I was recently made aware of plans to use the front of Eglinton Park for staging and storage of materials needed for construction of the Avenue Rd LRT station. Metrolinx, a provincial agency, did not consult with my office or the community on these plans and wanted to move ahead with the removal of up to 37 mature trees on July 1st. I had an emergency public meeting on June 21 at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, where over 150 residents came out to voice their opposition and offer alternative solutions to this plan. After this meeting, I immediately formed a working group made up of representatives from the Eglinton Way BIA, local residents associations’ and City of Toronto staff in the hopes of offering viable solutions so that Metrolinx will be deterred from using the park.
The working group met for the first time this week and offered some great alternatives to Metrolinx. City staff are working out the finer details for the option to use portions of the Eglinton Ave W roadway fronting the park, in an effort to preserve the trees and green space in front of the community centre.