Moving toward the District Plan: William Baker Neighbourhood
The Park's invite to Open House #2
The Park's anticipated timeline for creation of this 3550 condo community*
* as approved by 2011 Downsview Secondary Plan
Results of Open House #1 HERE (10 pages)
WHAT DOES A DISTRICT PLAN DO ?
"The District Plan is where streets and blocks are laid out with detailed information on land use, built form, massing and treatment of the public realm. It is also where a Public Art Strategy, Community Services and Facilities Strategy and Affordable Housing Strategy are refined ... The District Plan is also important in setting out a Phasing Plan for the growth of the District."
Overview of Allen District Plan, 2018
POSITION OF DLCVA: To avoid the mistakes made in the nearly-finished Stanley Greene District
(i.e. where cars and people have their place, but community gets ignored)
The Wilson Village BIA (Business Improvement Area)
A BIA (a specifically Toronto invention) allows a specific business district to receive and spend a portion of its taxes on promoting business in its community
Streetscape master plan for upgrading Wilson Avenue
- From Keele St to Allen Road (no longer an expressway)
- Streetscaping and public space enhancement
- Some public art and murals
- More information HERE
Speaking of upgrades, The Enchanted Poutinerie just opened its doors at 730 Wilson Avenue (on north side near Dufferin).
Some particulars HERE
So nice to see new artisanal shops coming to the neighbourhood
WHAT THE CITY SAYS ABOUT DOG OFF-LEASH AREAS IN CITY PARKS:
NOTE: As Downsview Park is a federal park, in due course will set out its own rules and regulations
- They are an enclosed area for dogs to socialize and run free
- They are specifically designed to allow for continuous proper drainage
- They must be near parking spaces but not too near residential dwellings
- All organic waste is to be deposited in (on site) green bins
- Dogs are to remain leashed in other areas of parks or the dog owner/ walker will be subject to a fine of $365.
Library update: Due to the discovery of asbestos, remedial work on the Downsview Library will be extended into the new year. The asbestos is to be covered over.
The library afterschool Youth Hub Program has been relocated across the street to the lower level of Keele St United Church.
This city program is still being run by librarians with security and wi-fi connectivity provided by the library
Although the church facility is well appointed and has its own kitchen, it only attracts about half the students as before (now 20-30, instead of 40-60)
With a couple of large TV screems and non-stop music, it is clear the program is more about a secure place to meet and hang out than a place to do homework
Sandhill Cranes 12 November 2019 (R Walsh)
"There was a massive flight of Sandhill Cranes throughout southern Ontario on the 12th. The mass movement was triggered by the cold snap and unseasonal snowfall so they had to move ASAP. Between the park and my house I had an exact count of 820 birds! This is something I've wanted to see for a while now in the Downsview area..."