Notes from the Police/Parks/Permits Mtg

Thanks to Sian and Carolyn for these notes from the Thursday, April 3, 2014 meeting.

It was an interesting meeting that helped to clarify a few things and offered opportunities for enhancing park enjoyment!

The 'panel' in attendance included:

  • From Police Services - 
    • John Hogan of 14 division who introduces the bicycle team that monitors TBP and an area from Queen to College and from Dufferin to Bathurst
      • Shane Malley
      • Brian Bell
      • James Fairclough
      • Mike Muir
  • Peter White, General Supervisor, Parks Toronto & East York District
  • Elvie (last name unknown) and Nellie Raposo DeMers, Permit Officer, Parks, Forestry & Rec
  • Troy Ford from Parks Ambassadors. 416-771-3042 (cell phone for more immediate action)

From the police:

  • They are interested and care about the park and what goes on around and in it.
  • We are reminded that the ticket for drinking in the park is $360  
  • We were also reminded that the fine for an off leash dog is $365 plus a possible additional charge from Animal Services by laws of $100.
  • The police are focussed more on the drinking side of things and also some off leash dog issues.
  • They also expressed an interest in policing cyclists particularly on Gore Vale.
  • they encourage calling 911 for criminal activity

From Peter White:

  • interested in keeping alcohol consumption in check
  • off leash dogs
  • by law enforcement
  • for problems call 311

From the permit team:

  • interested in knowing that permit holders have 'behaved', ie:
    • maintained appropriate noise levels
    • clean up after themselves
    • behaved per the conditions on the permit
    • If there are any problems to call 311.
  • importantly Nellie lives in the area and understands many of the issues from the special permits she actually issues.  She will also be visiting events to have an excellent understanding of the issues.

From Troy Ford - Parks Ambassador

  • focusses on homeless people and convincing them to accept housing
  • he also educated people and educating them on consequences i.e. fines
  • he performs park safety audits including lighting, paths etc...
  • he encourages calling 311

A couple of key takeaways:

  • for any issues in the park call 311 so that it gets logged officially.  Then call a more specific group if you know who to contact directly to get immediate action if its required.  Even if we know Brian Green (TBP Park Supervisor) is the one to fix it - call 311.  This will hopefully result in greater support for the park.
  • the idea is to educate people about fines etc.  Many people don't realize you can't drink in TBP because twitter says you can!  And most don't realize the off leash fine is as significant as it is.
  • a request to post a sign of a beer with a line though it in the park was frowned upon because those who want to drink will go elsewhere where no signs are posted.  The by law still applies.
  • the police have information on Bicycle safety and Pedestrian Safety that we can incorporate on our website and on fb.  They are developing a how to use city parks.  When available we can incorporate it in a newsletter and other social media.
  • the police have a resource that is completely dedicated to tweeting and fb.  They are interested in co-operative posting and tweeting.
  • One of the parks is going to be fully closed this summer and it's expected that we will have a bigger transient population sleeping in the park this summer.
  • we have indicated that we would be interested in a Park Safety Audit as it will help to put TBP's needs like path resurfacing etc higher on the priority list.  Troy Ford will conduct the audit on a Thursday evening.  He finds the evening is the best time to really 'see' the hazard.  thursday is apparently the night that most homeless folk head to the parks with alcohol in hand because they get money on Thursday's.
  • Generally there are not enough City staff to provide the support for the area of responsibility they have.  So please use 311.
  • Please use 311 --  and then one of our key contacts!

 

City Parks Permit Dept request your input

UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 11, 2014

Toronto's parks are often lively places, filled with people who make use of the wide range of space for various activities and events. As Toronto's population increases, so does the demand on our park space

Parks, Forestry and Recreation is doing a review of the park permit process that will examine the process for obtaining permits in parks, and the costs of permits and insurance. Information from the survey and public meeting will be included in a spring 2014 report to the Parks and Environment Committee.

ONLINE SURVEY: Before April 4
Everyone is invited to provide them some feedback by taking their on-line survey before April 11, 2014.

PUBLIC MEETING: March 24
The city is also hosting a public meeting on the subject on March 24th at 6:30pm at Metro Hall.

 

Police Community Response Unit Meeting - April 3rd

The Police Community Response Unit (the bike guys) are hosting a public meeting at the Rec Centre on April 03rd 2014 at 7PM.

They will have various representatives ranging from Police, bylaw enforcement, permits, parking etc. to discuss the issues of the park and how to make it a better place for all.

Per Constable Muir, "Above all, the Police role in this meeting is to facilitate an open discussion and to educate, rather than enforce laws."

We'll post more details when we get them.

Start your seedlings in the Community Greenhouse or just volunteer

 Are you interested in starting your summer plants in the greenhouse this year?

The park's community Greenhouse is run by its volunteer users.  Sign up and get a shelf to grow your seedlings and share the work of watering and maintaining the soil mix.  Your fellow volunteers can help you learn the basics of greenhouse use, seedling care and watering. 

Are you interested in volunteering to water community seedlings?

At the Trinity Bellwoods Green House, we need people to volunteer to water community seedlings. This requires a minimum time commitment of one hour per week.  You can request an AM or PM time slot on a weekday or weekend.  We will train you in proper seedling care.  Main seedling season startng March 15th.

If you want to get involved -- as a volunteer or to plant and nurture your own seedlings, please contact our Green House Coordinator, Elizabeth.  Happy planting!

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Be a Homegrown Park Ranger 2014!

 Homegrown Nat. Pk Ranger

Do you want to make awesome things happen in your neighbourhood this year? 
 
The David Suzuki Foundation is looking to recruit two-dozen residents that live, work or play along the former path of Garrison Creek to become Homegrown Park Rangers. 
 
The volunteer Park Rangers will work alongside dozens of partner organizations and community groups to spur the planting of thousands of bee and butterfly-friendly flowers and shrubs and dozens of fun interventions as part of the Homegrown National Park project (http://ow.ly/sTgHa) in 2014.
 
Last year, our first team of Homegrown Park Rangers completed more than a dozen projects, from creating a schoolyard butterfly garden and network of canoe gardens to 'park-ifying' a residential street and organizing a big outdoor culinary musical event. 
 
If you are keen to make awesome things happen and help out the birds, bees and butterflies in your community this year, you should consider applying. As a newly minted Homegrown Park Ranger, you'll be part of a dynamic team committed to transforming the city of Toronto, one green intervention at a time.
 
You can apply as an individual, but we also welcome two-person applications. Consider recruiting a friend from your neighbourhood, school or workplace. Park Rangers will be selected through a competitive process. Applications will be considered as they are received so apply early!
 
2014 Homegrown Park Ranger application deadline: February 10, 2014
 
For more information, please visit http://ow.ly/sTgHa or email Jode Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

 

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