Restoring and animating our parks is one of Councillor McMahon’s greatest passions. Mary-Margaret has invested heavily in our parks with the help of local park friends groups. Every year several Park renovations or redesigns are being planned or are under construction.
Planting Sakura Trees in Woodbine Park
Twenty new Sakura trees are to planted in Woodbine Park! The planting of these trees has been made possible by the generous donation of Torontonians James Matsumoto and Chako Setoyama. Councillor McMahon says, “the goal is to create a mini ‘Sakura Namiki’ or cherry blossom tree tunnel,” similar to the one (which is pictured below) that already exists in High Park.
Upgrades to the eastern area of the Beach including the creation of a new barrier-free accessible trail through Balmy Beach Park will soon be underway. The new trail will provide improved park access that will connect the parking lot at the east end of the park down to the boardwalk and beach area.
The new trail will be compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Design of Public Spaces Standard, while maintaining and increasing the tree canopy within Balmy Beach Park.
New Raindrop Plaza Park
Councillor McMahon is pleased to announce that in conjunction with water infrastructure upgrades along Coxwell Avenue, a new park will be constructed on the northwest corner of Dundas and Coxwell.
Raindrop Plaza will create a public gathering space by enlarging the corner and eliminating the right hand turning channel. Developed in conjunction with Toronto Water and Green Streets TO, the park will channel and store rain water helping to eliminate basement flooding in the area. Raindrop plaza will also contain educational elements to help illustrate the history of Toronto’s lost rivers and the importance of our watershed.
A public meeting with the community was held on November 26th to reveal the plans and gather community input.
Kew Entranceway Construction has Started
Improvements to the entranceway to Kew Gardens has started.
The new design includes an improved surface, larger planting beds and more seating.
Construction is planned to finish in October.
Winter Stations Grand Unveiling!
On Family Day, join Councillor McMahon, the organizers of the Winter Stations, and the designers of the installations for the grand unveiling and tour of this years’ sculptures.
Monday, February 15
Foot of Kew Gardens Park
Upper Beach Gardens!
Following an open call for names and an online poll with 397 responses, Upper Beach Gardens has been chosen by the local community as the new name for No Name Park.
There has been a great deal of confusion in the community about what to call the green space between Brockville Street and William Hancox Avenue. Adding to this confusion, the City also renamed the former Bridgepoint Park to “Bill Hancox Park” creating an apparent duplication of names.
In 2014, I initiated a process to empower local residents to select a new name for their park.
See the full survey results below: