It’s been about two months since the Mayor proposed the idea of green space for an area west of the CN Tower, and on Wednesday, city councilors will get their first crack at weighing in formally.
The 8.5 hectare park would be built on top of the rail corridor downtown, with an estimated cost of over $1 billion.
Council will be asked to set aside roughly $2.5 million to cover costs associated with the preliminary design and planning of the space; the Executive Committee has already voted in favor of doing so.
Back in August, Mayor John Tory had said the downtown area has the lowest amount of parkland in the city, but with the population in that area expected to doubled over the next 25 years, a large green space was desperately needed.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) August 3, 2016
The proposal has not resonated with all of those on council, however.
Days after the announcement from the Mayor, Giorgio Mammoliti, who represents Ward 7 York-West, expressed his frustration to the John Oakley Show.
“When we have areas of the city that are deteriorating, we’ve got weeds growing out of curbs, our roads are cracked and broken, it looks like a third-word country in some of those areas of the suburbs. We’re being told we can’t get a swing set for our children. We just say look, fairness is fairness. You just can’t keep doing this to the downtown core. Taking out of reserves, taking money that taxpayers in my ward have contributed to, who are being told they can’t have a swing set. You’re taking that continually. This is not the first time.”
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