Wabash Community Recreation Centre Public Art Consultations

Friends,

The City is working on finalizing the detailed design for a new community recreation centre at Sorauren Park. I am thrilled by the progress on this project over the last year.

The preferred design was presented to the local community for a final round of feedback and revisions in 2023. The new facility will include an indoor pool, a gymnasium, and flexible multi-purpose program space. The surrounding landscape will include Indigenous placekeeping elements, a new community plaza, and a new off-leash area. Tendering for a construction team is anticipated in 2024, with construction expected from 2024 – 2027. You can learn more about the Wabash Community Recreation Centre project here.

This project includes an opportunity to install new public artworks inside the new community recreation centre. In February 2024, a specially convened Selection Panel composed of arts professionals and community members met to evaluate artist submissions. The panel determined a shortlist of five artists/teams to proceed to the second stage of the competition.

I wanted to share a friendly reminder that the City is currently welcoming community input on these five proposals.

Join the in-person Park Pop-up at Sorauren Park on May 11 and May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or take the online survey to provide feedback on the five shortlisted proposals for the public artwork in the community recreation centre. The survey closes on May 13, 2024.

I look forward to seeing the winning proposal awarded by the Selection Panel, informed by the community’s input.

Sincerely,


  • Wabash Community Centre - Public Art Consultation
  • TTC Notice - Overnight Work at Queen & Dufferin Intersection, May 6 & 7
  • Youth Week
  • 1930 - 1938 Bloor St W and 3, 5 & 21 Quebec Ave Community Meeting and Staff Report to Toronto East York Community Council
  • Office Space Needs Study
  • Upcoming Events at Lambton House
  • Upcoming Events at Sorauren Park
  • Neighbourhood Climate Action Grants open for applications

TTC Notice - Overnight Work at Queen & Dufferin Intersection, May 6 & 7

Starting May 6 from 11 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. on May 7, 2024, TTC overhead crews will undertake a critical inspection of the (overhead wiring) at the intersection of Queen and Dufferin.

During this time, TTC service will be diverted around the Queen/Dufferin intersection as follows:

501/301 Queen streetcar:

  • Both ways via Queen Street West, Bathurst Street, Dundas Street West, Roncesvalles Avenue, and The Queensway to route.

501/301 Queen replacement buses:

  • Both ways via Wolseley Loop, Bathurst Street, Queen Street West, The Queensway, and Sunnyside Loop.

504A/304 King streetcar:

  • Both ways via 504A King Streetcar diverting both ways via King Street West, Bathurst Street, Dundas Street West, and into Dundas West Station.

504A King replacement buses:

  • Westbound: west on King Street West, north on Shaw Street, west on Queen Street West, north on Roncesvalles Avenue, and into Dundas West Station.
  • Eastbound: south on Dundas Street West, south Roncesvalles Avenue, east Queen Street West, south Shaw Street, east King Street West, north Bathurst Street, west Adelaide Street West, south Spadina, west King Street West.

504B King streetcar:

  • Both ways: via King Street West, Bathurst Street, Dundas Street West, and Roncesvalles Avenue into Roncesvalles Yard.

504B King replacement buses:

  • Westbound: west on King Street West, north on Shaw Street, west on Queen Street West, west on The Queensway and into Sunnyside Loop.
  • Eastbound: east on The Queensway, east Queen Street West, south on Shaw Street, east on King Street West, north on Bathurst Street, west on Adelaide Street West, south on Spadina, and west on King Street West.

 


Youth Week

Youth Week runs from May 1 to 7 in #Toronto! From sports to cooking to dance and art, young people can take part in many fun and enriching events across the city! 🌟

 


1930 - 1938 Bloor St W and 3, 5 & 21 Quebec Ave Community Meeting and Staff Report to Toronto East York Community Council

The City has received a Zoning By-law Amendment application for 1930 - 1938 Bloor St W and 3, 5 & 21 Quebec Ave. The application proposes a 17-storey mixed-use building containing 144 residential units (including 12 rental replacement units), retail on the ground floor, 159 bicycle parking spaces, and 63 vehicle parking spaces. As a result, City Planning staff scheduled a virtual Community Consultation Meeting for the evening of Tuesday, April 30th at 6pm.

Hearing demand from the neighbourhood for an in-person meeting within the community, City Planning has set up another community meeting for May 15th from 6pm-7:30pm, at 569 Jane Street in the Runnymede Collegiate Institute Auditorium. The Community Consultation Meeting on May 15th will consist of presentations by City Planning followed by a Q&A session. You will have opportunity to view the proposal and share your thoughts. Councillor Perks, and City Planning staff will be in attendance to help answer any questions that may arise.            

City Planning Staff have also submitted a Staff Report to Tuesday, May 7th Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) that recommends that City Council refuse this application. This meeting will be reviewing Staff Report: TE13.9 - 1930-1938 Bloor Street West and 3, 5 and 21 Quebec Avenue - Zoning By-law Amendment and Rental Housing Demolition Applications - Decision Report – Refusal.

The Report to TEYCC recommends that the City Council refuse the applications for Zoning By-law Amendment and Rental Housing Demolition, and in the event the applications are appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal, City Council attempt to resolve the Zoning By-law Amendment and Rental Housing Demolition Applications, to the satisfaction of the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, and the City Solicitor

The full report is available on-line at here.

Councillor Perks will be supporting the staff recommendation. Please review the details of the report and share your questions and comments with our office by email or phone 416-392-7919.

You can register to speak or provide written comment for the May 7th TEYCC meeting through [email protected]. TEYCC will also be streamed live online here.

Further information on the project, and what is being proposed, can be found on the City's Application Information Centre website here.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Office Space Needs Study

The City is undertaking a study to analyze current office market conditions, understand the benefits and risks of converting office space to alternative uses, and explore policy options that would balance office needs in the short-term and long-term, while ensuring the City’s economic role remains competitive and resilient.

Phase one of the study is now complete and is summarized in the AODA accessible copy of the Office Space Needs Study Background Report Executive Summary . If you have questions or comments regarding the Background Report Executive Summary please contact Carola Perez-Book or Rory McNeil.

Phase Two of the study includes further stakeholder and public consultation, projections, financial feasibility analysis and policy options.

For more information, please visit Office Space Needs Study.

 


Upcoming Events at Lambton House


Upcoming Events at Sorauren Park


Neighbourhood Climate Action Grants open for applications

Now open for applications! The Neighbourhood Climate Action Grants fund resident-led projects, activities and events that reduce emissions that contribute to climate change and educate the public on climate action. Grants of up to $7,500 per group are available.  

 

Applications are being accepted until noon on June 12, 2024. Find more information and apply online on the City’s Neighbourhood Climate Action Grants webpage. 

 


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