Item - 2021.IE25.11

Tracking Status

IE25.11 - Improving Winter Access to Toronto's Parks for 2021-22

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 9, 10 and 12, 2021, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include a submission for consideration by City Council in the 2022 Budget process for budget funding to support expanded winter maintenance and winter washroom access as implemented in 2020-2021, implement the pilot for alternative winter maintenance impacting Environmentally Significant Areas, ravines and bridges, and develop a new winter washroom enhancement program.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to implement the pilot for alternative winter maintenance impacting Environmentally Significant Areas, ravines and bridges for the 2021-2022 winter season, subject to availability of funding through the 2022 Budget process.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 6, 2021) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Improving Winter Access to Toronto's Parks for 2021-22
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-171779.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Janet Lin (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Tracey Macey (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Timothy Miles (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Thomas Appleyard (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Ted Mann (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Tatiana Herman (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Bruce Novakowski (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Dana Snell (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Denis Walsh (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Patrick DeRochie (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Rhoda Potter (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Alexa Sylvestre (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Juanita De Barros (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Gord Mawdsley (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Jeff Harris (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Tamara Bernstein (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Lorraine Barnaby (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Mitchell Kamiel (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Howard Henderson (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Stephanie Smith (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from David Ta (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Judith Logan (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Emerson Howitt (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Gordon Krofchick (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Robert Bernecky, Snake Island Research Inc. (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Kerry Landry (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from James Malekzadeh (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Cindy Wilson (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Andrew Stokes (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Karen Jones (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Marjorie Nichol (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Gary Burrows (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Norwin Anne (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Susan Hammond (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Sara Winnett (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from B. R. Ashley (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Patrick McCluskey (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from John Dubeau (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Bailey Chui (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from John Moore (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Hilary MacKenzie (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Cesar Shiao (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Lyle Resnick (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Alex Korobchevsky (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Ben Singer (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Estelle Berry (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Andre Boudreau (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Bruce Bennett (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Nick Shaw (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Louise Cochrane (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Melvin Mariampillai (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Randall Boyd (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Richard Wu (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from John MacMillan (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Jorge Chavez (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Jundi Abdul Mawla (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Mauricio Arenas (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Jeremy Lundy (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Michael Barry (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Naomi Hazlett (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Susan Watt (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Carole Milon (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Robert Staples (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Ramses Moya (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Phil Trant (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Suzanne Hersh (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Erin Campos (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Catherine Oliver (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Alex Saint (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Krista Maxwell (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Shanaaz Sheriff (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Eric Walberg (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Madison Maguire (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Siusan Moffat (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Paul Lewisca (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Dr. Sharon Zikman (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Doug Pritchard (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Christopher Anderson (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Bruce Gavin Ward (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Jill Langford (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Chantal Cornu (IE.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) E-mail from Catherine Benes (IE.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) E-mail from Rochenda Howard (IE.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) E-mail from Catherine Kosik (IE.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) E-mail from Annette VanLeeuwen (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Marjorie Murray (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Jacqueline Peeters (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Adam Roy Cohoon (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Michael Black, on behalf of the Walk Toronto Steering Committee (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-138111.pdf
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations (FoNTRA) (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-138112.pdf
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Kevin Rupasinghe, Campaigns Manager, Cycle Toronto on behalf of 8 80 Cities, Cycle Toronto, and The Centre for Active Transportation (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-138113.pdf
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Cory Borkhoff (IE.Supp)
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Beth Baskin (IE.New)
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Holly Reid submitting a letter on behalf of herself, Geoff Kettel, Richard Nelson, Najia Zewari, Co-chairs, Cycle Don Valley Midtown (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Dave Harvey, Executive Director, Park People (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-138162.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Steffen Kramer (CC.Main)
(November 26, 2021) E-mail from Anne Fleming (CC.Main)
(November 26, 2021) E-mail from Don Sinclair (CC.Main)
(November 27, 2021) E-mail from Avet Khachatryan (CC.Main)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

IE25.11 - Improving Winter Access to Toronto's Parks for 2021-22

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include a submission for consideration by City Council in the 2022 Budget process for budget funding to support expanded winter maintenance and winter washroom access as implemented in 2020-2021, implement the pilot for alternative winter maintenance impacting Environmentally Significant Areas, ravines and bridges, and develop a new winter washroom enhancement program.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to implement the pilot for alternative winter maintenance impacting Environmentally Significant Areas, ravines and bridges for the 2021-2022 winter season, subject to availability of funding through the 2022 Budget process.

Origin

(October 6, 2021) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Summary

This report responds to recommendations 21 and 22 in EX21.2 - City Council request that the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee by the third quarter of 2021 on the feasibility of expanding snow clearing on park pathways and trails and making more park washrooms operational for the 2021-2022 winter season.

