Openings, Police Services Board Meeting, and Weekend DVP Closure – Paula Fletcher

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City Fitness Centres and Lane Swim Opening, Police Services Board Meeting, and Weekend DVP Closure

Dear Friends,

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe. As we continue further into Stage 3, it’s important to continue to follow public health measures.

I’d like to remind everyone that wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces. You can find further information about the bylaw on the City’s website.

The City puts out frequent COVID-19 updates and you can find them online at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/.

In this email you can find the following information:

  • Online Registration for Indoor Swimming Lanes & City fitness facilities
  • Policing Reforms to be discussed by the Police Services Board
  • Weekend DVP Closure for annual maintenance; Lakeshore East Active TO Closure will not be in place this weekend.
  • Stage 3 Updates and Resources
  • Reminder: On-Street Permit Parking Enforcement to begin August 14th
More recreation options open up in Stage 3, with a new online reservations option for indoor swimming lanes and fitness centres

City of Toronto staff have been developing new ways to deliver and improve service. This week, the City is introducing an online reservation option for its indoor drop-in lane swim program as well as weight rooms and fitness centres.

The new online reservation option enables people to conveniently book an indoor lane swim at any of the City’s 29 indoor pool locations or a gym session at select City weight rooms and fitness centres. To date, more than 300 aquatic amenities in Toronto have opened safely with public health measures in place, and Toronto continues to progress in its reopening. Fitness centres and weight rooms will reopen on August 17, but people will be able to reserve spots online at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/sports-fitness-leadership-programs/fitness-programs/ beginning August 13th.

The capacity at indoor pools remains significantly reduced, at 25 per cent of regular capacity, to allow for physical distancing as a result of COVID-19. That means a maximum of about six people can attend a drop-in lane swim. The new online tool will allow people to reserve a lane before they arrive. Spaces will continue to be made available for people who walk in or do not have access to a computer. After reserving online at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/swimming-splash-pads/, people can pay their drop-in lane swim fees at the pool.

Assistance with learning how to use the online reservation tool is available by calling their local community centre or the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Customer Service at 416-396-7378, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To ensure people can swim safely at City aquatic amenities, programs have been modified to meet public health guidelines and provincial restrictions. City pools continue to feature enhanced cleaning protocols and physical distancing requirements. Cleaning takes place every 45 minutes and patrons must stay two metres (six feet) apart.

When visiting the City’s recreation amenities, people will continue to be required to sign in, complete a health screening and provide their name and contact information to facilitate Toronto Public Health contact tracing if needed. Masks or other cloth face coverings must be worn in all City of Toronto indoor public spaces but are not required while people are swimming or exercising.

In addition, the City is gradually reopening services and amenities for everyone to enjoy this summer as Toronto remains in Stage 3 of reopening. Stage 3 and the associated loosening of Provincial restrictions has allowed for the safe restart of many City services, expansion of indoor and outdoor gatherings and provision of additional recreation opportunities for Torontonians.

Some recreation highlights as part of Toronto’s Stage 3 reopening include:

  • The City has increased its parks and recreation permit offerings and is currently issuing permits for the following activities:
    • sports and multi-use fields for games and practices (in cohorts of 50)
    • farmers markets
    • community and allotment gardens
    • formal photography in parks (this does not include conservatories or recreation centres)
    • picnics of up to 100 people or the designated site capacity which may be less than 100
    • boot camps
    • special events, small in nature, no more than 100 in attendance
    • lawn bowling
  • More than 119 community centres, including 29 locations with indoor pools have reopened since July 20.
  • More than 800 playgrounds and play structures reopened since July 31.
  • There have been more than 17,600 registrations to CampTO and nearly 3,500 participants took part in the first week of ParksPlayTO.
Policing Reforms to be discussed by the Police Services Board

On August 18th, 2020 the Toronto Police Services Board will be discussing three reports related to police reform, accountability and transparency.

  • Police Reform in Toronto: Systemic Racism, Alternative Crisis Response and Building a New Confidence in Community Safety 
  • Recommended Monitoring Framework for the Implementation of the Recommendations Arising from the Inquest into the Death of Andrew Loku
  • Approval of Body Worn Camera Contract Award and Project Implementation

You can read the reports and sign up to give a virtual deputation at tpsb.ca

Thank you to all of you who continue to stay involved on this important issue.

Don Valley Parkway closed this weekend for annual maintenance and improvements;Lakeshore East and Bayview Active TO Closure will not be in place this weekend.

The City of Toronto will perform annual maintenance and improvement activities on the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) this weekend from Friday, August 14 at 11 p.m. until Monday, August 17 at 5 a.m. The closure will extend the entire expressway from Highway 401 to the F.G. Gardiner Expressway. The rain date is planned for Friday, August 21 to Monday, August 24.

This year’s annual closure, typically planned for the spring or fall, has been moved to August to take advantage of warmer summer weather as well as lower than normal traffic volumes the city continues to experience. City staff estimate that it would take approximately 30 separate days with lane closures to complete the same amount of highly coordinated work performed in just 54 hours over a single weekend.

Traffic-signal timing changes will be made to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes to help manage traffic congestion associated with the closure.

