LPRO is active in many park initiatives in and around our area, some of which are described below. Although we have some lovely parks and a bit of green space, the City has identified Lytton Park, Yonge & Eglinton, and many North Toronto areas as park deficient relative to other areas of the City. LPRO advocates for park expansion, additional parks, and securing parkland when developments are proposed.
Board members of LPRO have been heavily involved with the Eglinton Park Master Plan over the past three years. Creation of a new plan for the park was part of the Midtown in Focus study to address the need to update this sizable green space due to the increased community use. Currently redevelopment plans are ‘on-hold’ due to the pandemic with the exception of some much needed improvements to the north-south path on the east side of the park. We will continue to monitor and report on developments as they occur.
Our Councilor Mike Colle, The Hon. David Crombie and former Canadian Olympian Bruce Kidd (author of Tom Longboat) have proposed that Eglinton Park be renamed in honour of local resident and long-distance runner Tom Longboat. Public consultation was scheduled to begin in 2020 but due to the pandemic that initiative is on hold.
LPRO is the ‘eyes and ears’ in the community, identifying park signs that are in need of repair and following up with Toronto Parks, Forestry and
Recreation to make sure they are aware of the need for repair or replacement. Thanks to LPRO’s efforts signs at Lytton Park and at Chatsworth Ravine were replaced in 2019.
If you notice signage that needs the City’s attention, please let us know by emailing email@example.com
New Park at Castlefield and Duplex Avenues
When the development application was submitted for the Capitol Theatre site, the developer attempted to purchase the land currently occupied by the Green P Parking Lot in order to extend the development to Duplex. LPRO was a strong voice in opposition to several aspects of the application, including advocating for green space on the parking lot site.
We are pleased to report that the sale of the parking lot to the developer did not proceed, and that a portion of the parking lot land will be dedicated to a new park for our neighbourhood!