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Don Mills Trail Update

Update - August 18, 2014

As I mentioned in my June eNewsletter, the contract for construction of the northern portion of the Don Mills Trail was awarded this Spring and work has started!

Construction of the northern Don Mills Trail will be done as part of a larger two-year rehabilitation project on the York Mills Road bridge, just east of Scarlet Road. As part of the rehabilitation project, crews will be repairing the bridge deck and installing new asphalt as well as replacing lighting, walls and sidewalks. Construction has just started and is expected to be completed by fall 2015.

Construction of the trail will be completed within six weeks before 2015. The northern part of the trail will run south from York Mills Road through Bond Park to Bond Avenue.

Please note that during construction, the trail will remain closed to the public at Bond Avenue. There will also be lane restrictions during construction. For more details, please see the construction notice below.

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Update - May 30, 2014

The northern extension of the Don Mills Trail will soon be underway!

The construction tender closed earlier this month and the work will be completed this year.

Unfortunately, despite years of good faith discussions, a completed environmental assessment and a general agreement, the southern extension has been delayed because the local property owner pulled out of negotiations with the city.

This means that we will need to find an alternate route for the much needed southern extension.

Currently, I am pulling together an emergency meeting of senior city staff and stakeholders to identify a new route and get the southern extension back on track.

October 3, 2013

I am pleased to report city staff advised me the northern extension of the Don Mills Trails project is out to tender and construction should begin soon.

In 2012, I intervened to break a long-standing delay and negotiated an easement for the city over the Metrus property, making the southern extension possible.

Before the easement can be granted, the province is now requiring the city to carry out an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the land in question. It is an unfortunate delay, but one that is beyond the city’s control – it is mandated by the province.

I am pleased to report the first phase of the environmental assessment for the southern extension of the Don Mills Trail is complete.

The second phase, which began this spring, is nearly complete and city staff expects the assessment to be completed this fall.

The city has already completed its portion of the EA and the province is evaluating the city’s work. If the province concludes that the site is in good condition, work on the southern extension can begin as early as fall 2013.

Northern Don Mills Trail Construction Underway!

As I mentioned in my June eNewsletter, the contract for construction of the northern portion of the Don Mills Trail was awarded this Spring and work has started!

Construction of the northern Don Mills Trail will be done as part of a larger two-year rehabilitation project on the York Mills Road bridge, just east of Scarlet Road. As part of the rehabilitation project, crews will be repairing the bridge deck and installing new asphalt as well as replacing lighting, walls and sidewalks. Construction has just started and is expected to be completed by fall 2015.

Construction of the trail will be completed within six weeks before 2015. The northern part of the trail will run south from York Mills Road through Bond Park to Bond Avenue.

Please note that during construction, the trail will remain closed to the public at Bond Avenue. There will also be lane restrictions during construction

Civitan Arena Replacement

Photo:  TOBuilt

Photo: TOBuilt

Update - May 2014

Don Mills’ Civitan Arena is due to close in 2020, and the site for a replacement arena returned to the city’s Government Management Committee in mid May.

The Committee opted to defer a final decision until 2015 to allow a further search for suitable replacement sites in the area of Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. The Committee also ruled out Don Mills Collegiate Institute’s field as a suitable option.

Following my push for community consultation in fall 2013, I brought a motion forward directing city staff to establish a working group of community stakeholders to provide direct and substantive feedback throughout the duration of the site selection process.

My motion ensures that the neighbourhood’s opinion will be front and centre when the final site is chosen!

Update – February 2014

At Government Management Committee in October, I pushed hard for a community consultation to give residents an opportunity to have their thoughts heard about the arena relocation. The public meeting took place in early December and it was a full and productive discussion!

At January’s Government Management Committee, a decision on the best relocation site was deferred until spring to ensure that each and every option is thoroughly studied and reviewed. I will continue to work with Ward 25, my colleagues on Council and city staff to make sure that the new arena is open by 2020 as planned!

November 2013

In mid-October, city staff brought forward a report to Government Management Committee identifying the northwest corner of York Mills Road and the Don Valley Parkway as the recommended site for an arena to replace the Don Mills Civitan Arena. The Science Centre parking lot at the southwest corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road was also under consideration.

The Toronto District School Board recently declared surplus a portion of the Don Mills Middle School property fronting Lawrence Avenue East, and it has been suggested as a further alternative.

I pushed hard at Government Management Committee for a successful motion that requires city staff to schedule a public meeting prior to making any decisions about the replacement site. In my mind, we need to hear from Don Mills before moving forward on a location!

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Don Mills Middle School Cafetorium (17 The Donway East). It is an opportunity to speak directly to city staff and to discuss the replacement location of the Don Mills Civitan Arena.

Everyone is welcome and I encourage you to attend!

Town Crier: Push on to extend Don Mills Trail

By Eric Emin Wood
The Town Crier
January 12, 2014

Starting just south of York Mills Road and running parallel to Leslie Street, Don Mills Trail is picturesque, popular with nearby families and seniors, who use it as a walking trail — and is abruptly stopped by a fence surrounding commercial property north of Eglinton Avenue East.

Since being elected in 2010, Ward 25 councillor Jaye Robinson has been trying to extend the trail from York Mills to Eglinton, notably by negotiating with the commercial property owners to allow visitors through.

Robinson’s efforts may finally be coming to fruition, as the trail’s northern section is being put to tender this month, after which the city can determine development costs for extending the trail and plan a schedule around them.

The trail’s southern section is more complex: Robinson spent a year securing land use rights from the commercial property owners, after which city staff discovered the soil might be contaminated.

Following an environmental assessment, which was forwarded to the province, a city staff report outlining cleanup costs is expected soon.

“It’s not overly contaminated,” Robinson said, indicating clean-up is not expected to be extensive or expensive.

Once the report is delivered, Robinson’s staff will hire a consultant to design the trail.

Construction, which will include embedding soil, planting trees and laying paths, will begin in spring or summer.

“It’s all kind of good news,” Robinson said. “It’s just been unfolding very slowly.”

 

Read the full story here.

Bond Park Tennis Lights

Update – February 2014

Work to improve tennis court lighting in Bond Park is underway. I pushed hard to make sure this project was on the books for 2014 and I’m happy to see that work has begun. City staff have already determined the scope of the project and reviewed drawings with a tennis club representative. Construction is scheduled to begin September 2 and finish October 18!

November 2013

I am pleased to report that work will soon be underway to improve the tennis court lighting at Bond Park early next year!

City staff have already met with representatives from the tennis club to review the scope of the project, hired a consultant and started work on a preliminary design.

Soon, city staff will be reaching out to stakeholders with design updates and to coordinate the schedule and impact of construction.

Stay tuned for updates!