Category Archives: Parks

Announcements and discussion of Seaton Village’s parks, Vermont Square and Christie Pits.

Green Line Implementation Plan April 23, 2018: Public consultation Meeting

The vision to make this provincially-owned infrastructure corridor also function as a publicly accessible green line has been a goal for many years.

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In Phase 2, an overall conceptual master plan will be developed for the proposed Green Line, complete with design guidelines, design details and site-specific schematic designs for various public spaces proposed within the corridor.

It will also include the preparation of a priority and phasing plan and an implementation schedule with preliminary cost estimates. This work will provide a method for the City to realize the proposed conceptual master plan over time.

The Green Line Implementation Plan Report will propose a high quality public open space system with a recognizable visual identity that meets the needs of the community, invites people to a unique setting, and becomes a part of the lasting legacy and image of our city.

Phase 2: Draft Conceptual Master Plan

  • Date: April 23, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road

City staff and the consultant team members will present the Draft Conceptual Master Plan, receive input from the public, and discuss next steps. Everyone is welcome to attend.

View the Green Line Public Meeting April 23_2018 notice 

 

 

 

***Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21, and Councillor Cesar Palacio, Ward 17, will be in attendance.

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SVRA Meeting April 10, 2018 FOCUS: Vermont Square Park field work + area park updates

SVRA meeting Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 8:30

Location: Vermont Square Longterm Care facility, lower level rec room (914 Bathurst St @ Barton Ave)

Agenda

  • Discussion of current state of field + revised field improvement option + tentative schedule;
  • DOA – Dog Owner Association VSP – new!
  • Monsignor Fraser + Green Line implementation Plan – Public Meeting April 23, 2018
  • April 28: Community Cleanup – Dennis Lee Playground + Ward 20 Compost drop
  • Update: May AGM (rescheduled date)
  • Other business

History: The central field in Vermont Square Park is enjoyed as both dog off-leash park + for a wide variety of other activities.

In 2015, the field renovation work was completed after a lengthy park renovation process that included the Dennis Lee Playground, installation of the bench, games tables and seating throughout the park + new pathways and hard-surface rec area off the Bill Bolton service road/beside the arena.

Several problematic issues have impacted the field since it was re-opened in 2015, including highly compacted earth, pooling or “ponding” along the swale, soil erosion etc.

Councillor Cressy’s office has allocated funds to assist with field improvements. Bob Duguid, Sr Project Coordinator with PFR Construction Management and Capital Projects is working with the community to ensure the best option is selected to insure meaningful improvements to the soil, drainage system and field ground cover.

We are in discussion with Bob Duguid and Dol Turf Specialists + our Park Supervisor, Brian Green, to modify and customize the action plan for the field.

We encourage you to come to the meeting, learn about the possible revised option(s) and participate in the discussions.

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Vermont Square Park + Bill Bolton Arena Spring and Summer 2018 Construction projects

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: seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

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

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VSP Central field uses and improvements meeting March 15, 2018

Please join the Seaton village Residents’ Association (SVRA) and guests from the City of Toronto Parks Department and DOLA – Dogs Off Leash Areas  – to begin discussions regarding Vermont Square Parks’ central field, its uses (including off-leash dog park and playing field) and current condition.

Vermont Square

Guests include:

  • Park Standards and Innovations Unit: Program Standards & Development Office (Dog Off-Leash) Nancy Aranha and Project Coordinator – Landscape Architect, Tara Coley
  • Operations: Brian Green, Park Supervisor for Wards 19 and 20
  • Construction Management and Capital Projects, Sr Project Coordinator, Bob Duguid
  • Colin Burns, Constituency Assistance for Ward 20 Councillor Joe Cressy

Date: Thursday, March 15 2018

Time: Part 1.) 6:30pm – 7:30pm (DOLA + field discussion) + Part 2.) 7:30 – 8:00 other agenda items

Place: Vermont Square Park – main stage in central field + St Albans Boys and Girls Club: 843 Palmerston Ave, Toronto, ON M6G 2R8

Meeting format: We will gather at 6:30pm at the stage in the park to view existing conditions and begin discussions. Just before 7:00pm, we will relocate the meeting to the AV room St Albans Boys and Girls Club (because it’ll be getting a bit dark and probably pretty chilly!!!)

