Toronto's Rail Deck Park secondary plan coming to community council

News Nov 13, 2017 by David Nickle City Centre Mirror

Rail Deck Park —  a planned new downtown park to be built on a platform atop the rail corridor west of Blue Jays Way — will be in front of the Toronto and East York Community Council on Nov. 14, as councillors grapple with a secondary plan that will designate the site for parkland.

Mayor John Tory and city officials announced the 21-acre park more than a year ago, as a way to provide open space for the growing population of condominium dwellers in Toronto’s downtown core. It would stretch between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way.

It is still unclear exactly how much the park would cost to make, but at the time, former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat noted that it would likely be less than the cost of acquiring a similar block of land within the built-up confines of the downtown core.

In the report going to community council, staff note “the site represents one of the only remaining opportunities that can realistically accommodate a major park and open space required to serve the downtown, comparatively unencumbered by development.”

The secondary plan for the area doesn’t make it any clearer what it will cost to develop that site, but if approved by council, it will set a legal framework for developing the site.

It will first designate the site as open space, so that absent a successful appeal by the Ontario Municipal Board, it won’t be able to be built up with any other form. It will provide for the continued use of the railway lands, integrate the planned Spadina-Front GO Regional Express Rail station, as well as make sure that pedestrian and cycling access to and from the park is seamless.

Toronto's Rail Deck Park secondary plan coming to community council

News Nov 13, 2017 by David Nickle City Centre Mirror

Rail Deck Park —  a planned new downtown park to be built on a platform atop the rail corridor west of Blue Jays Way — will be in front of the Toronto and East York Community Council on Nov. 14, as councillors grapple with a secondary plan that will designate the site for parkland.

Mayor John Tory and city officials announced the 21-acre park more than a year ago, as a way to provide open space for the growing population of condominium dwellers in Toronto’s downtown core. It would stretch between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way.

It is still unclear exactly how much the park would cost to make, but at the time, former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat noted that it would likely be less than the cost of acquiring a similar block of land within the built-up confines of the downtown core.

In the report going to community council, staff note “the site represents one of the only remaining opportunities that can realistically accommodate a major park and open space required to serve the downtown, comparatively unencumbered by development.”

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The secondary plan for the area doesn’t make it any clearer what it will cost to develop that site, but if approved by council, it will set a legal framework for developing the site.

It will first designate the site as open space, so that absent a successful appeal by the Ontario Municipal Board, it won’t be able to be built up with any other form. It will provide for the continued use of the railway lands, integrate the planned Spadina-Front GO Regional Express Rail station, as well as make sure that pedestrian and cycling access to and from the park is seamless.

Toronto's Rail Deck Park secondary plan coming to community council

News Nov 13, 2017 by David Nickle City Centre Mirror

Rail Deck Park —  a planned new downtown park to be built on a platform atop the rail corridor west of Blue Jays Way — will be in front of the Toronto and East York Community Council on Nov. 14, as councillors grapple with a secondary plan that will designate the site for parkland.

Mayor John Tory and city officials announced the 21-acre park more than a year ago, as a way to provide open space for the growing population of condominium dwellers in Toronto’s downtown core. It would stretch between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way.

It is still unclear exactly how much the park would cost to make, but at the time, former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat noted that it would likely be less than the cost of acquiring a similar block of land within the built-up confines of the downtown core.

In the report going to community council, staff note “the site represents one of the only remaining opportunities that can realistically accommodate a major park and open space required to serve the downtown, comparatively unencumbered by development.”

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The secondary plan for the area doesn’t make it any clearer what it will cost to develop that site, but if approved by council, it will set a legal framework for developing the site.

It will first designate the site as open space, so that absent a successful appeal by the Ontario Municipal Board, it won’t be able to be built up with any other form. It will provide for the continued use of the railway lands, integrate the planned Spadina-Front GO Regional Express Rail station, as well as make sure that pedestrian and cycling access to and from the park is seamless.