Celebrating community victories
Christin Carmichael Greb Ward 16 Councillor
Now that September has arrived, I thought I would take this opportunity to update everyone on some of the issues that have moved forward over the last little while.
A solution has finally be reached concerning the plight of Bannockburn Park. Happily, after much public pressure, the Toronto District School Board finally removed the two-acre green space from their list of assets for sale. Many thanks to all those residents who endeavoured to save the park!
On July 26 it was my privilege to host a renaming ceremony at Caribou Park. Mayor Tory joined me and the area residents in celebrating the life of former Mayor Phil Givens and unveiled a new sign naming the park in his honour. We also unveiled a plaque with all the local citizens, headed up by the Friends of Caribou Park, who raised $30,000 to refurbish the park.
The long-term road closure permits for Eglinton Avenue West in front of the construction site for the Avenue Road Crosstown LRT station were also approved. After months of negotiations with Metrolinx and local businesses, a compromise was reached that enables some of the shops to avoid being blockaded by the construction setup. Sadly, Eglinton Park will be required to stage some of the construction work, but through community consultation we were able to minimize the occupation of the park by Metrolinx.
As the calendar turns to fall and we are back to our busy daily lives, I hope everyone enjoyed the summer we had and took advantage of all the city has to offer!