Urban Beekeeping at Ex Place – July 4 & 6

Urban Beekeeping is back at Exhibition Place, an interactive beekeeping experience with the hives on the roof of Enercare Centre.

Exhibition Place is pleased to be working with Toronto Bee Rescue to bring this educational and fun workshop to the residents of Parkdale and Toronto.

Join this two hours of hands-on fun, which includes a honey harvest experience inside Enercare Centre with uncapping and spinning frames, filtering honey, and bottling your very own jars!

Register for either July 4th or July 6th eventshttps://www.explace.on.ca/community-event

Ex Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting – May 29

Exhibition Place has scheduled its first in-person Community Liaison Consultation Meeting for 2024 on Wednesday, May 29th where they will provide updates on Exhibition Place and upcoming events. The meeting program is posted on the Exhibition Place Community Information page (https://www.explace.on.ca/community-information/). The Zoom meeting details and link are provided below. 

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: This will be an in-person held in Enercare Centre, StudioEx

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you can join the meeting via the Zoom meeting link or call to one of the dial-in numbers below.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83161980567?pwd=B7PFI3wVM3tlcnBhpaKe3ahM2bHwYW.1
Meeting ID: 831 6198 0567
Passcode: 0

Dial by your location
647 374 4685 Canada
647 558 0588 Canada

1337-1355 King St. W. Hybrid Community Consultation Meeting – June 4

Join this in-person and online Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about the proposed development application for a new 10-storey infill residential building at 1337-1355 King St. W. The existing apartment building (Phoenix Place) at 1355 King St. W. will be fully retained on the site.

A total of 92 affordable rental housing units are proposed, including 10 rental replacement units in 5,500 square metres of residential floor space. A total of 8 parking spaces with access from Dunn Ave.

This is the community’s opportunity to share your thoughts and give feedback to the Councillor, city staff and the developer (Parkdale United Church Foundation). To attend this meeting either in-person or virtually please register below.

Date: Tuesday, June 4th, 2024
Time: In-person 6:00 – 8:00 PM or Online 7:00 – 8:00 PM

In-person Location: 1355 King St. W. (Phoenix Place Basement)

Registration – find the address and select Register:
https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/city-planning-consultations/

Horticultural Society Plant Fair – May 25

The Horticultural Society of Parkdale and Toronto is holding their much anticipated Plant Fair on Saturday, May 25th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Roncesvalles United Church at 240 Roncesvalles Ave. This is your chance to find some interesting plants from select nurseries for resale, as well having divisions contributed from Society members’ gardens.

Additionally, there will be vegetable seedlings, herbs and houseplants, and their the very popular Garden-related jumble sale. This is also your opportunity to get gardening advice from very talented gardeners.

1304-1318 King St. W. & 143-145 Cowan Ave. – Virtual Community Consultation Meeting – Mar. 26

The proposed development at the northeast corner of King and Cowan for a 21-storey mixed-use development containing 263 condo dwelling units and 213 square metres of ground floor retail. The applicant KingSett Capital requests an Official Plan redesignation from Neighbourhoods to Mixed Use Areas and amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to accommodate this proposal.

Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2024
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

KingSett Capital development application to the City (1304-1318 King Street West and 143-145 Cowan Avenue) – Register on WebEx https://toronto.webex.com/weblink/register/r99782820016aa1fa98a505233386f23

Community Skate at Coca-Cola Coliseum

Exhibition Place invites the local community for leisure skating at the Coca-Cola Coliseum from March 8 to 10.

No skates no problem! The City of Toronto has organized a Skate Lending Library at the Coliseum on March 9 and 10, from 1 PM to 5 PM.

Leisure Skate (All Ages):
Friday, March 8th: 2 PM- 5 PM
Saturday, March 9th: 1 PM – 5 PM
Sunday, March 10th: 10 AM – 1 PM

Leisure Skate (Youth):
Sunday, March 10th: 2 PM- 5 PM

Shinny Tournament (50+):

Additionally, there will be a shinny tournament for those aged 50 and above. This provides an opportunity to play hockey on the same rink and experience the thrill of playing right in the home of the Toronto Marlies. To participate, register as an individual or team here.

Friday, March 8th: 10 AM – 2 PM

Vacant Home Tax – Feb. 29 Deadline

The City’s vacant home tax (VHT) charges owners who leave their properties vacant for more than six months in a calendar year. Property owners in Toronto classified within the residential property tax class must declare their occupancy status yearly. The deadline to declare is February 29, 2024. You can use this online form: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/property-taxes-utilities/vacant-home-tax/vacant-home-tax-notice-of-complaint/

Action Plan for Toronto’s Culture Sector

Your opinion matters. Get involved and help shape the future of arts, culture and creative industries in Toronto. Help shape the future of arts and culture in Toronto by taking an online survey or registering to participate in a virtual town hall on February 15th or 22nd.

The City of Toronto is developing a new Action Plan for Toronto’s Culture Sector, to guide cultural services, policy and programming over the next ten years. The previous culture plan, Creative Capital Gains, was adopted in 2011 and has guided cultural policy and programming since then. The new Action Plan will set out an ambitious vision to strengthen Toronto’s cultural sector, which prioritizes equity, and ensures that residents in all corners of the city have opportunities to engage with the arts. It will provide recommendations for the sector including arts and culture, museums and cultural heritage, and the film and entertainment industries.

Happy New Year Parkdalians!

Dear Parkdalians,

As we approach the end of 2023, the Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) would like to express our deepest gratitude for your support throughout the year. Your dedication to our community has made a significant impact, and as we stand on the cusp of a new year, we extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones for a safe and joyous 2024.

We encourage you to continue the spirit of generosity that defines our community. Whether through donating non-perishable goods, volunteering your time, or performing acts of kindness, your contributions make Parkdale a better place for everyone.

In the spirit of fostering community engagement, the Parkdale Residents Association is actively seeking new members from within Parkdale. If you are a resident, whether a renter or owner, your voice is crucial in addressing issues that impact our beloved neighbourhood. To learn more and express your interest, please email us at info@parkdale.to.

As we reflect on the past year, we are proud to share some of the highlights that have strengthened and helped build community:

  • PRA celebrated the ARTS in Parkdale by holding the ‘Parkdale Art Thing’ event in September with 56 vendors, 8 performers and 1,500 attendees
  • Parkdale Hub project (Queen W. & Cowan) continuing discussions & meetings
  • Worked at securing artists and cultural spaces in the area
  • West Queen West Area Study – OPA 445 (Bathurst to Roncy) approved by Province
  • Parkdale Main Street Heritage Conservation District (HCD) finalized and appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT)
  • New condo/rental developments are moving into Parkdale at an increasing pace and we continue to monitor and engage with both the City and the developers
  • King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles (KQQR) intersection finally finished
  • Wabash Community Rec Centre development Phase C (Sorauren Park) ongoing
  • Exhibition Place Community Engagement Focus Group – animating 192-acre site 365
  • Ontario Place re-development impacting our neighbourhood
  • Housing along our laneways and rear garden suites are popping up
  • Ongoing Greening of Parkdale
  • Affordable housing initiatives at 150 Dunn Avenue and 11 Brock Avenue
  • Community recognition awards were presented by our Ontario MPP, Bhutila Karpoche, to South Parkdale Community Pollination Gardens, Heinz Klein and Ric Amis, PRA Chair, for exemplary contributions to the community of Parkdale.

Together, we look forward to building an even stronger and more vibrant Parkdale in the coming year.

Best wishes to ALL Parkdalians for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!

Warm Regards,
PRA Exec