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Wading Pool Plans Finalized

Concrete pad stays, all other plans implemented

Councillor Giambrone circulated the following email throughout the community:

September 17, 2007

Dear residents,

I am writing to update you on the proposed wading pool renovation project for Dufferin Grove Park. At my request, Parks staff have now completed their review of all the feedback that people provided over the last few weeks. Thank you to everyone who took the time to contact my office to share your thoughts about this project.

Over recent weeks I've heard from people on both sides of this issue. To summarize, on the one hand some people thought the project should not go ahead at this time because they were very concerned about the potential impact of the construction on the health of the existing trees around the pool. Some people were also concerned that this capital expediture was not a good use of taxpayer money. On the other hand, some people thought this investment in the park should go ahead to ensure the pool would be in good working order for the children of our community. Some also wanted to make sure we didn't miss the opportunity to make some other improvements to the park, such as a new drinking fountain, asphalt paths, improved lighting, natural stone seat wall, new benches, a footwashing station, improved drainage and and additional tree planting.

Having now completed their review of everyone's feedback, Parks staff advise that, instead of completely replacing the concrete pad of the wading pool, another option would be to refurbish it. This would involve treating the concrete surface with a topical coating that would act both as waterproofing and give the entire slab a fresh uniform look. All other work on the pipes and the other features of the project could also go ahead as proposed. You can see the proposed layout for the project at

This change to the project would:

-eliminate the risk of any damage to the trees from the concrete replacement work -reduce the costs -ensure the pool stays in working order for our community's children -ensure the other features of the project can still go ahead

Parks staff also advise that the placement of the asphalt paths would be as far as possible from any existing trees to further minimize the risk to them. Furthermore, the Tree Protection Plan demanded by our Forestry staff would be in place throughout the project, with a trained arborist on site at all times.

If the community supports this option, at this point the City could begin the work in the late fall of this year and would likely complete the project in the spring of 2008, as soon as the weather permits.

Please don't hesitate to share this email with any of your neighbours who might be interested so as many people as possible can be informed. I look forward to hearing back from you with your comments on this option, either at or by phone at 416-392-7012.

Yours truly,


Adam Giambrone Toronto City Councillor Ward 18 Davenport Chair, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Toronto City Hall, Suite C42 100 Queen Street West Toronto ON M5H 2N2

(416) 392-7012

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