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Wading Pools open in the city on Thursday, June 30

and run until, Sunday, September 4, 2016 (schedules may vary)

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High Park devoid of new artwork while one of it’s historical legacy works is now resident in Corktown Commons.

Shoes by Mark di Suvero is now sat in river side of the park, where once it was created and sat in High Park.  High Park needs another really positional art program. This is often spoken about by many artists and groups. However the feeding though of the section 37 device were developers contribute to public art in a ratio to the size of their development, severely limits what many artists can do, or act with. (1)
Mark di Suvero  is one the greatest abstract expressionist sculptors. His work in High Park, which is not different from his other works of the same period, came to define public art in Toronto Parks. 

When Shoes and Flower Power were removed from High Park the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area reported it on their site with this opening paragraph.

Two sculptures by internationally-renowned artist Mark di Suvero have been permanently removed from High Park. The sculptures,”Flower Power” (above) and “No Shoes,” were created in the 1960s and are considered important works in the abstract expressionist style. According to Clara Hargittay, with Toronto’s Culture Division, “Flower Power” is likely the most valuable work of public art in Toronto’s collection. Full article here

(1) Full disclosure, the author of this blog has received funding and renuneration from Goverment and development art funding projects. 

   
 

Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond

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Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond
Confidential Attachment – The receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege
Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to implement an Ice Monitoring Program that would provide testing of ice thickness and quality by an ice engineer and surveyor, within a designated area on Grenadier Pond, and necessary signage and a flagging system to inform the public of the risks associated with activities on frozen bodies of water, as outlined in “Option 2 – Ice Monitoring Program” in the report (November 3, 2015) from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager, Toronto Water.

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include a new and enhanced funding request for $50,000 in the 2016 Recommended Operating Budget submission for Parks, Forestry and Recreation to fund the implementation of the Ice Monitoring Program.

3. City Council waive its client privilege respecting the confidentiality of Confidential Attachment 1 of the report (October 30, 2015) from the City Solicitor (Item PE8.7a) and direct that Confidential Attachment 1 be made public immediately after City Council has made its decision on this item.
Decision Advice and Other Information
The Parks and Environment Committee recessed its public session and met in closed session to consider confidential information on this item as it relates to the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.
Origin
(November 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager, Toronto Water
Summary
The Parks and Environment Committee, at its meeting on September 18, 2015, referred PE5.1 Skating on Grenadier Pond to the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation with the request to consult with the General Manager, Toronto Water and report to the Parks and Environment Committee meeting on a less expensive method of providing public access to the ice at Grenadier Pond which includes the following critical elements:

a. ensuring the ice is of a safe thickness and density;

b. creating new signage and flagging to communicate when the ice is safe for public use; and

c. designating an area for both use and entrance onto the ice which does not impact the environmentally sensitive areas of the pond,

so that the program can be implemented in time for the 2015/2016 winter season.

This report outlines two options which would allow the public to have access to Grenadier Pond for winter activities.
Background Information
(November 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager, Toronto Water on Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-85531.pdf)
Speakers
Miroslav Glavic

Motions
1 – Motion to Meet in Closed Session moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)
11:23 a.m. – That the Parks and Environment Committee recess its public session to meet in closed session to consider this item as it relates to the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

2 – Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Sarah Doucette (Carried)
That Recommendation 1 in the staff report be deleted and replaced with the following:

“1. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to implement an Ice Monitoring Program that would provide testing of ice thickness and quality by an ice engineer and surveyor, within a designated area on Grenadier Pond, and necessary signage and a flagging system to inform the public of the risks associated with activities on frozen bodies of water, as outlined in “Option 2 – Ice Monitoring Program” in the report (November 3, 2015) from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager, Toronto Water.

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include a new and enhanced funding request for $50,000 in the 2016 Recommended Operating Budget submission for Parks, Forestry and Recreation to fund the implementation of the Ice Monitoring Program.”

3 – Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)
That City Council waive its client privilege respecting the confidentiality of Confidential Attachment 1 of the report (October 30, 2015) from the City Solicitor (Item PE8.7a), and direct that Confidential Attachment 1 be made public immediately after City Council has made its decision on this item.

