Update on Safety Review on St. Mark's Road

Friends,

The Road Safety Review Staff Report - St. Mark's Road, between Humbercrest Boulevard and Varsity Road was reviewed and adopted at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) yesterday: https://secure.toronto.ca/council/agenda-item.do?item=2023.TE4.38

This Staff Report provides an overview of the assessments and improvements proposed and/or undertaken by Transportation Services to date since the investigations took place last year.

Upcoming work

Review the accessibility of the pathway that connects St Mark's Road to Underwood Avenue / Gooch Avenue

This matter was forwarded to Parks Forestry & Recreation staff for review and follow up. It was subsequently determined that this pathway may be under the jurisdiction of Transportation Services. Staff are reviewing in more detail. 

Road Resurfacing and Pavement Marking

St Mark's Road between Pasadena Gardens and Varsity Road is tentatively scheduled for resurfacing in 2023.

  • Sharrows will be painted in 2023 on St Mark's Road between Varsity Road and Humbercrest Boulevard. This will be a part of the Jane / Baby Point wayfinding cycling route
  • Share Lane Markings, or “Sharrows” are road markings used to indicate a shared environment for bicycles and motor vehicles. The shared lane markings highlight cycling routes, which alert all road users to the presence of bicycle traffic on the street, and may also be configured to offer directional and wayfinding guidance for people cycling.  

Road safety remains top of mind as we continue with this work.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any more questions.

 

Sincerely,

Gord


In this week's newsletter:

  • Invitation to Town Hall on Community Safety and Well-being
  • Community Consultation Meeting on Ontario Place
  • Community Compost Days are just around the corner
  • Here's how to host a Jane's Walk
  • Join Toronto Nature Stewards as a volunteer

Town Hall on Community Safety and Well-being

Parkdale-High Park's Member of Parliament Arif Virani, Member of Provincial Parliament Bhutila Karpoche and I will be hosting a town hall from 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, April 20 at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Secondary school (1515 Bloor St W). Join us to discuss how we can improve community safety and well-being.


Community Consultation Meeting on Ontario Place

Meeting Background

Infrastructure Ontario has submitted a combined Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment application for the redevelopment of the provincially owned lands at Ontario Place. The application includes and Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning application for public realm, shoreline, heritage and underground parking proposals for the non-tenanted lands and for entertainment, recreation and wellness uses on the West Island on behalf of Therme. The proposal submitted on November 25th, 2022 is the first phase of planning applications, with other planning applications to follow.
The City of Toronto is acting as the approval authority in the review of the applications. Infrastructure Ontario is acting as the applicant and project manager.

Community Consultation

The City is hosting two options for public consultation Meeting: 

In Person: 

Saturday, April 15th, 2023 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Beanfield Centre, 105 Princes Boulevard at Exhibition Place
12:30 – 1:30pm (overview)
1:30 – 4:30pm (Themed breakout discussions)

Virtual:

Tuesday, April 18th, 2023 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join online by Webex
Visit www.toronto.ca/CPconsultations for the registration link under "955 Lake Shore Boulevard (Ontario Place)" and instructions on how to join. We encourage you to join ten minutes before 7:00 p.m. to allow time to log on.

Join us at the Community Consultation Meetings to participate, which will include:

  • an update on the status of the Study including its process, and potential outcomes;
  • presentations from the applicant teams; and
  • opportunities for local residents, employees, businesses and landowners to provide feedback.

Application Highlights:

  • A provincially-led Public Realm Master Plan for the free and continuously publically accessible lands on the East Island, Central Water and Mainland;
  • Integration and coordination of the public realm designs with Trillium Park and publically accessible tenanted lands;
  • Retention and re-use of the Pods and Cinesphere for future programming;
  • A 65,000 square meter entertainment, water recreation and wellness facility at a maximum height of 45 metres on the West Island (Therme);
  • A 22,000 square meter entrance building and bridge structure at a maximum height of 26 metres on the Mainland (Therme);
  • Future programming on the East Island and Mainland with details to be determined; and
  • A five level underground parking structure with 2,100 spaces and 680 bike parking spaces.

More Information
For more information on the Ontario Place Redevelopment proposals, please refer to the contact information below or view the website at: www.toronto.ca/955Lakeshore


Community Compost Days

Come by and pick up free leaf compost at one of our Community Compost Days:

Saturday, April 29th at 10:00am (while supplies last) at the corner of Doran Ave. and Althea Rd.

Thursday, May 4th at 2:00pm (while supplies last) at Masaryk Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.

Saturday, May 6th at 10:00am (while supplies last) at the corner of Wabash Ave. and Macdonell Ave.

Please bring your own shovels and containers


Love your community? You should lead a Jane's Walk!

Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, community-led walking conversations, held in Toronto May 5-7, 2023.

Anyone can lead a Jane's Walk because everyone is an expert in their own experience of the places they live, work, and play. Anyone means you!  

A Jane’s Walk is a walking conversation—not a lecture. Jane’s Walks are often walking tours, but they can also be bike rides, poetry readings, performance art, games, and more.

Learn how to share and and celebrate your community on the Jane’s Walk website.


Join Toronto Nature Stewards as a volunteer

Toronto Nature Stewards is a volunteer based organization working to restore the health and beauty of Toronto’s many ravines. Two of their sites are within Parkdale-High Park: South Kingsway (8 South Kingsway) and Magwood Park (2 Pasadena Gardens).

Their focus is the removal of invasive plants with fully trained Lead Stewards providing direction, so volunteers are never on their own. Events are usually on a weekly basis, but no time commitment is required. Volunteers must be registered to participate.

To learn more, check out torontonaturestewards.org and if you would like to give it a try, click on “Get Involved”.

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