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.
I am keenly aware that for many downtown residents, the size of our allotted public green space is equal to a sheet of letter-sized paper! For the past two years you have pushed to create a much-needed park at 11 Wellesley Street West. As our MPP, you have publicly declared your determination to create this park for your constituents. For that, we thank you.
You are now in a position to make good on your promises. The site in question is slated to be sold to a developer but the deal will not close until the end of February. I urge you to halt this process so that you can review the transaction and make sure our crucial needs for green space are met.
Minister, this may well be our last chance secure a park in this riding. Your constituents are depending on you. I encourage you to act before it is too late.