There are many areas of the city that have been classified as green space deficient. Ward 16 is one of those places, but that has not stopped me from innovating at how we deliver and reimagine green space in the area.
I am working hard to acquire any under-utilized city assets for the purpose of creating parks/open space in Ward 16.
An example of this is the bus loop on Avenue Road at Roe Avenue which I have been working to move from the TTC to Parks, Forestry & Recreation.
In conjunction with looking to expand green space, I believe we need to continually focus on maximizing the use of the space that we have.
As part of this initiative, over the last three years I have made significant improvements to current parks — Cortleigh Parkette, Woburn Park, Phil Givens Park, and Old Orchard Playground — with a plan for more to come.
This year, I will be consulting with you on a “Master Plan for Eglinton Park.” I want to hear from you on how we can improve one of the largest parks in the Yonge & Eglinton area, so that we consider additional services, like cycling paths, the creation of an off-leash dog area, and enhanced space for recreation/sport activities.
I look forward to hearing from you on how we can make our city greener, more livable and sustainable, well into the future.