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Save our parks on Toronto's Waterfront

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NOTE: This petition was started in early 2016 when residents viewed City Hall Plans that showed mixed use development on Bathurst Quay. Those plans showed tall buildings, and a hotel. Residents have spoken up, clearly stating that we want our promised park.

We need parks as the population downtown doubles. Bathurst Quay has always been declared parkland in the master plan. Instead, this land continues to be rented out for the Island Airport taxis stands. There are solutions. Bury the parking underground as the city has done already at Harbourfront, and as the city has proposed in early versions of the new Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan.  Give us our parkland right at the waterfront. Stop delaying. For 30 years we were promised this park and we need it now, more than ever before. Kids, not cars.

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This is the original petition wording posted in 2016 when buildings on Bathurst Quay were proposed.

WE OPPOSE the NEW Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan being presented to Toronto City Council if it includes any labels for "mixed use". Here’s why:

1. The new Plan introduces mixed-use development. We don’t need or want more condos, hotel, or any other kind of residential units south of Queens Quay.

2. In the past 10 years thousands of new condo units have been built in our neighbourhood and the downtown with very little or no real open space.

3. All lands south of Queens Quay should be maintained as park and open space with only recreational and supportive structures allowed.

The introduction of commercial mixed-use means it could introduce any kind of residence (hotels, condos, apartments, Community Housing, Habitat for Humanity, etc) south of Queens Quay, and in particular on Bathurst, south of Queen’s Quay. If allowed, it could ultimately encourage the growth of the Billy Bishop City Center Airport also.

Community and recreational facilities have NOT expanded at the same rate as the population explosion from condos here, more people need more parks and open space for a healthy, safe, and sustainable community.

We urge City Council and our local representative Joe Cressy, to eliminate any plan, or plans that ask for "mixed use" at the waterfront. Don’t sell out our waterfront open space!

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