedback at that meeting, there is no need to complete the survey. It is simply an electronic version of the emerging principles that were presented at that meeting.

Please visit the Bathurst Study website:

Contact: Liora Freedman

F: 416 392 1330 Email:

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SVRA Meeting Tuesday January 13th, 2015

The next SVRA meeting is Tuesday January 13th, 2015

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Location:St Albans Boys and Girls’ Club, upstairs in the AV Room (2nd floor, halfway down the hall/next to the bathroom)

We’d love to know what YOU want to discuss! Please send us agenda items:

Here’s to a great 2015!

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