City of Toronto launches next round of public consultation on high-rise park travel strategy – City of Toronto
July 14, 2022
The City of Toronto is undertaking a second round of public consultation on improving travel in High Park as part of the High Park Movement Strategy (HPMS). The objective of the strategy is to improve mobility within the park, while prioritizing safety, accessibility and the ecological integrity of the park. The HPMS will focus on the existing travel network including roads, driveways, parking lots and paved trails.
Four draft transportation network strategies have been developed based on feedback from early rounds of community consultation as well as technical studies of traffic conditions and infrastructure in High Park.
The four strategies are:
- Strategy 1: No visitor vehicles are allowed in High Park
- Strategy 2: No visitor vehicles allowed at scheduled times
- Strategy 3: No visitor vehicles are allowed on certain roads in High Park
- Strategy 4: Visitor vehicles allowed in High Park
Each strategy presents a different approach to managing travel behaviors in High Park, but all strategies include measures to improve safety, reduce vehicle speeds and minimize conflict between road users.
The City will host a series of online and in-person engagement events in July and August to gather feedback from park users on possible improvements to the transportation network:
- Online survey: An online survey will take place from Friday July 8 to Friday August 19. The survey is available via the City online portal.
- Talk to the project team in High Park: The project team will be in High Park to answer questions and learn about park user priorities and preferences for changes to the transportation network. Staff will be assigned to a project information post on West Road, just south of Bloor Street West today, Thursday, July 14, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, July 16, 1-3 p.m. Dates are weather dependent and additional dates can be scheduled.
- Online Open Day: An online open house will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 6-8 p.m. The project team will present feedback, findings and collect feedback on possible improvements. The the online open house is available via WebEx.
Details of upcoming engagement events, including a link to take the online survey and register for the online open house, are available on the project webpage. Questions can also be directed to the HPMS project team at [email protected]
The results of this round of consultations and the preferred option will be incorporated into a 2023 report with recommendations for consideration by the Board.
Over 6,000 people took part in an online survey during the first round of consultations in 2021. An overview of what we heard from those who shared their experiences and feedback is available on the project webpage.
TTC and Wheel Trans service
The TTC resumes service of the 30B High Park bus. The 30B bus will run on weekends and holidays during the summer until September 3 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a service approximately every 20 minutes. High Park remains closed to visitor vehicles on weekends. Public transport stops are located on West Road and Colborne Lodge Road. Wheel-Trans service is also available on this schedule and route. For more information, please visit TTC.ca.
“Torontoans love High Park and appreciate its many paths, trails and amenities, which are accessible to everyone, every day. I hope all High Park visitors and local residents will share their thoughts and join in the public consultations, whether in person at the High Park pop-ups, at the online open house and via the survey on line.
– Mayor John Tory
“High Park is a busy park very popular with Torontonians. It has something for everyone, including off-leash trails, wooded areas, sports fields, a kiddy pool and outdoor pool, plus picnic areas at Grenadier Pond. We look forward to hearing feedback from everyone who uses the park as well as those in the neighborhood. »
– Councilor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), chair of the infrastructure and environment committee
“Public consultation is essential so that we can design a park that everyone can enjoy. We are working on how to reinvent our park and how best to serve the people who travel there. It is also important to recognize and serve visitors who have different mobility needs and preferences. »
– Councilor Gord Perks (Parkdale-High Park)
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