We have a new community message board in Weston. It is located at the main entrance to W. C. Swanek Park on Queenslea Avenue. If you would like to post some news or an announcement, all you have to do is take it over to the park and drop it off in the mailbox of the house across the street. They will post it for you. More detailed instructions and the exact address of the house are available on the board.
This message board was one of the things promised at the community meeting held last spring regarding improvements to Swanek Park. I have been informed by Councillor Nunziata’s office that work on the park’s drainage system should commence within the next few months.
Another Weston park has received some new playground equipment. Earlier this summer, Rosemount Gardens Parkette got a swing set, slide and ride-on toy. According to Frances Nunziata’s office, some of this equipment was gifted to the community from the city. There had been a request to put a swing set in the park and apparently there was some unused equipment in storage so they decided to install it at Rosemount Gardens. Some of you might be wondering where exactly this park is located; it is right at the bend where Queenslea Avenue and Yelland Street meet. This land has been empty for years; it recently had a large number of young trees planted on the hill near the train tracks. Before the trees were planted, local residents often used the hill during the winter for tobogganing.
As of now, there are no plans to fence off the area. I am curious, for those of you who are familiar with the park, do you feel there should be some sort of fence?
Sunday is supposed to be another scorcher. What better way to cool off than to treat yourself to some ice cream?
The PC Ice Cream Shop will be visiting the Weston Road location of The Real Canadian Superstore on Sunday July 10th between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m..
This is your chance to sample some of the new ice cream flavours PC is offering this year. I have been assured that the samples will be much bigger than the tiny little spoons you get at some ice cream shops – they are actually small ice cream cones.
Look for the truck on the upper level, near the south entrance.
If you are in the area on Sunday, drop by and indulge. I plan to!
The wheels are in motion to start the improvements in Swanek Park. Here are some highlights from the meeting this week:
Correcting the drainage has been identified as the number one priority. We can expect this to begin as early as Fall, 2011.
An asphalt walking path will be built along the perimeter of the park
Improvements will be made to the baseball diamond, including new benches and bleachers
The existing play structure will be changed (with the exception of the rope climber which is relatively new). New swings, a play structure and a trellis structure to provide shade are also in the works.
A community notice board will be installed at the Queenslea entrance where residents can get/post information about what is going on in the community.
Most community members seemed pleased with the proposed plans. Now we have to get funding. It is estimated that this improvement will cost approximately $500, 000.00 (much of that is due to the severe drainage problem). It is expected that the improvements will take place in phases (each phase when funding is available).
Many thanks to Councillor Nunziata and City of Toronto Staff for putting these plans together. And a huge thank you to the Pelmo Swanek Community Association (PSCA), especially Brad Swanek and Ross Parry for the hard work and time they have put into this project (my apologies if I have omitted anybody).
On a different note, there was some talk of the possibility of having a Neighbour’s Night Out BBQ at the park this summer. If you are interested, leave a comment here or send an email to Adam here on WestonWeb (he will pass it along to me, Nicole) and I will make sure to inform the PSCA.
It has been about a year since the Pelmo/Swanek community members were abuzz with talk about the proposal to relocate St. John the Evangelist Catholic School to Swanek Park. This would have resulted in many of the residents surrounding the park losing their homes. Since then, things have been very quiet around the park. The playground remains in desperate need of a facelift.
Today, the Pelmo Swanek Community Association (PSCA) announced that Councillor Nunziata will be hosting a Community Meeting to discuss proposed upgrades and improvements to the park. City staff will be in attendance to gather community feedback and discuss the plans.
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Pelmo Park Community Centre, 171 Pellatt Avenue
For further information, please contact Councillor Nunziata’s office:
Brioni Supermarket is open for business! It has been two months since a devastating fire gutted the apartment above and caused flooding and water damage to the store.
Regular customers will be very pleased that Brioni’s has re-opened. In addition to groceries, Brioni’s features a hot table (I love the lasagna) and they also offer catering and free local delivery. If you have never been, check it out and support a local business, it is located at 173 Gary Drive.