4 – Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

7a Supplemental Report – Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond (Legal Risks)
Confidential Attachment – The receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege
Origin
(October 30, 2015) Report from the City Solicitor
Summary
This report provides legal advice with respect to the legal risks of providing public access to the ice on Grenadier Pond. This report should be considered with the report from the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager of Toronto Water.
Background Information
(October 30, 2015) Report from the City Solicitor on Supplemental Report – Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond (Legal Risks)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-85474.pdf)
Confidential Attachment 1 – Confidential Information on Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond (Legal Risks)

West Toronto planned to allow sewage to enter Grenadier Pond in 1891

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Good quality 1890 drawing of railways running though the Junction

C.P.R,.—Ontario and Quebec Division.
Credit Valley Division.
Grrey and Bruce Division.
G.T.R,—Western Division.
Northern Division.

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Saturday the 12th open house at the High Park Zoo Llama pen.

 

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Reversing the long, slow decline in funding for TO parks

Image – Carlton Park –  Toronto April 29th 1913

Text from the http://www.parkpeople.ca newsletter

Let City Council know that parks are important to you and that a gradual, slow decline in city support for our parks is not good for your park and community. You can depute to the City’s budget committee, send in your comments or write your local city councillor. Find out how here. Toronto City Council will discuss and vote on the budget at the Council meeting on January 15-17, 2013.

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TORONTO’S GEOLOGY (including history, biota and High Park article – for at highparknature.org

The current issue of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society newsletter alerted the blog to a great download of a booklet by Frank Remiz

“NEW – TORONTO’S GEOLOGY (including history, biota and High Park

An 8-page booklet by Frank Remiz (2012). This easy-to-read chronological account includes a discussion of the area’s ancient landmasses and animal life, the park’s preglacial water and postglacial soils, and the creation of the park’s habitats and ponds.” text www.highparknature.org

It can be viewed here (pdf).

High Park Colborne Lodge Coach House – Colborne Lodge Consultation

all text from  Colborne Lodge Coach House

City of Toronto Museum Services and Councillor Sarah Doucette
(Ward 13) invite you to participate in a community
meeting about new strategic directions for Colborne Lodge.
Colborne Lodge will be commemorating its 175th anniversary this fall.
It has been a community museum since 1927.

Join other stakeholders,
community representatives and supporters within the High Park
community in a discussion about future programming and partnerships.
Thursday June 14, 2012 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Colborne Lodge Coach House
11 Colborne Lodge Drive (at the south end of High Park)
On-site parking at Colborne Lodge is limited.

Additional parking lots are
located at the Grenadier Restaurant, at the southeast corner of the park
and the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard.
RSVP clodge@toronto.ca
416-392-6916
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Midsummer Night’s Dream (1967 HIgh Park Toronto) Wessel Couzijn images

 

 

Pictured here is the completed work  Midsummer Night’s Dream – by Wessel Couzijn the artist who in the late 60’s produced the sculptures in the NW quad of High Park – near the nature school.

 

Following the completed work image are a few images taken during the construction of the work,

image source - Outdoor Art in Toronto website click image to visit

 

Click on any of the gallery images to see original full size image

 


Motoring traffic at High Park Zoo – Historic Images

 

More noise needs to made about the possible closure of the zoo out side of the near by wards. In hopes of  providing a little emotional attachment the blog went searching for some  interesting images of the people enjoying the zoo.

 

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Title: The High Park Zoo is a favourite stopping place for motor parties, especially if there are any kiddies along. The roadway any afternoon is lined with high class cars as well as tin lizzies.
Date: [1919]
Link to record

 

Wonderful park furniture

 

…really there are no words need to describe how perfect this work is , the piece becomes  a self contained shelter and community place in this setting.

 

Constructed from thick folded steel drawn, shaped and fabricated with painstaking accuracy, this bold red structure is an enigmatic resting and conversation point - Design: sixteen*(makers) at The Bartlett UCL

High Park Zoo its possible loss not causing any uproar?

 

A quick Google search results in a multitude of save Riverdale farm efforts, while a save High Park Zoo results in a Inside Toronto article and a Facebook page (great effort with around 1400 friends).

It is surprising with the new baby boom in the area over the past few years, more parents in the area would not be protesting the potential closing of the zoo.  Typically, on the weekend it is a “zoo” there with all of the families and tourists visiting the resident animals.  Is the community just unaware of the threatened closure or are people ready to see the High Park Zoo go?

a few images from the park zoo today…

 

 

 

Peggy Nash for a Canada Day BBQ in High Park from 12-2 on Friday July 1st

…from the Parkdale High-Park Member of Parliaments office

Join Parkdale High-Park Member of Parliament Peggy Nash for a Canada Day
BBQ in High Park from 12-2 on Friday July 1st.

There will be performances, community information tables and activities for all ages.
We will be located in the north end of the park, in Picnic Area 1 near the
Bloor Street entrance, close to High Park subway.