In August, several talented young people were seen painting a stylized thunderbird along the abutment wall of the Lawrence Avenue bridge over the Humber. Here is the finished product in panoramic view so that it can be seen fully.
Painting of the mural was arranged by Urban Arts, who specialize in beautifying vertical spaces. The team worked under the direction of Cree Metis artist Jason Baerg who came up with the indigenous people theme. Team members were: Devlyn Mar, Tyson Simms-Campbell, Jerlie Thorpe, Aryana Singh, Carlos Guevara, Italia Santoyo and Taye Harding. This same team completed a sweetgrass themed mural in the underpass carrying the Pan Am Trail under Scarlett Road.
This is the first in a hopefully-short series on waste in Weston: wasted opportunities, wasted money, and wasted space.
Today, a wasted opportunity. The 85-year-old and very pretty Satin Finish office was torn down this week, in exchange for a ‘beautification agreement’¹ with the builders.
Your correspondent had other, better plans. It could have been a small rec or youth centre, with after-school programming for the many kids in the new development. Imagine a sunlit space with oak beams and hardwood floors—a nod to its history—with an AV lab, a homework space and a videogame room, where kids could go and play LAN games.
We could have had an institutional daycare—there hasn’t been one since the Weston Village Childcare closed up more than 4 years ago. Or perhaps it could have had a meeting space or a job centre, where we could go, network, and post and find work.
Frances Nunziata said in most recent email circular that many more trees will be coming to Weston parks “in order to replace trees that have been removed for construction and invasive species removals, to increase shade, and to improve the urban forest canopy.” Good news!
Interestingly, a Dutch-elm resistant strain will be planted in Grattan Park. Your correspondent had no idea that such a thing existed. Pray that they’ll find one for ash borer!
TRCA Project Coordinator, Courtney Rennie was true to his word (see yesterday’s post). As of Tuesday August 15, the south end of the Cruickshank Park trail is open and workers are beginning to remove the fencing.
No doubt work will eventually begin on replacing the path which has taken a beating all the way down to Raymore Park thanks to various construction projects, the last of which (sewer re-lining) should be winding down soon.
Cruickshank Park has undergone two recent periods of construction. The first, in 2013 was to extend the Pan Am Path from the north end of the park to Mallaby Park at Weston Road and St Phillips.
The most recent was to do extensive erosion control work on the Etobicoke side. The Humber River was beginning to chew at a Scarlett Road co-op apartment’s playground and would have eventually threatened the whole site. Access for the work was through the Lawrence parking lot and this meant that for all but the most determined, the Pan Am Path northwards to Mallaby was closed.
A staging area and bridge to the affected bank on the far side were constructed to expedite access.
Toronto and Region Conservation Area Project manager, Courtney Rennie tells me that, “I anticipate opening the trail as early as next week, including removal of the temporary fast fencing around the project limits. There may be intermittent closures of the trail for terraseeding and restoration plantings, however that will only be for a few hours at a time while staff are on site.”