BACKGROUND

In 2008, the neighbourhood endeavoured upon a lengthy park renewal consultation process. During that time, community members decided to leave the field as is and not create a fenced dog area to replace the grandfathered off-leash dog park that currently exists. It has been 10 years since the first VSP renewal community consultation, so the SVRA decided it time to review how things are working and explore use options.
  • Please see this site to learn more about the Vermont Square Park, including the Dennis Lee playground, renewal  process that was completed in 2015
AGENDA
  • DOLA : what is DOLA? Establish VSP DOLA committee
  • The Issues: use, safety, playground access, field conditions
  • Functionality: current function + means to enhance functionality
  • East boundary barrier feature
  • Other business

Please note:

The AV room is not very large and can only accommodate up to 35 people “comfortably.” We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Meeting notes will be available on this website + subsequent meeting(s) will be scheduled.

The AV room is on the second floor of St Albans. It is about mid-way down and the room entrance is to the right off the hallway (next to the washrooms.)

IF it is too cold outside, we will move into St Albans sooner. So, if we aren’t in the park, latecomers can join the meeting in the AV room.

 

We really look forward to the discussions to improve the park and continue to build relationships and community with all VSP users. We realize there exists contention with some of the uses. The SVRA hopes for a cordial and productive meeting. Thanks!

***Comments and or questions can be directed to seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

READ THE SVRA Meeting Minutes March 15 2018_ VSP_DOA!

 

 

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SVRA Meeting March 6 – postponed to Thursday, March 15, 2018

We are very sorry for the late notice!

The meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, March 15 beginning at 6:30…in Vermont Square Park!

Details to follow!

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience

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Monsignor Fraser Greening Project- Public Meeting/Open House Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Monsignor Fraser Greening Project- Public Meeting/Open House

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm

Location: Monsignor Fraser College, Annex Campus (Gymnasium) at 700 Markham St.

The meeting will be jointly facilitated by City staff, Councillor Cressy, and TCDSB Trustee Jo-Ann Davis.

Hey – Seaton Village (and beyond)!

On behalf of Joe Cressy Councillor (an advocate for increased and enhanced green spaces throughout Ward 20) you are all invited to a public open house to discuss improving the Monsignor Fraser parking lot to facilitate expanded student programming and additional community green space for Seaton Village.

View the Open House Invitation: Jan_9_2018_Public_Notice_Msgr_Fraser_final

From Councillor Cressy: Over the past number of months, I have been working closely with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), Trustee Jo-Ann Davis, Parks, Forestry & Recreation staff, and the Seaton Village Residents’ Association (SVRA) to revitalize this underutilized space into a brand new community green space. Last year the TCDSB hosted a meeting to discuss initial design concepts and preliminary budget estimates with the SVRA and local residents. There was a lot of excitement for the project and for more green space within the community. However, the proposed budget went far beyond what the TCDSB had available for implementation.

I am happy to report that I have secured City funding to implement the greening vision, and we have partnered with the TCDSB to make the project happen! As a condition of the use of city funds the TCDSB will be agreeing to a long-term lease of the space to the City, creating a new public space open to the community at large.

Hope to see you there!

From the SVRA: Thanks to Councillor Cressy and the Ward 20 staff + Monsignor Fraser School and Trustee Davis for their commitment and all their efforts to realize this project.

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Seaton Village Pumpkin Patch

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Pumpkins will line the path in the park east from Palmerston Ave 

 

  • We need community member volunteers and WHEELBARROWS to carry pumpkins to the bin after the event ~ 8:30pm 

  • Students can volunteer for Highschool Community Hours!!! email seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com to sign up

  • BRING MUGS  i_love_hot_chocolate_mug-p168575565094505745enw9p_400 FOR HOT DRINKS!

 

Many thanks to Seaton Villager Torie Gervais and Gervais Party and Tent Rental for the beverage urns!

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Many thanks to the amazingly creative and super mixologist Seaton Villagers Alexis Eizinas and Peter Diaz for the poster AND for making our delicious hot beverages!!!

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