Weston Tunnel is progressing

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Weston tunnel continues to progress and is remarkably deep as the size of the workers in the photo shows. This view is looking north, just west of King. A layer of trademark Weston shale can be seen on the sides and floor of the tunnel.

Looking further down, the finished floor on which the rail bed will be constructed is visible.

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Looking east down the tunnel. King Street is closed at this point.

Metrolinx staff at the community office (44 King Street) conduct regular walking tours. The next one is scheduled on September 19th at 5pm, although groups can arrange tours at other times and dates by calling Rawle or Loretta at 416-241-2300. The starting locatioon at 44 King is easy to miss – it’s the trailer next to the tracks on the south side of King.

King is expected to be put back together again partially (for south-west traffic) at the end of September and completely later on in the fall. More details here.

Events next week

 YWALC Open House

Invites you to attend our annual Open House
Thursday September 5
10:00 am -1:00 pm
1901 Weston Road   /  416.245.4395
www.yorkwestactivelivingcentre.ca

Light snack will be provided

Our friendly staff and instructors will be on hand to answer questions about our social and instructional programs, as well our social transportation service. Join us for live demonstrations of our social and recreational programs.

For more information about any of our events call Rita at 416-245-4395 x222 or email us at [email protected]

Weston’s sports complex

The sports complex at Lawrence and Hickory Tree Road is a little quieter than usual. York Weston Tennis Club‘s courts are closed for major renovations. The city will pay for the resurfacing but not the acrylic top coat which will be applied early in 2014 after the new paving has time to settle. The resurfacing itself will be done soon in conjunction with the final coat of asphalt on the parking lot. The fencing is being removed for the work but will be re-used if possible. Members will be on the hook for the cost and while the club doesn’t have the estimated $27 – $50,000 cost, members who wish to lend the club money for the top coat will get 5% interest on their loan.

Fencing being removed in preparation for court resurfacing.
Fencing being removed in preparation for court resurfacing.

Weston Pool is also gearing down for the return to school and will close for the summer on Sunday September 1 at 3:45pm. According to manager, Brock University student (and camera shy) Sarah, the pool employs 10 – 12 local students every summer serving 10 – 12 hour shifts.

The pool on a quiet, overcast morning.
Weston pool on a quiet, overcast morning.

Oddly, the snack bar has not been opened since 2001. It occupies prime space at the front of the building but for some reason has sat idle for more than a decade.

The snack bar has a window at the right of the pool entrance.
The snack bar has a window at the right of the pool entrance.

A tenant could rent the space for the summer and serve the hundreds of daily swimmers as well as passing traffic. In addition, they could be charged with keeping the area free of litter. Manager Sarah could shed no light on why the space has gone unused all these years but it shouldn’t be too hard to bring it up to speed if a Weston restaurant wanted to open it for the summer.

The snack bar interior.
The snack bar interior.

Perhaps Westonians can shed some light on this mystery. Let’s hope that red tape is not getting in the way.

The soccer field is in action for many hours a day. The venue has proven to be so attractive that groups of soccer players use the large garbage and recycling bins as goalposts for smaller games. The downside of this is that litter accumulates in the places formerly served by the bins.

Training aids or garbage bins?
Training aids or garbage bins?

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WestonWeb attempted on several occasions to contact Parks supervisor Diane Czapla but her phone mailbox has been full for several weeks. Perhaps 311 can help.

 

Jane and 400 a dangerous intersection for bikes

Jane and the 400 off-ramp is a very dangerous intersection for bikes—the 28th worse intersection in the city in fact—according to data published by a PhD student at the University of Toronto.

Adrian Verster analyzed automobile-bike collisions for all of Toronto and took the amount of traffic into consideration. He says there are a two things that make an intersection dangerous: a turn in the road and a lack of bike lanes. I would add a right turn (drivers are often looking left at a right turn) to that calculation. Jane and the 400 has all three. It’s a crowded intersection, with motorists coming off the 400 in a hurry, and little space for bikes.

This really bums me out. Please, cyclists, let me give you a tip gleaned from long effort: avoid Jane altogether. Take Torbarrie, Wilson and Wendell if you have to leave Weston. It’s hardly a detour at all and quite safe if you are very cautious on Wilson. Speaking of which—anyone know what it takes to get a bikepath built? Wilson would love one.

Hip new employer

Paul Ferreira, our MP’s assistant, writes in with some good news: Weston has a new and neat employer. MediaEdge; a publisher, marketer, and event planner; has opened up an office in Weston, on South Station Street.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we got espresso and then a part of the knowledge economy. I can’t think without a black nap. (Har har, I can hear you snickering about how I can’t think with it, either.)

 

Noise wall designs released

Metrolinx has released its proposed noise wall designs. The walls, which have been very controversial downtown, will run through large parts of Weston. Community members can give their input at a meeting on September 10.

The noise walls will be very large— 5m tall along much of their length—and they have to balance expense, attractiveness, noise reduction, and resilience to graffiti. The compromises are not always lovely.

Most of the walls in Weston will be concrete or concrete and plexiglass. Generally, the nicest designs are saved for intersections and railway crossings. Most people will have less attractive (but more effective) concrete walls behind their homes.

Apart from the crossing near St Phillips, from the intersection at Weston south until Church, the walls will be made of concrete and acrylic on the southwest side and solid concrete on the northeast.The walls will not enclose the northern CP tracks.

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Between King and Lawrence, the walls are more complicated and generally more attractive. “Film strip” walls will be used between King and Lawrence.

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The John Street crossing, though, (which will be a bridge) will have transparent walls.
    GlassThe area immediately around the Farmers’ Market will have ‘art walls’, on which community art can be hung.artpanel

While the pictures make the walls look attractive, your humble correspondent recommends caution: mentally take the trees out, scratch and fade the plexiglass, and try to picture the walls in the winter.

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