Thursday, 30 August 2012

A Meeting of Park Minds

Friends of Earlscourt Park held our first official meeting with Ward 17 City Coucillor Cesar Palacio on August 23. In addition to his willingness to facilitate projects to better the park, and offering his support as a liaison with the City where needed, he has made us aware of a series of initiatives that affect Earlscourt Park.  

Meeting highlights:

General Maintenance issues in the Park. Maintenance issues should be reported by calling 3-1-1. Concerns may also be directed to Cesar's office (; he will follow up and ensure that the issues are being dealt with in a timely manner.

Capital Improvements. Several structures at Earlscourt Park are slated for refurbishment/repair/renovation under the City's capital expense budget over the next decade. Stay tuned for more details.

Upcoming Community Meeting: Cesar's office will be coordinating a meeting in the coming weeks to solicit community feedback for the proposed ramp up from Davenport to replace the existing stairs which are badly in need of repairs. Please read more about this here.

Green Initiatives: Cesar's office will hold a community consultation meeting in the future to duscuss greening the Park. Date TBD.

Band Shell and surrounding area: This structure exists because of community fundraising, and Cesar continues to work with local labour unions and BIAs to continue fundraising to bring this area to completion.

Beautification: Friends of Earlscourt Park has identified a series of smaller initiatives relating to park beautification, such as planting of perennials and painting the wading pool. Councillor Palacio agrees that projects such as these can make a big difference and offers his support to help prioritize and facilitate these projects.

We are thrilled with Councillor Palacio's commitment to working with our group!