This video shows a successful Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard’s harvest festival which attracted an amazing 400 people from our community:

Here is a letter from Susan Poizner, Coordinator of Growing for Green & Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard, urging us to support the construction of  the new Eglinton West Light Rail Transit (LRT) station’s entrance in a corner of the current police station parking lot, by:

option number 4
which locates the southern entrance in the police station but still allows the police an exit directly onto Eglinton Avenue West

because

the least preferred options 1, 2, 2a and 2b
locate the entrance in our Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard.

PLEASE HELP US PROTECT BEN NOBLEMAN PARK COMMUNITY ORCHARD

Ben Nobleman Park is an important resource for our neighbourhood and its residents. It is a popular green space and the home to Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard, Toronto’s first community orchard in a public park. It is the site of stewardship days, fruit tree care workshops, festivals and community events throughout the year. It also has our community’s largest children’s play area.

But this wonderful environment may be at risk. There is currently a proposal to cut a large slice out of our small park in order to build a southern entrance to the new Eglinton West light rail station. This will result in the loss of a number of mature trees as well as six of Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard’s most established fruit trees – cherry and apple trees that we will harvest for the first time this year.

Many members of our community have worked hard to transform Ben Nobleman Park from a little-used green space into a vibrant community centre. Today we have an orchard with 14 fruit trees, a pollinator garden, and a beautiful new playground designed by local parents. The new entrance would be about 80 square metres – roughly 900 square feet or the footprint of a small house.

We believe a busy entrance like this, even if it’s nicely designed and landscaped, will have a negative effect on our park with the garbage bins, cigarette butts and newspaper boxes. Instead, we support the construction of a LRT entrance in a corner of the current police station parking lot. While the police may lose up to 13 parking spots, alternative parking spots can be found.

You can have your say by filling out a survey at the following address:

thecrosstown.ca/node/329

Our preferred option is option number 4 – which locates the southern entrance in the police station but still allows the police an exit directly onto Eglinton Avenue West.

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