Update on Chorley Park Trail Design Stakeholders Working Group

post on November 17th, 2014
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Chorley Park Trail Design Stakeholder Working Group Meeting 1 – Final Summary

 

To Governors Bridge Residents:

 

Your neighbourhood association is working hard to represent the community’s  interest regarding the trail connection in Chorley Park.  Jeff Hanemaayer and Kim Barwise have participated in a number of meetings regarding this issue with the surrounding residents associations, Friends of Chorley Park, other stakeholders, and the city.  A detailed summary of the meeting is attached and found at www.toronto.ca/chorleytrail under “Working Group” along with other information on the Working Group.  The highlights include:

 

  • Representatives from the residents associations of Governors Bridge, South and North Rosedale and Moore Park, plus Friends of Chorley Park, numerous city officials, cycling and walking groups, individual residents, and an independent facilitator met for 4 hours on October 22nd to discuss the proposed trail from Chorley Park to the Beltline.
  • The discussion focused on:    Design options

Safety

Impact on natural environment

City vs Neighbourhood expectations

Defining accessibility

  • All groups were engaged and respectful of each other.
  • Due to a resignation for health reasons of a Working Group member with a physical disability, the City is looking for a replacement.  If you have a physical disability or know a neighbourhood resident with one who may be interested in joining the group, please contact me.

 

Next Steps:

  • Next meeting with all stakeholders is November 27, 2014.
  • Discussion to focus on access points to Chorley Park Trail, route options, widths, surfaces, liability issues and degree of accessibility.
  • The last meeting is December 8, 2014

 

These survey results of Governors Bridge residents  were previously shared with you and all other residents associations:

 

Aware of the Chorley Park switchback trail project?
Yes 79 95%
No 4 5%
I prefer:
  1. No new trails to be built
31 37% of responses 42% of responses with a preference
  1. City’s plan for a trail
10 12% of responses 14% of responses with a preference
  1. New trail with modifications to City’s plan
32 39% of responses 44% of responses with a preference
  1. Staircase
0 0% of responses 0% of responses with a preference
  1. Undecided or no opinion
10 12% of responses n/a
Total responses 83 39% of total houses    
Total with valid email addresses 149 70% of total houses
Total houses in neighbourhood 212  

 

Of those with a preference, 58% (b. & c.) want some sort of trail built.  However, 56% (a. & c.) are against the City’s plan.  It is our intent/commitment to represent the collective views of all Governors Bridge residents.  As such we will be advocating for a trail to be built but with modifications to the City’s plan.  This is essentially the same positon that most of the other groups are advocating.  The extent of the modifications will be developed at the next meetings.  Please let us know if you have any questions/suggestions by contacting me or Kim Barwise (email addresses above).

 

Respectfully submitted by

Jeff Hanemaayer and Kim Barwise

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Mud Creek Restoration Project

post on November 7th, 2014
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2014-10-28 Reach 2 NOPC

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Notice of Project Commencement: Mud Creek Restoration – Reach 2 and Reach 5

post on October 7th, 2014
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Please be advised that Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with Parks, Forestry, & Recreation (PF&R), is preparing to undertake channel restoration works along sections of Mud Creek (Reach 2 and Reach 5) within Moore Park Ravine.

This work will help improve storm water flows and ravine health, address public safety conditions, and reduce erosion of public and private property. 

Approximately 20 trees over 10 cm diameter will be removed to facilitate construction and access along Reach 2 (located south of the Governors Road Bridge). A long-term forest management strategy is being developed by PF&R to replace the removed trees, increase species diversity and enhance the ecological value along the Beltline Trail. Please be advised that the tree removals are expected to start as early as tomorrow morning.

The attached Notices of Project Commencement (NOPCs) will be hand delivered to residents near the work areas that may be impacted by noise and/or material deliveries. Project information and trail closure signs will also be posted in the vicinity of the project areas to notify the Public of the works.

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