You’re Invited: Meeting on Options for Cycle Tracks on Certain Streets + Toronto Events + Road Closures June 22-Dec.2013

Here are more celebratory events, as well as a Cycle Track public drop-in meeting, and some road closures in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • Some events are FREE

9th annual CIMA Mayor’s Cricket Trophy Tournament

Saturday, June 22

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Remarks: 12 p.m.

Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie St.

  • Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West), Chair of the City of Toronto’s Community Development and Recreation Committee, City staff, cricket teams from across Toronto and members of the community will gather for the playing of the ninth annual CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Mayor’s Cricket Trophy Tournament
  • Joining them will be Michael Lam, Deputy Chair of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Raza Hasan, Senior Vice President of CIBC in partnership with Rogers, Pattison Onestop and Tom’s Place
  • The event has helped raise funds to support youth cricket programs in Toronto

City of Toronto to celebrate new playground equipment at Franklin Park

Saturday, June 22

1:15 to 2 p.m., Remarks: 1:30 p.m.

Franklin Park, 138 Franklin Ave.

  • Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale) and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community in a ceremony to celebrate the new equipment in the Franklin Park playground, which was generously donated by the Aki Latvala Foundation
  • In addition to the new play structure, this neighbourhood park features new benches, stone seating, a picnic table, a new wooden fence and a crushed stone pathway
  • The Aki Latvala Foundation was formed in 2006 by friends to honour and continue the legacy of giving by the late Aki Latvala, who lived a short distance from Franklin Park and took pride in his Finnish and Canadian heritage
    • He was also committed to causes that helped children and youth

City of Toronto's image: Adopt a Cat During Feline Fiesta
City of Toronto’s image: Adopt a Cat During Feline Fiesta

Adopt a cat during City of Toronto’s Feline Fiesta

June 22 – July 4 – July 20 (update: extended to July 20, 2013)

  • The City is celebrating Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month by holding a Feline Fiesta adoption blitz
  • Residents can go home with a kitten or cat for only $25 (plus HST and a licence if applicable) from one of the City’s four animal shelters
  • By this time each year, the City’s animal shelters are brimming with kittens
    • Several strategies are being used to stop the cycle of cat overpopulation, including promoting the adoption of cats from shelters
  • When people adopt a kitten or cat from Toronto Animal Services, they receive a pet that is microchipped, vaccinated and most importantly spayed/neutered so it cannot reproduce
  • If you wish to adopt a kitten or cat, visit a Toronto Animal Services shelter in your neighbourhood

Port Union Village Common

2013 Port Union Waterfont Festival

FREE Admission

SATURDAY – JUNE 22, 2013

Location: Port Union Village Common Park

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

  • Activities include entertainment, music and FREE children’s events and activities, as well as a community BBQ

Official Opening of Phase 2 of Port Union Waterfront Park

June 22, 2013

11:00am – 12:00pm

Port Union Waterfront Park is located in Scarborough at the foot of Port Union Road (just south of Lawrence Avenue East). The event will be held at the lookout at the water’s edge. Please access through the pedestrian underpass at Port Union Village Common.

  • Please join Waterfront Toronto and our government partners as we celebrate another major milestone in the development of our waterfront — the official opening of the second phase of Port Union Waterfront Park
  • Transit: Take the 54A Lawrence East bus to Port Union Rd. or take the Lakeshore East GO train to Rouge Hill Go Station
  • Parking: Extremely limited due to the Port Union Waterfront Festival

Thorncliffe Park’s 8th Annual Neighbours’ Night Out

Open Streets in Thorncliffe Park

FREE Admission

Saturday June 22

1pm to 9pm

Overlea Boulevard between Thorncliffe Park Drive West and Thorncliffe Park Drive East

  • The biggest community event of the year and the best street party in the region
  • Children’s entertainment, arts and cultural activities, inter-cultural live music shows

fairbank-village-multicultural summer fest 2013

Fairbank Village Multicultural Summerfest 2013

FREE Admission

June 22 – 23

June 22: noon to 11pm
June 23: noon to 9 pm

Eglinton Avenue West and Dufferin Street

TEL. 416.646.0661

  • A cultural celebration of music, food, arts, entertainment & Sidewalk Sale Extravaganza!

Architecture Exhibition Summer 2013

FREE Admission

June 22 – September 8, 2013

York Quay Centre
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West

  • The new Rapid Response exhibition seeks architectural responses to assist communities coping with natural disasters in Canada
  • Three architecture firms will create proposals for shelters and consider other necessary design applications needed in times of natural calamity
  • This exhibition proposes new and achievable architectural solutions with the aim of starting a discussion that will result in tangible responses to the difficulties of the seen and unforeseen disaster

journey to conquer cancer

  • Journey to Conquer Cancer – Road closure
    • A series of road closures will take place for this event on Sunday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the area bounded by McCaul Street to the west, Bloor Street to the north, Bay Street to the east and Gerrard Street to the south

This video presents “Offical Groundbreaking: York Quay”:

  • Watch as Waterfront Toronto, Harbourfront Centre and our government partners officially:
    • open the York Quay underground parking facility

    • break ground on a new landscape that is converting an asphalt parking lot into dynamic new public space

