Swanek Park is getting an upgrade. The park, which is frequently pretty swampy, will have pipes and channels installed to improve drainage.
The channels will be installed in the rough shape of a lower-case g and will in some places be covered with gravel. The work should begin in November and be completed by the spring—earlier if weather allows.
According to the planning group, the city will build a walking path around the park next year or in 2015, depending on when the budget is approved. It might be possible to improve the playground set at the same time, and the group is looking for input from local parents and children.
The baseball diamond could also use some work, and residents are looking to raise money from charitable groups and fundraising.
If you would like to be involved in the Pelmo Swanek Community Association, you can contact contact Ross Parry at r o s s [email protected] Remove the spaces to spell the word “ross”, though.
The Toronto Star reports that the TDSB is thinking of selling school land to developers to pay for renovations. One of the schools facing the loss is Pelmo Park in Weston.
According to The Star, Pelmo may be forced to sell 2.9 acres of land—about one-third of its property. The proceeds would be used to put money into the board’s capital budget, which has been frozen by the provincial government. The school board says it has a $3 billion dollar capital debt and a $30 million capital deficit.
Chris Tonks, our trustee, said that he was unable to discuss the particulars of the proposal until after the meeting tonight, but added “I am opposed to any severance and sale of Pelmo Park Public School green space if proposed. In any event, any recommendation by TDSB staff to sever land at any school property should be brought out to the communities that are impacted”.
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.