Info meeting on future Guild Park plans set for Laurier Collegiate

News Apr 16, 2014 Scarborough Mirror

Residents are invited to plan for the future of Guild Park this month at a time when the park’s fortunes could take a sharp turn for the better.

Falling revenues shuttered its centrepiece, the Guild Inn, in 2001, and despite supporters’ efforts, the park and former arts colony by the Scarborough Bluffs has been largely in a state of decay since.

Weeks of tree-cutting over the winter, brought on by ice storm damage and the emerald ash borer, have only added to grief over the state of the park.

In early April, however, Toronto council approved a deal in principle which would see a private company restore the original Guild Inn structure, known as the Bickford Residence, and run a restaurant and banquet hall there.

As a deal is signed, the City of Toronto is expected to start building other cultural and horticultural projects, worth millions, in the park.

Besides promising to replant many of its devastated areas this spring, the city is also building a Guild Park and Gardens Management Plan which will cover the care of forests, gardens, trails and cultural artifacts.

The first public workshop on the plan is Tuesday April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate on Guildwood Parkway.

A volunteer group, Friends of the Guild Park and Gardens, has called for “whole park” plan for the Guild and welcomed the chance for more resident involvement there.

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie will also update meeting attendees on negotiations for the Guild Inn proposal, which he has said, “will have four separate event spaces, with the capability to be combined as one space for larger events, (and) a restaurant with an adjoining patio.”

Info meeting on future Guild Park plans set for Laurier Collegiate

City council approves deal in principle with Dynamic Group to restore Bickford Residence

News Apr 16, 2014 Scarborough Mirror

Residents are invited to plan for the future of Guild Park this month at a time when the park’s fortunes could take a sharp turn for the better.

Falling revenues shuttered its centrepiece, the Guild Inn, in 2001, and despite supporters’ efforts, the park and former arts colony by the Scarborough Bluffs has been largely in a state of decay since.

Weeks of tree-cutting over the winter, brought on by ice storm damage and the emerald ash borer, have only added to grief over the state of the park.

In early April, however, Toronto council approved a deal in principle which would see a private company restore the original Guild Inn structure, known as the Bickford Residence, and run a restaurant and banquet hall there.

As a deal is signed, the City of Toronto is expected to start building other cultural and horticultural projects, worth millions, in the park.

Besides promising to replant many of its devastated areas this spring, the city is also building a Guild Park and Gardens Management Plan which will cover the care of forests, gardens, trails and cultural artifacts.

The first public workshop on the plan is Tuesday April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate on Guildwood Parkway.

A volunteer group, Friends of the Guild Park and Gardens, has called for “whole park” plan for the Guild and welcomed the chance for more resident involvement there.

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie will also update meeting attendees on negotiations for the Guild Inn proposal, which he has said, “will have four separate event spaces, with the capability to be combined as one space for larger events, (and) a restaurant with an adjoining patio.”

Info meeting on future Guild Park plans set for Laurier Collegiate

City council approves deal in principle with Dynamic Group to restore Bickford Residence

News Apr 16, 2014 Scarborough Mirror

Residents are invited to plan for the future of Guild Park this month at a time when the park’s fortunes could take a sharp turn for the better.

Falling revenues shuttered its centrepiece, the Guild Inn, in 2001, and despite supporters’ efforts, the park and former arts colony by the Scarborough Bluffs has been largely in a state of decay since.

Weeks of tree-cutting over the winter, brought on by ice storm damage and the emerald ash borer, have only added to grief over the state of the park.

In early April, however, Toronto council approved a deal in principle which would see a private company restore the original Guild Inn structure, known as the Bickford Residence, and run a restaurant and banquet hall there.

As a deal is signed, the City of Toronto is expected to start building other cultural and horticultural projects, worth millions, in the park.

Besides promising to replant many of its devastated areas this spring, the city is also building a Guild Park and Gardens Management Plan which will cover the care of forests, gardens, trails and cultural artifacts.

The first public workshop on the plan is Tuesday April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate on Guildwood Parkway.

A volunteer group, Friends of the Guild Park and Gardens, has called for “whole park” plan for the Guild and welcomed the chance for more resident involvement there.

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie will also update meeting attendees on negotiations for the Guild Inn proposal, which he has said, “will have four separate event spaces, with the capability to be combined as one space for larger events, (and) a restaurant with an adjoining patio.”