      • designed by renowned landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates (MVVA), the 1.4 hectare site includes two spectacular new plazas: Canada Square and Ontario Square

Harbourfront Centre's image: Ontario Square
Harbourfront Centre’s image: Ontario Square

Grand Opening of Ontario Square


June 23

2 pm

Located between York Quay Centre and Queen’s Quay Terminal
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West

  • With the Ontario boreal forest as its inspiration, Harbourfront Centre’s Ontario Square is an open public space for relaxing in the midst of 500 quaking aspen trees, taking in a daytime performance, or enjoying a quiet moment in the evening
  • Ontario Square is:
    • a new celebratory public space at the heart of Harbourfront Centre’s revitalized site

    • a large public plaza facing Queens Quay located directly above the parking garage along the north west end of the site

    • designed by renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates:
      • Ontario Square and two other public spaces – Canada Square and Exhibition Common – work together to give public access to the water’s edge and programming options for Harbourfront Centre

  • All are welcome to attend the grand opening by the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, and the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Music, dance, family activities and more to follow

This video presents “sherbourne cycle track November 2012”:

  • The City of Toronto is upgrading a number of bicycle lanes to cycle tracks
    • Cycle Tracks help keep bicycles and motor vehicles separate

  • This is the first section completed, on Sherbourne Street, between Bloor Street East and Gerrard Street East
  • Although the riding surface in this section is complete, some paint and signage have not yet been installed

City of Toronto's image: Map of Study Area, Route Options and Existing Connections
City of Toronto’s image: Map of Study Area, Route Options and Existing Connections

Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Track Study Including Wellington, Peter & Simcoe Street

Public Drop-In Meeting

June 25 – 26

Located in the rotunda of Toronto City Hall

City of Toronto is studying the potential for physically separated bicycle lanes (known as “cycle tracks”) between Bathurst Street to Sherbourne Street using Richmond, Adelaide and Wellington Street.

A Public drop-in event to discuss options for cycle tracks for Richmond Street, Adelaide Street and Wellington Street:

  • Cycle tracks are separated from motor vehicle traffic by a physical barrier such as planters, a concrete island or a curb to:
    • make cycling on the road safer, more comfortable and more inviting than mixed traffic lanes or painted bicycle lanes

    • be built as uni-directional or bi-directional

      • Uni-directional: One-way cycling on each side of a two-way road, or on one side of a one-way road

      • Bi-directional: Two-way cycling on one side of a one-way road

    • require more roadway space than conventional bike lanes with the following results:
      • vehicle travel/parking lanes will be reduced or removed

      • space for trees, planters, and other urban design elements improving the street for pedestrians

    • Toronto introduced its first cycle track last December along Sherbourne Street, between Bloor Street and King Street as the first phase of a 14-kilometre network of cycle tracks planned for the downtown area over the next few years

  • Information about potential options for cycle tracks on Richmond Street, Adelaide Street and Wellington Street in Toronto will be on display
    • June 25 at 6 p.m.:
      • A formal presentation of the information about the study

    • June 25 – 26
      • information will be on display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      • staff will be available to answer questions from 3 to 8 p.m
  • Information about options for a north-south cycling connection between the existing Beverly Street bike lanes and the waterfront using Peter Street or Simcoe Street will also be reviewed

Here ‘s the study schedule:

  • Summer 2013
    • Preferred Routes Decision (e.g. which streets to use, uni-directional and/or bi-directional)
  • A second public event will be hosted after the summer
  • Winter 2013
    • Bikeway Designs Recommendation (e.g. type of buffer/barrier, which side of the street, intersection treatments)
  • Early 2014
    • City Council design approval
    • Preliminary design for construction

You are invited to learn more and to share your insights and opinions at any time. For more info, please contact:

Jason Diceman
Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
City of Toronto Metro Hall, 19th Floor
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Tel: 416-338-1066
Fax: 416-392-2974

All submissions will be documented, reviewed by the project team and included in the project record.

Please click here for more info about the project .

Road Closure: Westbound traffic closed on Kingston Road from Victoria Park Avenue to Waverly Road

June 24 to December 2013

  • Eastbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane for the duration of the project
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times
  • Alternative routes for motorists include Danforth Avenue and Gerrard Street
  • Additionally, the City of Toronto recently introduced T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the City

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


June 19, 2013

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Four special events this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at

Port Union Village Waterfront Festival – Saturday closure
Port Union Road (south of Lawrence Avenue), from Shoalhaven Drive to Bridgend Street, will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate this event.

Thorncliffe Park’s 8th Annual Neighbours’ Night Out – Saturday closure
Overlea Boulevard, from Thorncliffe Park Drive West to Thorncliffe Park Drive East, will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fairbank Village BIA Multicultural Street Festival – Saturday and Sunday closure
Eglinton Avenue West, from Dufferin Street to Ronald Avenue, will be closed in both directions from Saturday, June 22 at 2 a.m. to Monday, June 24 at 2 a.m.

Journey to Conquer Cancer – Sunday closure
A series of road closures will take place for this event on Sunday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the area bounded by McCaul Street to the west, Bloor Street to the north, Bay Street to the east and Gerrard Street to the south.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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