Did you know that for many downtown residents, the size of our allotted public green space is equivalent to a single sheet of paper?* We all agree that sustainable, healthy communities need green space. Sadly, this is something our neighbourhood is sorely lacking. More and more towers are being built and thousands of taxpayers are moving in, yet our government is doing little to make our community more liveable.
But there is hope. For months, residents have been fighting to turn the vacant lot at 11 Wellesley West into a beautiful family park. The Province of Ontario owns this property. For a while it looked as though our government was willing to sell the land to the City to make this dream a reality. But despite earlier efforts by MPP Glen Murray and City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, the site is now slated to be sold to a building developer by the end of the month.
Together, we can stop our elected officials from squandering the last chance to establish a significant green space downtown. Remember, right now this is publicly-owned land. And we think the public deserves to have a say in how it's used! Please send a message to Minister Glen Murray urging him to postpone this sale and find a way to secure space for a public park.
*based on 2012 population projections of the area bounded by Davenport-Church-Queen-University, which will grow to approximately 52,000 residents once known developments are built. Residents will have 0.065 square meters of parkland each – an area 22cm by 30cm, or just slightly bigger than a sheet of standard paper.