Exhibition Place is holding a virtualCommunity Liaison Consultation Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, March 24, from 6:00-8:00 PM. There are lots of things happening on the Exhibition Place grounds as we move away from Covid restrictions. This is your opportunity to receive updated information and comment regards these 192 acres directly South of our community. One strong interest for local residents in the catchment area around Exhibition Place would make the site more successful by animating the site 365-days per year and not focusing just on live events.
SMALL WAVES YOUNG MINDS – Youth Summer Program (ages 7 to 15)
The ultimate youth paddling program in the heart of Parkdale. Youth will be introduced t a variety of paddle crafts including Outrigger Canoe, Kayak, and Stand Up Paddle Board. They will be taught foundational paddling skills and boat control for each craft. They will have the best instructor to participant ratio of 1:6.
Program Schedule (July 5 to Sept. 3) Outrigger Canoe & Fitness Program – Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 AM to 12:30 PM Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board – Tuesday & Thursday: 9 AM to 12:30 PM All equipment including life jackets will be provided and sanitized before and after each use.
Join Councillor Perks on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00 PM for a virtual/telephone information session for seniors and their caregivers!
In collaboration with the City of Toronto Senior Services & Long-Term Care Division, Councillor Perks will be hosting a webinar to provide seniors and caregivers information on services available in Ward 4 and across the City. Learn about dental care for low-income seniors, deferring your property taxes, HomeShare (student tenant) program, food access programs, caregiver supports, and much more! This event is open to any interested individuals!
Are you feeling a little disconnected from nature and the ecosystem you live within? Over at Mission Green Toronto, they feel the solution is improving green spaces within the city. They are a group of local youth who are determined to grow tree canopy cover in Parkdale.
Trees are indicators of a healthy ecosystem. Trees help absorb stormwater runoff and carbon and; provide green spaces for humans and critters in an urban environment. Having trees in a community has been proven to increase the quality of life on both an environmental and social dimension and; also property value. Trees help liven up that grey urban landscape.
Mission Green Toronto will be offering free tree-planting opportunities to Parkdalians, which includes the following services:
• Helping you decide which species is appropriate for the land (front, side, backyard, etc.)
• Host virtual town halls during the week of February 20th to help answer any questions or concerns
• Deliver, plant and watch the tree grow into strong community landmarks with your help
If you are interested in having a free tree planted on your front or backyard, or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can now get a FREErapid testing kit for at-home use. Ontario will be distributing 5.5 million rapid antigen tests each week for eight weeks through pharmacy and grocery locations across the province, as well as through community partners in vulnerable communities. Here is a list of everywhere you can get free rapid tests. Use the search bar for a major street or store near you > https://www.ontario.ca/page/rapid-testing-home-use#locations.
Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) is asking for public input and review of a proposal in order to make recommendations on an application by Hullmark Developments Ltd for 340-376R Dufferin St. and 2 Melbourne Ave. to change the range of permitted employment uses on the site.
City Council approved to lease the site at 11 Brock Ave. (at Noble St.) to a non-profit housing provider, yet to be determined, to develop and operate 40 affordable and supportive rental homes in a new 4-storey building.
The City and CreateTO have done additional due-diligence work on the site and they are now ready to proceed with the demolition of the existing building. Site activity will begin including construction crew and equipment on-site and installation of fencing mid-January.
On Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 pm Councillor Perks will be hosting a virtualTown Hall on the 2022 Budget. He will be going over what is proposed, what is not, and how you can be involved. To register, please visit: https://bit.ly/Budgettownhall
As 2021 comes to an end, we want to thank you so much for supporting your community. This New Year’s Eve, the Executive from your Parkdale Residents Association wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy 2022. May it be a wonderful year for you.
We encourage you to give back to the community in any way that you can – whether it is donating non-perishable goods, volunteering in the community, or doing a good deed.
We wanted to share with you some of our highlights from 2021 that help build community…
Parkdale Hub Project (Queen W. & Cowan), West Queen West Area Study (Bathurst to Roncy), Parkdale Main Street Heritage District Study, new condo/rental developments along Queen West, King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles (KQQR) intersection construction, Wabash Community Rec Centre development (Sorauren Park), Exhibition Place Master Plan, Ontario Place re-development, Laneway housing, greening Parkdale, affordable housing.
On December 14, the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries is partnering with Infrastructure Ontario to host a virtual technical information session to share more information with the public on areas of work required to prepare the site for redevelopment.
At this upcoming Site Preparation Technical Information Session, the public will learn more about site preparation work that the province will be undertaking, including:
Environmental due diligence and approvals
Utility and site servicing replacement
Repairs to the Pods and Cinesphere
Design of the public realm
If you would like to join the Ministry’s event, here are the details: Date: December 14, 2021