As well, there will be one ActiveTO major weekend road closure this weekend, along Lake Shore Boulevard West from Stadium Road to Windemere Avenue. ActiveTO weekend closures that would typically be in place on Lake Shore Boulevard East and Bayview Avenue will not be available this weekend in order to provide alternative routes for drivers. All three weekend closures are expected to return the weekend following the DVP maintenance closure. Learn more about ActiveTO at http://www.toronto.ca/activeto.

Here are some specific activities that are expected to be undertaken during the closure, all numbers are approximate:

  • 10 lane kilometres of roadway milling and paving
  • 3,600 tonnes of asphalt will be used
  • Inspection and controlled chipping on bridges
  • Construction and repair of roadside ditches
  • Cleaning of bridge joints and catch basins
  • Debris removal and sweeping
  • Graffiti removal
  • Guiderail repairs and replacement
  • Inspection and repair of ‘crash’ barriers
  • Roadside and overhead sign maintenance
  • Inspection of maintenance of RESCU cameras and equipment cabinets
  • Repair of traffic detection equipment
  • Pothole repairs
  • Other work related to expressway lights and utilities may be done by Toronto Hydro.

Motorists can use Kingston Road, Victoria Park Avenue, Bayview Avenue and Avenue Road as alternative routes into the city during the weekend closure.
This weekend’s DVP maintenance closure has been coordinated with important overnight work related to the renewal of the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Streets. To facilitate this work and minimize disruption to the travelling public, the westbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway, from the DVP to the Yonge-Bay-York ramp and the on-ramp to westbound Gardiner Expressway from Lake Shore Boulevard East at Logan Avenue will be fully closed. The first opportunity for motorists to enter westbound Gardiner Expressway is the on-ramp at Jarvis Street. These closures will take place on:

  • Saturday, August 15 at 10 p.m. to Saturday, August 16 at 8 a.m., and;
  • Sunday, August 16 at 10 p.m. until Monday, August 17 at 5 a.m.

A map is available to residents and visitors to help make their travel plans, available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.

Stage 3 Updates and Resources

Toronto entered Stage 3 on Friday, July 31. As Toronto enters this next stage, please continue to follow public health advice to keep yourself and others safe.

Under the Stage 3 order nearly all businesses and public spaces can gradually reopen, with workplace safety and public health measures in place.

For more information about Stage 3 go to: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-reopening-information-for-the-public/

Reminder: On-Street Permit Parking Enforcement to begin August 14th

The City of Toronto reminds residents that starting Friday, August 14 at midnight, permit parking enforcement on residential streets in the city will resume. Enforcement, as well as the renewal and issuance of residential street parking permits, had been paused due to COVID-19.

The period to renew existing, or purchase new, six and twelve-month on-street parking permits began on July 2 when the parking permit office resumed operation. The renewal period deadline was extended until August 7 to maximize the window for residents.

Temporary daily and weekly parking permits can be purchased online anytime at https://www.toronto.ca/parking.

Existing permit holders were contacted directly by mail throughout the month of July and parking permit office hours were extended for phone and email inquiries. Information about the renewal period was shared by the City’s social media accounts and toronto.ca was updated with details, including a convenient online renewal system that uses licence plate information.

While the parking permit office remains closed to the public, it can be accessed by phone at 416-392-7873 or email at permit.parking@toronto.ca, with extended hours from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Danforth Public Art: Call for Artists

As part of the Destination Danforth project four new signature murals will be coming to the Danforth.

Artists should move quick to sign up if they want to move to the next stage:https://streetartto.submittable.com/submit/172149/start-destination-danforth

I am excited to be able to share the murals once they are chosen, which will be another beautiful addition to the Danforth.

On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging

I am excited to announce the next stage in the City’s Electric Vehicle Strategy, the long awaited on-street electric vehicle charging pilot, has finally been installed by Toronto Hydro.

Toronto-Danforth has two pilot locations, on Alton Avenue and on Mountjoy Avenue. These spots were chosen using the following criteria:

  • in a permit parking area with available permits capacity;
  • on a street block with at least two fewer permits issued than parking spaces available;
  • on a street that does not have any daytime parking restrictions, including alternate side of street parking, that would restrict access to the EV charging stations through-out the day, every day;
  • on a street that has the presence of electrical or street light poles placed between the back of curb and sidewalk;
  • on a street that allows for the placement of two parking spaces (ideally) end-to-end on-street without encroaching on driveways, intersections, fire hydrants, or other significant encumbrance; and
  • in an area that provides sufficient electrical capacity and can otherwise support the EV charging stations.

This pilot is being used to test the technology. Increasing access to EV charging is one element of the City’s TransformTO Climate Change Strategy.

Thank you to all of our health care workers and frontline workers, and everyone else who is working to keep us going and keep us safe. And thank you again to everyone for following public health measures.

We’re in this together. 

I will continue to send out regular updates to keep you informed. Please check toronto.ca/covid19 for the latest information.

Remember to take care of yourselves and please contact my office if we can be of assistance.

Working for you,


Paula Fletcher
City Councillor
Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth

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