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Updated: Nov. 19, 2017

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There are many issues, large and small, that pop up from time to time but don’t necessarily fit into any of the other pages. So, to help keep people up to date, we have this “What’s Up” page.

November 18, 2017

A large portion of Humber Bay Park East is fenced off for shoreline rehabilitation. click on the image below to see a high resolution drawing of the plan for this section of shoreline.

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November 6, 2017

The City has embarked on a major project to rejuvenate and redesign of the Humber Bay Parks. The most recent development was a public meeting on October 30th. Although we are generally pleased with most aspects of the plans, we are concerned that the planned building in Humber Bay Park East is still too big, with no clear rationale for all the space it contains.

Click on the image below to see the display panels. More information on the whole project is on the project website.

Panel4B

CCFEW submitted the following comments on the most recent plans:

    The building looks great, but it's too big. The economics don't work for putting staff in a small building with two multi-purpose rooms. No one will be able to afford to rent them. I was told that you have people interested, but you need to put a price on them and see if anyone is still interested. It shouldn't be hard to figure out roughly what the rental rate will be. Also, this smacks of a "community centre lite". We need a real community centre, not some halfway measure stuck in the middle of a park. Mimico has needed a community centre for years, and the rapidly increasing population in the Humber Bay area is exacerbating the deficiency. The key thing we hear over and over is the desire for year round public washrooms. We don’t see a compelling reason to build more than that. Without a sound business case for the inclusion of the multi-purpose rooms, they risk turning the whole building into a “white elephant”.

    It struck me that such a (potentially) beautiful building would be an ideal place to have a small display highlighting some cultural or natural history aspect of the area. If there was buy-in from the City and/or TRCA to manage rotating displays, it might be quite effective, but it would require about as much space as is currently dedicated to the lobby.

    Integration of the building into the existing berm and using the roof as a lookout platform are both good ideas. Having a place to shelter from inclement weather would be a valuable feature, but enclosing it creates a host of security and maintenance concerns.

    CCFEW supports the suggestion of the Friends of Humber Bay Parks (FOHBP) to include some limited, externally accessible storage space for volunteer community groups actively working to enhance the park through stewardship, education or animation.

    We haven’t seen a breakdown of paved area versus parking spaces created, but the parking configuration illustrated in panel 4B doesn’t look as efficient or functional as the one proposed in the master plan presentation last year.

    A final observation is that the presentation materials from the October 30th meeting are not easy to find. If one navigates to the main page at http://www.toronto.ca/humberbayparks, it still (on November 6th) lists:

    Upcoming Meetings

    Humber Bay Park East - Architectural Project: Public Information Meeting

    • Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017
    • Time:
      • 3:30 to 5:30p.m. (open house)
      • 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (open house)
    • Location: Mimico Centennial - Public Library 47 Station Road, Lower Floor Auditorium

    Based on that, it would be a reasonable assumption that the display panels, etc. are not yet available. There is no clear or intuitive path to the page with the presentation material from that meeting. This has almost certainly reduced public feedback.

 

February 1, 2017

Park Lawn / Lake Shore Area Transportation Master Plan

The City has embarked on a transportation study of the Lake Shore Blvd and Park Lawn area. This is a subject of great interest to everyone who lives near or travels through that area regularly. For CCFEW, or primary interest is ensuring that there is no further encroachment of transportation infrastructure into our parks. A few years ago, the plans for this area had the Mimico Loop relocating into Humber Bay Park East. The loop may be moved, but putting it in the park now appears much less likely.

Public meetings were held last year. All of the display panels, maps, and comment summaries are available on the project website.

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