 

In response to Council direction, Parks, Forestry and Recreation increased public access to Toronto's parks last winter by clearing more trails and opening more washrooms. In 2020-2021, an additional 64 kilometres of park pathways and trails were added to snow clearing operations in addition to the typical 270 kilometres, and 143 park washrooms facilities were provided over the usual 64, including portable toilets at 51 locations. To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated increased need for access to outdoor space through the winter months, Parks, Forestry and Recreation also opened a number of other park assets typically closed through winter, including golf courses for snow loop trails.

 

In addition to continuing the expanded trail clearing, winter washroom access and additional portable toilets provided for winter 2020-2021, Parks, Forestry and Recreation proposes further winter access improvements for the 2021-2022 season through three initiatives, including:

 

- Alignment of winter maintenance activities with Transportation Services, which will allow Parks, Forestry and Recreation to expand winter maintenance within the current standards, clear pathways and trails in 40 new park locations and provide enhanced winter maintenance in 35 additional parks.


- A pilot for alternative winter maintenance that could be used in Environmentally Significant Areas, in ravines and on bridges.


- Interim enhancements of up to 5 additional washrooms to allow for their operation through the 2021-2022 winter season. 
 

Parks, Forestry and Recreation also proposes developing a washroom enhancement program, with the aim of identifying opportunities and advancing additional retrofits and new builds for 2022-2023 and future years. The washroom enhancement program will follow a similar process to other capital enhancement programs, with construction following required technical assessments, planning and design for the specific project.

 

To continue, incremental costs and resources will be required on an ongoing basis based on preliminary estimates. Parks, Forestry and Recreation will prepare new and enhanced service proposals, including the washroom enhancement program, through its 2022 Budget submission.

Background Information

(October 6, 2021) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Improving Winter Access to Toronto's Parks for 2021-22
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-171779.pdf

Communications

(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Janet Lin (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Tracey Macey (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Timothy Miles (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Thomas Appleyard (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Ted Mann (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Tatiana Herman (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Bruce Novakowski (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Dana Snell (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Denis Walsh (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Patrick DeRochie (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Rhoda Potter (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Alexa Sylvestre (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Juanita De Barros (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Gord Mawdsley (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Jeff Harris (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Tamara Bernstein (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Lorraine Barnaby (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Mitchell Kamiel (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Howard Henderson (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Stephanie Smith (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from David Ta (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Judith Logan (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Emerson Howitt (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Gordon Krofchick (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Robert Bernecky, Snake Island Research Inc. (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Kerry Landry (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from James Malekzadeh (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Cindy Wilson (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Andrew Stokes (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Karen Jones (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Marjorie Nichol (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Gary Burrows (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Norwin Anne (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Susan Hammond (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Sara Winnett (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from B. R. Ashley (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Patrick McCluskey (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from John Dubeau (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Bailey Chui (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from John Moore (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Hilary MacKenzie (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Cesar Shiao (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Lyle Resnick (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Alex Korobchevsky (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Ben Singer (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Estelle Berry (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Andre Boudreau (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Bruce Bennett (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Nick Shaw (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Louise Cochrane (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Melvin Mariampillai (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Randall Boyd (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Richard Wu (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from John MacMillan (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Jorge Chavez (IE.Supp)
(October 22, 2021) E-mail from Jundi Abdul Mawla (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Mauricio Arenas (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Jeremy Lundy (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Michael Barry (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Naomi Hazlett (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Susan Watt (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Carole Milon (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Robert Staples (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Ramses Moya (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Phil Trant (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Suzanne Hersh (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Erin Campos (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Catherine Oliver (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Alex Saint (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Krista Maxwell (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Shanaaz Sheriff (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Eric Walberg (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Madison Maguire (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Siusan Moffat (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Paul Lewisca (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Dr. Sharon Zikman (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Doug Pritchard (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Christopher Anderson (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Bruce Gavin Ward (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Jill Langford (IE.Supp)
(October 23, 2021) E-mail from Chantal Cornu (IE.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) E-mail from Catherine Benes (IE.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) E-mail from Rochenda Howard (IE.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) E-mail from Catherine Kosik (IE.Supp)
(October 24, 2021) E-mail from Annette VanLeeuwen (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Marjorie Murray (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) E-mail from Jacqueline Peeters (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Adam Roy Cohoon (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Michael Black, on behalf of the Walk Toronto Steering Committee (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-138111.pdf
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations (FoNTRA) (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-138112.pdf
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Kevin Rupasinghe, Campaigns Manager, Cycle Toronto on behalf of 8 80 Cities, Cycle Toronto, and The Centre for Active Transportation (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-138113.pdf
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Cory Borkhoff (IE.Supp)
(October 26, 2021) E-mail from Beth Baskin (IE.New)
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Holly Reid submitting a letter on behalf of herself, Geoff Kettel, Richard Nelson, Najia Zewari, Co-chairs, Cycle Don Valley Midtown (IE.Supp)
(October 25, 2021) Letter from Dave Harvey, Executive Director, Park People (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ie/comm/communicationfile-138162.pdf

Speakers

Adam Roy Cohoon

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council