Rail Deck Park - Official Plan Amendment public consultation
As our community grows, we must focus on building neighbourhoods and not just condo towers – that's why we've been working hard together to make the critical and worthwhile investments in community facilities in Ward 20, and continuing efforts to secure much-needed parkland downtown.
With Rail Deck Park, we can address this growing need from green space in our community. Last August, Mayor Tory and I announced our plan to create a new 21-acre public park over the rail corridor, from Bathurst Street to Blue Jays Way. Once completed, it will be the size of 16 football fields. This will be a new and critical resource for our neighbourhoods, and a new central park for all of Toronto.
Earlier this year, City Council approved taking the first steps to move this bold and ambitious plan forward. Along with detailed implementation plans, cost estimates and growth-related revenue options, and more, the City has initiated an Official Plan Amendment process to formally review re-designating the space above the rail corridor as park space.
On June 13th, the first public consultation as part of the process is being hosted by City Planning – come out and share your thoughts on this critical and potentially game-changing space for our community:
What: Rail Corridor - Official Plan Amendment public consultation
When: Tuesday June 13th, 6-9pm
Where: Metro Hall Rotunda
Building Rail Deck Park won't happen overnight – it will take years. And, it will represent a significant investment for our City. However, to build the city we want – a city that is equitable, liveable, and sustainable for all our friends and neighbours – we must invest in the services and infrastructure to do it. Affordable housing, libraries, community centres, child care services, and new and creative park spaces.
Rail Deck Park is bold, it is ambitious, and it is exactly the type of big project the City of Toronto is ready for.
I look forward to seeing you on June 13th.