Get your splash on!

All splash pads opened on Saturday, May 20 and will stay open through Sunday, September 17, 2017. City outdoor swimming pools opened on June 24 on partial schedules and will remain open until September 3, 2017. Wading pools are open Friday, June 30 through Sunday, September 3, 2017. 

See below for a full list of outdoor aquatic facilities and schedules around the city:
Outdoor pools
Wading Pools
Splash pads

Public Meeting for proposed Great West Life Development - May 18, 2017

City Planning is holding a Community Consultation meeting about the application for 35, 41-63 High Park Ave and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Ave. Bring your questions and voice your comments:

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor

The applicant proposes the demolition of two existing blocks of 2 storey rental townhouses (20 units) and the elimination of four 2-bedroom units to facilitate the development of four new apartment buildings, having building heights of 39, 34, 29 and 8 storeys having a combined total of 1,031 new rental units and 1,795m2 of retail floor area. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information here

High Park - Children's Garden Staircase Recommencement - Road Closure

Work is recommencing to reconstruct the dilapidated wooden Children's Garden Staircase in High Park, leading from Colborne Lodge Drive down to Grenadier Pond, into a metal staircase. This will require Colborne Lodge Road to be closed to vehicles from West Road, just south of the Grenadier Restaurant, to the Queensway so the prefabricated metal sections of stairs and landings can be brought on-site and installed with a Crane. The City anticipates that the road will be closed for a period of two weeks (weather permitting), from Tuesday, May 23rd to Friday, June 1st.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the road up to the service pathway to the north and the Children's Garden to the south. The road will however be closed to pedestrians and cyclists at the construction site. They will not be able to traverse directly from West Road to the Queensway on Colborne Lodge Road.

The Children's Garden will be open. Children and teachers will be escorted by Children's Garden Staff to and from the facility. Colborne Lodge will also be open but visitors will not be able to drive directly there using Colborne Lodge Road. Signs will be posed by Park Staff at the High Park entryways, the Colborne Lodge Road closure locations and at the work site.

Public Meeting for proposed Minto Development - May 8, 2017

City Planning is holding a Community Consultation meeting  about the application for 111 Pacific Ave, 255 Glenlake Ave and 66 Oakmount Rd. Bring your questions and voice your comments:

Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor

This proposed development consists of two blocks of 3 storey townhouses, a 33 storey apartment building with attached 3 storey townhouses, a 29 storey apartment building with an 8 storey base, and a new 2 storey amenity pavilion. Combined, the new buildings would contain 768 rental units. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report here

Cherry Blossom Watch

It seems the extreme swings in temperature have put our beloved cherry blossoms on different timetables this year.

Some areas closer to the Grenadier pond and by the sport fields florets are now on stage 4, becoming visible and staring to extend and elongate.  Full bloom could take place anywhere from 6 to 10 days, other areas within the park florets are at an earlier stage, however we will have to see how the warmer weather this week progresses the bud development. An extended warm spell could synchronize all of the trees into quickly blooming together.

Ultimately, Parks and Forestry is still thinking April 25th - April 28th is a good bet for peak bloom.

Plan your visit: parking is limited. Parks Staff recommend biking, walking or taking the TTC if possible.

Prescribed burns at High Park and Lambton Park - Tuesday, April 18th

Urban Forestry are conducting the prescribed burns in High Park and Lambton Park on Tuesday April 18th.  Ignition will begin in Lambton Park at 12:00pm, and burning is expected to last until 1:30pm. Ignition at High Park will follow at approximately 2:00pm

There may be periods of reduced visibility in the local communities surrounding both parks due to smoke. Access to trails and pathways adjacent to burn sites will be temporarily blocked as required to maintain public safety. Residents with asthma or sensitivity to smoke are advised to close windows and refrain from entering the parks during the burn.

Roof Rehab at High Park Station - Mid-April to July 2017

TTC will be conducting roof repairs at High Park Station starting in April. They plan to work on both roofs at High Park Station – the main station as well as the Parkview Gardens entrance/exit. The main station is planned for April to July, while the Parkview Gardens entrance is planned to start in July.

While the majority of work will be conducted during the day, there will be times at the beginning and end of the project when workers are required to work overnight when installing/removing guard rails on the roofs edge with hand tools – this is for safety of both workers and customers. Noise will be kept minimal as best as possible.

TTC Update Notice - The Queensway Track Project

Preliminary work on The Queensway has been underway in preparation for the track project this year between the Humber Loop to the west and Claude Ave to the east.

An updated Construction Notice related to TTC’s work on The Queensway Track Project between Claude Avenue and South Kingsway is being circulated. The City is presently undertaking work to the Humber Bridge and will include new track replacement as well.

The following links are to notices that are on the TTC web related to this Infrastructure Improvements along the west end of the Queen streetcar line west of Roncesvalles Avenue in 2017:

Watermain Cleaning and Relining on Gooch Ave from Dundas St W to Skylark Rd

Toronto Water will be cleaning and structurally re-lining the watermain along Gooch, from Dundas St W to Skylark Rd, starting in the month of March until December 2017. During this process, the City will also replace the City-owned portion of any substandard water service pipes. 

The notice will be delivered to the impacted residents in advance of the construction. As part of this project is to upgrade substandard water services within the City Right of Way, fact sheets on Lead in Drinking Water will also be delivered together with the Construction Notices.

Surrounding impacts could include delays and increased local traffic, disruptions to permit parking, and temporary water disruptions. For water disruptions, residents who are affected by the shut-off will receive at least 24-hours notice.