Metrolinx’s September 28 meeting about the Eglinton West LRT raised several concerns. Regular readers will know that Metrolinx is planning a raised train through and above Fergy Brown Park. They are also planning a new, longer access road and “extraction shaft and portal” through what appears to be a stand of trees on park land.
In June, Metrolinx announced their plans for the Crosstown West branch of the LRT around the Eglinton Flats and Fergy Brown Park: They are planning to build a long elevated track from west of Scarlett to east of Jane.
The ‘elevated guideway’ will be 1.5 km long and about 5m (16′) off the ground. (The remainder of the tracks will be underground out to Renforth.)
It’s sure to be controversial, since the LRT will cut through Mount Dennis’ largest area of parkland.
Metrolinx says that they are concerned with minimizing “the visual impact on the surrounding park land, development and streets” and “overlook, overshadowing, noise and vibration, and physical obstructions”. In the presentation, Elmira Moghani said they considered “how it can nicely fit into the environment and the context of Eglinton Flats.” She says the preferred design is a “smaller structure which has less visual impact in the area [and] less constructibility challenges.”
The Mount Dennis Community Association, however, recently detailed several cases where Metrolinx has removed trees, not replaced trees, and allowed erosion in the neighbourhood.
There was a line-up of eager plant buyers before the 9:00 am opening of the Roselands Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale at the Eglinton Flats. Roselands has been going strong since 1926 and uses sale proceeds to fund their work with local schools and with West Park Hospital’s Long Term Care Facility.
Roselands email: [email protected]
I like slow news days: reporters wander off and occasionally end up here, in Weston—Mount Dennis.
The Star showed up last week and wrote a special on one of the local gems, Eglinton flats:
It is an idyllic oasis featuring wildlife, a large pond and green space that is now flooded with soccer players, tennis enthusiasts, cricketers and many less organized activities.
The recent Scarborough shooting comes on the wake of announcements that millions of dollars of funding for community programs in Toronto will be cut. Weston, one of 13 priority neighbourhoods in Toronto, receives some of that funding, as does Malvern, a community near the recent horrific shooting.
The Star ran a long report about the drying funding, saying
Kids are picking up basketballs instead of guns and community hubs are built or planned in eight of the neighbourhoods….
But a large chunk of the strategy’s initial funding for programs and infrastructure — some $85 million — came in the form of one-time cash injections that will dry up over the next year. No new pots of money have come down the pipe.
Premier McGuinty has offered to extend the funding, but Rob Ford appeared to be not interested, telling CP24, “The best social program is a job. Kids are going to be working until 10 or 11 at night, they’re not going be running around, shooting at each other…. Just handing out money, in these mentoring programs… I don’t really believe that handing out free money is the solution.” Last week, Ford voted against every single social program. He was the only person to vote against them.
Last night, a man was shot and killed at the Eglinton Flats recreation centre in Mount Dennis; Clayton Wright, 42, was murdered after playing in a weekly soccer game. He had no gang affiliations, according to police.
Mike Sullivan, MP, responded to the shooting in an email, saying “this latest shocking incident of gun violence in our city reminds us all that we must deepen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work together, at all levels of government, to bring an end to this kind of violence.”