It’s that time of year when our yards and the street boulevard need a Spring clean. If you could spend some of your ‘outside time’ cleaning up your yard and the boulevard in front of your house, it would make a most pleasant difference to our community. The street cleaning machines aren’t an ‘essential service’ and the annual Community Clean-up in April will have to be cancelled, so it is up to us to clean-up our property/community.
A neighbourhood sense of community has been shown to be linked to so many positives: creating a sense of belonging, providing a physical and mental health boost, and even lowering crime rates. With benefits like these, we should all strive to strengthen our neighbourhood ties.
Here are a number of ideas for building community in our Neighbourhood – Our Neighbourhood Sep 2019
If you have some additional ideas on how to build our community, please send them on to [email protected] and we will add them to the Ideas List.
Avenue Road interchange landscaping
We have been advised by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario that as the Avenue Road bridge replacement project is nearing completion, landscaping and cleanup is to be completed in Fall 2020. The Avenue Road interchange landscaping plan includes new trees and shrubs plantings within the interchange area. MTO is working with the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute for the last few years to implement their plan. The new landscaping will give us an improved gateway to our Upper Avenue.
Inventory of Condition of the Trees on Upper Avenue
Update Mar 4, 2020:
SAHRA submitted an inventory of the condition of 127 trees on the east and west sides of Avenue road between Joicey down to Lawrence to Councillor Colle’s office in Sept, 2019. This was in turn submitted to Urban Forestry for their review and scheduling of the appropriate pruning. We are pleased to report that pruning was initiated in late February. We look forward to reviewing the results of our hopefully healthier trees in the Spring.
The trees on Avenue Road between Joicey down to Lawrence are in need of some care/attention. There are 64 trees on the West side and 63 on the East side. SAHRA submitted an inventory in Sept, 2019 identifying the location of all trees on both the east and west sides, with a statement of their need for care in terms of removal of suckers, elimination of weeds at the base and/or the need for pruning or elimination of deadwood. The report has been submitted to Councillor Mike Colle for discussion with the appropriate City Departments. We are hoping that the care can be completed this Fall.
The City of Toronto is planning to replace the watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on YONGE BLVD FROM WILSON AVENUE TO SANDRINGHAM DRIVE during the months of March and April 2020. This project is part of the Council-approved 2019 Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution and reduce the risk of watermain breaks.
Census Profile Information on Bedford Park-Nortown
SAHRA is within the neighbourhood known as Bedford Park-Nortown. It is an affluent neighbourhood located south of the 401, north of Lawrence set between Bathurst to Avenue Rd/Yonge Street. Bedford Park-Nortown is a very family friendly environment. There are park spaces, community centres, access to good public, private and separate schools, excellent shopping, restaurants, TTC accessible and close to major highway routes.
Most of the homes were established between 1890 and 1950. The community began as a farming hamlet, a place where farmers could stop during their travels from farm to market. There is a mix of detached and semi-detached homes; many of the smaller original homes have been recently renovated and replaced by larger custom designs. The lot sizes are generous, the neighbours keep their properties well kept and the community has an abundance of excellent amenities. Although house prices tend to be high; there is a high demand to move in.
Schools: John Wanless (PS), Blessed Sacrament (CS), Bedford Park (PS), Glenview Senior (PS), Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (PHS), Havergal College (P), Toronto French School (P), Bannockburn School (P), Armour Heights Public School (PS), Ledbury Park Elementary and Middle School (PS), St. Margaret Catholic School (CS) and Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School (CSHS).
Green Spaces: Ledbury Park, Brookdale Park, the Toronto Cricket Club and the Don Valley Golf Course.
Community Centres: Armour Heights Community Centre and Ledbury Park Community Centre.
Exits to Highway 401 include Yonge, Avenue and Bathurst, while public transit options include the York Mills subway station and bus lines along Yonge, Bathurst, Avenue, Eglinton, Lawrence and Wilson Avenue.
2016 Preliminary Neighbourhood Census Profile data prepared by the City of Toronto for Bedford Park-Nortown provides some interesting facts and figures.
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