Our Urban Canopy: Results from the Tree Inventory

Trinity_Park_TreeSurvey_April2014Last summer, eight enthusiastic interns began a tree inventory of Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. Highlights of their results can be seen below and in the accompanying image.

INVENTORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 494 trees were inventoried.
  • The most common species was honey locust.
  • Maples made up 22% of the canopy.
  • Approximately 40% were native species.
  • Over 70% had minimal to no defoliation (indicator of good health); although over half had confined root space.
  • The largest tree was a silver maple located on Bellwoods Ave.

The tree inventory is one component of the Trinity Bellwoods Urban Forest Management Plan, which was developed through a partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry, Trinity Bellwoods Community Association, Ossington Community Association, Friends of Roxton Road Parks, and Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park.

If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more, please email TrinityBellwoodsUrbanForestry@gmail.com.

For more information, see the April 2014 Tree Inventory Update.

TBCA Meeting Minutes — March 31, 2014

Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Centre
Monday, March 31st, 2014
7:00 P.M.

SUMMARY MINUTES

Attendees:

  • Chair – Chris Walker
  • Councillor Mike Layton
  • Ashley Da Silva – Councillor Layton’s Office
  • TC Sclocco (Helmuts)
  • Trena Cesario – City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation
  • Paula Capela
  • Ross Burnett
  • LJ Lahodynsktj
  • Dominic Valela
  • Ben Pakuts
  • Loise Schklar
  • Siam Owen
  • Walter Girlato
  • Pat Ressa
  • Kevin Cooper

Agenda:

  1. Pet Fountain
  2. Laneway Naming nominations
  3. MOCCA Redevelopment
  4. OZ Redevelopment
  5. Trinity Bellwoods Park Clean-Up
  6. RioCan Proposal on College
  7. Studio Bar

 


GENERAL DISCUSSION

 

Pet Fountain:

  • The Community has raised all the required moneys for the dog fountain to be installed in the leash-free area of the dog pit.
  • Fountain to be installed by the City in 2015.
  • Funding was secured primarily through Timmies, Helmuts Pets Supplies and West Queen West BIA.
  • Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is holding the money on behalf of the community and the City.
  • `Donation Station` are a pilot project run at Riverdale and High Park Zoo to raise money for parks. Trinity Bellwoods would benefit from this idea and one could be included in the dog pit and other high traffic areas of the park. Friends of Trinity Bellwoods will be pursuing this idea with the City.

 

Laneway Naming:

  • The ML Lumber redevelopment would like to name some laneways to give their new residents a street address
  • The developer suggested the names `Mika Alley` and `Joe Queen Lane`, but these were turned down by the City due a perceived lack of support for the initiative
  • Councillor Vaughan and Layton are trying to introduce street names for all lanes – safety benefits and community spirit
  • Cllr Layton is asking for Lane Naming nominations from within the community – a letter will be circulated shortly asking for recommendations.
  •  Nominations can be sent to the Councillor`s office at adasilv2toronto.ca

 

MOCCA Redevelopment Update:

  • City Staff did not accept the original 9 storey proposal as it was and did not secure rezoning at the City
  • Developer is taking the City`s decision to the OMB
  • OMB date is set for June 2014
  • Building was slightly re-designed (8 storey), but this redesign was not formally re-submitted to the City for consideration. What is before the OMB is the original 9storey proposal.
  • TBCA is to write a letter against the development and in support of the City fighting this case at the OMB (letter due before April 10th Council meeting)

 

Park Clean-Up Day

 

OZ Redevelopment

  • Development is still before the OMB. No decision on application has been made yet.

 

RioCan Proposal on College Street

  • New retail store with residential above is proposed to replace the existing smaller scale LCBO and surface parking lot
  • 9 storey building proposed
  • Building is in compliance with rear setback requirement (transition to Neighbourhood area)
  • Building as proposed is in compliance with Mid-Rise Building Guidelines
  • No date for zoning amendment to go before Council for approval

 

StudioBar

  • Bar is formally opened now with their liquor license
  • Have already had several noise complaints, even though the owners have done some upgrades to sound proofing
  • AGCO has said that the City cannot put noise conditions on bylaws for bars and restaurants (this severely limits the City`s power to control noise)

 

Next TBCA Meeting is Monday May 26th, 7pm – 9pm
At the Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Centre
PLEASE JOIN US!

Trinity Bellwoods Spring Clean, Saturday April 12, 2014

 

The Toronto Dog Walkers Association has organized a Spring Clean at Trinity Bellwoods.

  • Date: Saturday April 12, 2014
  • Time: 11am to 1pm
  • Location: North End of Dog Bowl

Come out and help keep Trinity Bellwoods Park beautiful. Feel free to stop by for however long you can.

All those who help will get a free raffle ticket for our Spring Clean Prize. For more info, contact info@theywalkdogs.com.

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Two Meetings to Discuss Park Misuse (This Week)

dog_bowl_squareThe use and misuse of Trinity Bellwoods Park has been an ongoing and complex issue. To further the dialogue between the park users, nearby neighbors and the city, there are two meetings that are happening this week. Both are are open to the public.

 

1. TBCA Bi-Monthly Meeting

**Tonight** Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 7pm
Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Centre. (second floor hallway).

Agenda:

  • Laneway naming
  • New dog-watering-station in trinity bellwoods
  • Police meeting re: park missuse
  • Major redevelopment applications
  • Area studies and preserving historical spaces

2. Community Meeting on Issues in Trinity Bellwoods Park

  • Date: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trinity Community Centre, 155 Crawford St, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3

In attendance will be Park Ambassador Troy Ford, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Councillor Layton’s Office, Permits, the Supervisor of Community Centre, representative from 14 Community Response Unit, the TBCA, and Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Some of the topics being discussed: Drinking, Animal complaints, Park Curfew, Common misuse of park.

Community Consultation: Close the Rent Control Loophole

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Rosario Marchese is inviting concerned citizens to participate in an action that will target an existing loophole in the Rental Tenancies Act that allows many landlords to dramatically raise rent.

Please join Rosario Marchese to learn how you can take action to strengthen tenants’ rights and protections. We will discuss Cindy Forster’s bill to reform the Residential Tenancies Act, why individual activism is needed, and how the government’s Act falls short. And we will discuss what you can do to put real reform back on the government’s agenda.

Meeting details

  • The Trinity-Spadina Community Consultation
  • Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 (6:30-8:00pm)
  • Harbourfront Community Centre
  • Assembly Room C
  • 627 Queen’s Quay West

For more information, see Rosario’s blog posting: Close the Tenant Protection Loophole.