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Building Climate Change Resilient Parks

Tree Damage at Withrow Park

Withdraw (above) and Dieppe Park both sustained heavy damage to trees during and after the ice storm two years ago.

In the face of rapid, man-made climate change, Toronto’s parks are facing some major challenges.  This is especially true around soil erosion, soil compaction, changing bio-diversity and most importantly, tree canopies.

As many of you know, I’m a student of AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) and I’ve just finished a little course sponsored by the World Bank Group.  You might be interested in one of my video artifacts – dealing specifically with Toronto Parks.  It speaks directly to the challenges and ways to overcome those challenges as we drift towards the year 2050.  I hope you’re inspired – at least a little ~ Ed.

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A Ryerson Student on Climate Change

Bud burst is dependent on changes in weather

Bud burst is dependent on changes in weather

As some of you know, I’m a student of environmental science with a very special interest in anthropogenic global warming (or AGW)  and how urban parks can be made more resilient in the face of a changing climate.

Last week, as part of an assignment, I interviewed a Ryerson student about climate changes and asked her four questions.  Below are her responses that I thought I’d share with you.  The take-away is that this student sees very few changes in attitudes or behaviors of people or companies as they relates to climate change.  Continue reading

Artificial Turf Coming to Dieppe Park?

IMG_0005 v2~ By Ed Horner.     May 5, 2015

Dieppe Park walks a fine line between being a community park  (used mainly by local residents) and being a sports park (used heavily by organized soccer and baseball teams from in and around the GTA, that pay to use the facility).  For the 26 years that I’ve lived within walking distance of Dieppe, the park has handled this tension fairly well.  Having lived on Greenwood with my backyard right on the park, I can say that with some confidence.*

Last night, I was at a public consultation meeting hosted by Councillor Mary Fragedakis in the Council Chambers of the East York Civic Centre at 850 Coxwell Ave.  The purpose of this meeting was to;

  • Present the draft design concept for the redevelopment of the soccer field at Dieppe Park
  • Receive comment/input from the public on the proposed design
  • Discuss next steps

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Ice Rink Construction Continues

Taken a few days ago, you can clearly see the shape of the pleasure rink with it’s rounded triangular surface with an island in the middle.  On the east side of the fieldhouse, you can now see progress on the portico as the steel beams go up.

A few shots of construction work in park

Watch an excavator work on the concrete slabs of the old rink as it finishes up in the north west corner of the park.  Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook.

Ice Rink Construction Begins

Concept A

Concept A

It’s been a long time coming, but construction of new Artificial Ice Rink (A.I.R) is underway.  Click here for some background and here for a list of suggested improvements and comments from FODP.

The rink, which is is presently in place, was built some 40 years ago and has come to the end of it’s life cycle.  The new rink – slightly re-aligned and expanded – will be ready for skating this winter.  The fieldhouse, also some forty years old, will receive a major facelift and all new mechanicals to service the ice surface and make it more comfortable and user friendly for the many skaters who use the facility every winter.  (See photos below)  Councillor for Ward 29 – Mary Fragedakis – has been working very hard with the Parks people and project manager to get this project underway … thanks Mary! Continue reading

Dogs may run free in all city parks

 

Regardless of which side of the argument you’re on, I urge you to send a clear message to Councilor Mary Fragedakis letting her know your feeling about having dogs run free in Dieppe Park from 9pm to 9am.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a dog owner himself, has asked the parks and environment committee to study introducing off-leash hours at all parks.  Regardless of how you feel about this, I urge you to send a clear message to Councilor Mary Fragedakis letting her know your thoughts.

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