Davisville Village Greenways / Connected Pathways

By Rosemary Corbett

Have you ever felt like you were breathing in toxic fumes when walking along Yonge, Mt Pleasant or Bayview or cramped when trying to get past all the sidewalk restaurant patios? Or perhapse you’ve found the long east-west blocks cumbersome when you only need to go north or south a few blocks? How do you feel about your children getting safely to and from school? These are some of the questions we kept in mind when we participated in the recent Midtown in Focus consultation sessions.

The Midtown in Focus study is a detailed document which will be used as a guideline by the City Planning Group to help shape the growth of the Yonge-Eglinton apartment and mixed use areas. It will result in updates to the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan and include important information about required infrastructure, parks and public realm, water, transportation, community services and facilities.

Related to our green initiatives, our special interest is in ensuring that Pedestrian Networks are created in these high growth areas of the MIF plan. The plan includes some pathways between developments which will allow long blocks to be more pedestrian friendly, by providing shortcuts and connect blocks. In addition to these connected pathways, we have also identified a number of hidden, north/south “greenways”, or informal neighbourhood passage ways to get you from Eglinton to the Beltline or the Cemetery. We would also like to see easy access to a pedestrian “loop” via the Beltline Bridge over Yonge to Oriole Park.

We believe it would benefit residents if these pathways were formally recognized with signage and proper lighting (maybe even snow cleared). Formalizing these pathways and making them safer, will help residents get easy access to frequent travel destinations; either to carry out their day’s business or to seek recreation activities, while avoiding busy thoroughfares.

Below ia a map of the SERRA Pedestrian (Network) Walkways, created by Terry Mills (Arris Strategy Studio). This illustrates the pathways or ‘Davisville Village Pedestrian Network’.

We have had several meaningful discussions about these pathways with the city planners (MIF) and are also looking for your feedback. What do you think about these pathways / pedestrian walkway ideas? Would you use them more if they were formalized? How would you like them to be maintained? Do you have any other ideas to share? Email us at serra@southeglinton.ca with your comments and input.

Many thanks to the MIF planning group for all of their hard work in creating this plan. We appreciate the MIF document’s scope, comprehensive nature and attention to maintaining and improving the parks and open spaces in the area. Our greenspace is worth protecting and enhancing, so that the residents of today and future generations living in Davisville Village will benefit for years to come.

Aerial spraying against Gypsy Moth May 26 & 27, 2019

Read about  the areal spraying treatment program in this article from the South Bayview Bulldog. The City of Toronto has identified certain areas of the city where mature oak trees have been negatively impacted by the Gypsy Moth. As a result, there will be areal spraying against the Gypsy Moth in specific areas within wards 15, 12, 11, 4, 3, 2, and 1. The first round of aerial spraying will take place Sunday, May 26, … Read more Aerial spraying against Gypsy Moth May 26 & 27, 2019

City of Toronto Community Environment Days – 2019

  For more information about these and other Community Environment Day events click here to go the City of Toronto website. Community Environment Day on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at Leaside Community Gardens, 1073 Millwood Road.     Community Environment Day on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 4 – 8 p.m. at North Toronto Memorial Arena, 174 Orchard View Blvd. (In the parking lot.)  

Get your free trees or shrubs – at our next Tree for Me event – Saturday October 13, 2018

Once again, SERRA will be hosting a Tree for Me event. Date: Saturday October 13, 2018 Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: The Church of the Transfiguration, 111 Manor Road East, Toronto. Please visit the Tree for Me website for information about the species that are available, take the quiz to determine the best trees or shrubs for your property and get ready to register for our event in October. Registration will close on … Read more Get your free trees or shrubs – at our next Tree for Me event – Saturday October 13, 2018

Consultation regarding how to reduce single-use and takeaway items – October 2, 2018

The City of Toronto is undertaking consultation to help inform future decisions regarding reducing single-use and takeaway items. You are invited to learn more about this topic, ask questions and share feedback at in-person event, via live-webcast, webinar, or through an online survey. Please circulate and share this information with your networks. IN-PERSON EVENT + WEBCAST Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Open house 6 – 7pm Presentation & questions 7 – 8:30pm BMO Conference Centre & … Read more Consultation regarding how to reduce single-use and takeaway items – October 2, 2018