City re­moves home­made stairs in Toronto park

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

TORONTO — The City of Toronto has taken down a set of stairs built in a park by a lo­cal man who took it upon him­self to help area res­i­dents get down a steep em­bank­ment. Coun. Justin Di Ciano, who rep­re­sents the man’s ward, says the man built the stairs for $550 af­ter first ask­ing the city to do so.

Di Ciano says the city quoted the man a price of be­tween $65,000 to $150,000 for the stairs.

He says that’s when the man de­cided to go ahead and con­struct the struc­ture him­self. A spokesman for the city’s parks depart­ment says the stairs had to come down be­cause they were un­safe. The city says it will be in­stalling a new set of stairs to­day.

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