Posts Tagged ‘toronto parks’

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.

Climate Change and Toronto Trees

Susan Dimitrakopoulos

According to the 2012 city commissioned report on Climate Change by 2050, (Toronto’s Future Weather & Climate Driver Study: Outcomes Report) Toronto is in for, hotter summers, milder winters and more frequent severe weather – in a nutshell.

On the face of it, that doesn’t sound too bad, but it’s going to effect the tree canopy that we’ve all grown to love and cherish.  Climate Change is going to be tough on our trees. Continue reading

Toronto’s interest in parks signals an urban maturity

Christopher Hume, Toronto Star

Christopher Hume, Toronto Star

By: Urban Issues, Published on Wed Feb 27 2013

Green space or greenbacks, people never have enough. And nowhere more so than in Toronto, where suddenly parks are on everyone’s mind, if not under their feet. Continue reading

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.

Sitting is the new smoking …

richard-louvRichard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. He is the author of eight books, including “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age” and “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” which have been translated into 12 languages and published in 17 countries.

Sitting is the new smoking. That’s a useful new buzz-phrase for what some health experts are calling the “pandemic of inactivity.” Continue reading

Park Friends Group Guidebook

Park Users Guide  With the help of the great people at Park People I found a very useful guide to help user groups start their own park user group!

Find a park that needs a park group advocate and get going!!  The City has proven to be very forthcoming with help and advice for organized user groups.

Learn how you can improve and activate your park! Whether you are starting a new Friends of the Park Group or hoping to improve an existing one, download the free, Park Friends Group Guidebook.

Fairness in park funding called into question in NYC

Billionair John Paulson

Paulson’s $100 Million Park Gift Raises Fairness Question

Bloomberg By Henry Goldman and Martin Z. Braun – Oct 26, 2012

Billionaire John Paulson’s $100 million donation to New York’s Central Park Conservancy threw into relief inequities between parks frequented by the wealthy and those in less affluent neighborhoods.

Paulson said the gift, announced Oct. 23, would enhance the city’s most democratic institution, enjoyed by 40 million visitors a year. The founder of Paulson & Co., a New York-based hedge fund, said he played in the park as a child. Now, at 56, he enjoys a treetop view of its expanse from his residence on Fifth Avenue. Continue reading

Cracking Down on Yoga in the Park

This Week in Atlantic Cities.

In parks and open spaces in cities across the U.S. each morning, it’s easy to fine people stretching and reaching and posing in the blissful serenity of outdoor yoga. But as serene as it may seem, that downward-facing dog pose could be illegal.

Yoga or “boot camp” or any other paid fitness class taking place in a public park is a criminal activity, according to D.C. Council member Tommy Wells. He argues that these classes are making money from participants and are therefore a violation of a city law prohibiting private companies from conducting commercial activity at parks. Continue reading

Parks and an Urban Revolution

Leah Houston takes a break from working on a stone mosaic in a green space on Mabelle Avenue.
(Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)

From this morning’s Globe and Mail.

For nearby residents like Bernd Baldus, Toronto’s Bickford Park offers quiet, scenic relief from the unrelenting din of urban life.

But this spring, the calming scenery was tarnished when graffiti appeared, spray-painted across the rear wall of a neighbouring community centre that borders the park.

It was not the first time it had happened, and a fed-up gang of locals armed themselves and took action. The mob hauled their shovels to the park, ripped up patches of grass, and planted a thick row of trees to block the paint from view. Continue reading

Underpass Park finally opens

Big news today from Waterfront Toronto:

Torontonians can now enjoy phase one of Underpass Park, an extraordinarily original and innovative new waterfront public park.

Underpass Park is the most extensive park to ever be built under an overpass in Canada, and the first of its kind in Toronto. Located in the West Don Lands under and around the Eastern Avenue and Richmond/Adelaide overpasses, the new park has transformed the derelict and underused space into a bright, new, neighbourhood amenity.

Constructed in two phases, the first completed sections of the park are between St. Lawrence Street and Bayview Avenue. Visitors can access the completed portions of the park from River Street, south of King Street.

There will be an official opening ceremony later in the summer. For now, go and enjoy the new park!

Photo via Waterfront Toronto.