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Dufferin Grove Park re-design: out with the old, in with the new?

The city's new Dufferin Grove Park design website is here. When the site was first put up, it had a paragraph about the possibility of removing the rink clubhouse and putting up a new one. That text was later removed. So it seems like a good idea to keep a separate record of the various discussions, minutes, and other material as they appear, including any community comments park users may want to add to the discussion, but that may not find their way onto the city's site. A pro-and-con page has been started here.

Rink clubhouse: a serviceable, plain brick structure, built 1993

Nov.10, 2016: the city hired LURA Consulting, a company specializing “in both market-based solutions and community-based behaviour change mechanisms.” LURA will be helping city staff to work on

"an opportunity to improve the north-west corner of the park where the clubhouse, ice rink, Zamboni garage, community garden and bake oven are located.”

In her newsletter, Ward 18 city councillor Ana Bailao announced a public meeting on the issue, scheduled for Nov.24.

Nov.24, 2016: community meeting minutes, prepared by LURA Consulting.

Jan.17, 2017: Community Resource Group membership finalized. Terms of reference here.

Feb.27, 2017: First meeting of the Community Resource Group.

March 10, 2017: Request by Jutta to city capital projects staff Katy Aminian, to see a rumoured 2015 Dufferin Grove Park rink house "Feasibility study" which addressed Employee Health and Safety issues, Accessibility, Building Code etc. Response was that staff would get back to me.

March 15, 2017: Community Resource Group #1 meeting minutes. Also: extracts (compiled by Jutta) from the city's Dufferin Grove Park northwest corner Draft Scope of Work.

April 10, 2017: The city says that the "Feasibility Study" that prompted the "Northwest Corner Revitalization Project" cannot be shown to the public now. It will be blacked out more

May 17, 2017: A second meeting of the Community Resource group was held at the Dovercourt Boys' and Girls' club today.

multiple posters went up in June

May 24, 2017: The city posted the capital staff's powerpoint presentation on the official "North-west Corner & Clubhouse Improvements" website today. So far there's no account of what else was said at the meeting.

May 25, 2017: Jutta's non-participant observer account of the May 17 community resource meeting is here. Several comments from CRG members are added.

June 2, 2017: The city's official website has a longer and more complete account of what was said here. The account includes critical comments about the project by some group members.

June 9, 2017: The city's Feasibility Study (done by the Bortolotto company and Suri&Associates Mississauga) and the 2014 State of Good Repair report (carried out by the CCI company) were posted. This posting reversed to original decision by the city to "black out" the studies until the RFP was released.

  • Excerpts from the Feasibility Study
  • Excerpts from the State of Good Repair report.
  • A 2004 cityrinks excerpt about the problem with SOGR reports.
  • The final CELOS newsletter, giving some evidence that the park programs are unraveling -- at the same time as the city wants to "upgrade" the rink house to match the programs that have developed at Dufferin Grove over the last two decades.

November 20, 2017: The Request for Proposals (RFP) is now on the city's website. It asks for proposals that open the way for a new rink, clubhouse, gardens, ovens, everything.

Members of the community resource group (CRG) say they heard nothing after their second meeting on May 17, until Nov.14, when they received the RFP and an offer to include two CRG members on the evaluation panel for the RFPs. The evaluation process is expected to take 5-7 days, and booked for January. As of Nov.22, it sounds like no member of the CRG has offered 5 - 7 days of volunteer time to be part of the evaluation of a complete makeover.

April 13, 2018: It sounds like someone from the CRG did volunteer to be on the RFP evaluation committee. The project's community website has not been updated since Dec.14 2017 and as of today, the committee members have still had no news.

April 24, 2018: Migs Bartula discovered this on the city hall roster: Award Item BA74.2 $694,747 to DTAH Architects Ltd. for "professional and technical design consulting services for a new community recreation clubhouse and park improvements at northwest corner of Dufferin Grove Park." (Note: Parks Capital Projects Senior Coordinator Katy Aminian wrote on May 22 that the contract is not confirmed until it is reviewed by the PFR legal department.) The work is scheduled between April 2018 and August 2021. And on page 10 of the 2018 Capital Budget there is a line item called "Dufferin Grove New Community Centre," allocating $3.14 million for 2018.

June 19 2018: There have still been no updates on the city's revitalization website since January.

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