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Keeping Our Neighbourhood GREEN

SERRA has actively participated in 4 meetings and workshops this fall which will give direction to the preservation and formation of parks and green space in Davisville Village, an area of the city under great development stress.

Parks and Public Realm Update

In November Paul Farish, a Senior Planner of Strategic Initiatives Policy and Analysis with the City of Toronto, organized a well-attended workshop on green infrastructure. Mr. Farish leads Toronto’s Midtown in Focus Plan, which aims to improve parks and public spaces. The Yonge-Davisville neighbourhood is the latest to be singled out, and through Mr. Farish the City of Toronto is seeking public input into the future of the area’s parks and public spaces. 
 
In planning for this event SERRA had mapped out a potential route on side streets and lanes which would allow pedestrians and cyclists to move from the Yonge-Eglinton area to the beltline and Mt. Pleasant Cemetery without having to use major roadways. We would like to see the city respond to and develop this route, which would offer a quiet oasis and passageway in Davisville. With the planned arrival of 35,000 new residents in our area over the next 15 years, green spaces and parks will become ever more precious.

Two New Parks Coming to the SERRA Area:

Councillor Josh Matlow held a meeting in December to get local feedback on two new parks on Manor Road. These parks are close together and fairly small. About 40 people attended this meeting, including City staff. There was a quickly achieved consensus that one park should attract children, though perhaps not with the conventional play equipment, while the second park should offer a more contemplative, peaceful focus to attract adults and seniors. City staff will consult with experts on park planning and return to the community with suggestions. 

LEAF Initiatives

SERRA members have also attended two workshops held by a non-profit group called LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests).The first addressed the City Forestry Department’s plan to protect and increase the city’s tree canopy over the next decades. Local citizens’ ability to respond to the illegal removal of large trees from their neighbourhoods and ways in which they can shield and care for newly planted city trees were discussed.
 
The second workshop demonstrated LEAF’s achievements in two areas of the city where cutting edge planting of street trees has occurred. Through grates in the sidewalk, rainwater will reach roots protected in a special planting enclosure. As well, tall surrounding metal fences will prevent new trees from being scarred by bicycles attached to them.
 
Happily, this method of ensuring the healthy growth of city trees is being adopted by some local BIAs as they plan their street refurbishments. SERRA members are encouraged to work with local businesses to make sure new street trees are adequately watered during dry months.
 
SERRA is committed to the green infrastructure of Davisville so that we, our children and grandchildren will continue to live in ‘the city in a garden’.  

Mark your calendars! Important community consultation on January 20, 2021.

The hugely busy Davisville area is seeing another development proposal, this time at 185 Balliol. Come to a virtual community consultation on January 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more.     185 Balliol Public Notice (002)

Davisville Village Planning – Town Hall Meeting

HOSTED BY COUNCILLOR MATLOW (Tuesday, Dec 8 at 6:30 pm)   Please find below an invite from City Councillor Matlow to all residents in the Davisville apartment neighbourhood and the immediate adjacent area to attend an important DAVISVILLE VILLAGE PLANNING meeting. In addition to our Councillor and his staff, various City Planning groups will attend (Community Planning, Parks). City Transportation Services staff, who can answer questions about future construction will be there as will SERRA. … Read more

November 2020 Newsletter

  Read about what is happening in our neighbourhood in our latest newsletter.   Please click here: November 2020 Newsletter  

Virtual Town Hall 2020 – Invitation to Non-Members

If you are not a current member of SERRA, we would ask you to pre-register for the Town Hall at the following link. When: Nov 19, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: SERRA AGM/Town Hall Virtual Meeting Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_caSK-6VcSomoxS3inZcv_A If you are unable to pre-register, you may join the Town Hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. Here is the link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82387651823 Questions related to … Read more