Parks, Forestry & Recreation Enhanced Youth Spaces at LAMP RAY

Enhanced Youth Spaces are  positive and supervised spaces that are open to youth 5 – 6 days a week and include a range of amenities such as WiFi, couches, TVs, gaming consoles, foosball tables, pool tables, computers, recording studios, photography labs, and study spaces.

At Enhanced Youth spaces, youth will also have the opportunity to join some of Parks, Forestry and Recreations free programs that are tailored to youth interests. Some examples include Photography, Yoga, The Art DJ, Entrepreneurship, healthy cooking and Music Recording.

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday 3:00PM-9:00PM

Summer Camp Hours (July 5th-August 11th): Monday to Friday 12:00PM-5:00PM

 

Registration for the City of Toronto summer and after-school programs begins this weekend!

Etobicoke York registration for the City's summer swim and skate programs and After-school Recreation Care (ARC) programs will begin at 7:00AM on Saturday, June 3.

The City is committed to improving the registration experience: 

  • Extended customer service call centre hours on June 1, 2 and 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. will help people get ready to register. Call 416-338-4386.

  • Improvements have been made to the City website including easier navigation and more recreation planning tools.

Prior to registration day, residents are encouraged to get ready by following these steps:

Step 1: Get family and client numbers

Toronto residents need a family number and a client number for each family member. Call 416-338-4386 before registration day or speak with staff at a City community recreation centre to get these numbers.

Step 2: Choose programs

Visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or refer to the printed Spring/Summer FUN Guide to browse and choose programs. Residents are encouraged to have a few program choices for each person in case their preferred program is full.

Step 3: Register

Registration starts at 7 a.m. so be sure to have all of your program choices and payment options ready.  Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to register for programs.

Four ways to register:

  • Online at http://www.efun.toronto.ca

  • By phone. Touch Tone Registration (TTR) is available at 416-338-0000. Operator Assisted Registration is available at 416-338-4386.

  • In-person at select locations. A list of these locations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/registration, by calling 311 or by speaking to staff at a City community recreation centre. 

After-School Recreation Care (ARC) programs

Residents can register for ARC online, by phone, or in-person. Register in-person at any civic centre during regular business hours Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (On June 12, in-person registration will begin at 7 a.m.) For more information about ARC programs, visit http://www.toronto.ca/arc.

Summer camps

Registration for our summer camps is ongoing. The City of Toronto offers camps to suit all children's interests, needs and abilities at a reasonable cost. Registration for camps and a listing of Toronto recreation programs is available at http://toronto.ca/torontofun.
Call 416-338-4386 and speak to a customer service representative to find locations with available space.

Welcome Policy

Welcome Policy credits are available for residents with low incomes to register for City recreation programs. Anyone receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto is pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at http://toronto.ca/wp.

Older Adult Discount

Older adults (60 years and older) registering for adult programs receive a 50-per-cent discount in price.

Doors Open Toronto at 150 locations this weekend

The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns this weekend, May 27 and 28, offering free and rare access to 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. 

Many of this year's unique and unexplored spaces will host exhibitions, architectural talks and a music series. More than 10 walking tours are also available.

Most venues will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A list of locations and hours is available at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen.

Event updates will be available through social media throughout the weekend.

New Municipal Land Transfer Tax & Property Tax Calculators

 

Eliminate surprises with new City of Toronto tax calculators

Looking to buy a new home? Use the new Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT) and enhanced residential Property Tax calculators to get tax estimates instantly to help plan and budget for your next move.

These new calculators are available online and can be used anytime, anywhere. The MLTT calculator provides estimates for first-time home buyers, single family homes and all other properties. The enhanced Property Tax calculator provides a detailed estimate of the property taxes for residential properties and a breakdown of how your tax dollars are working for you. This is part of the City's commitment to modernizing services and improving customer experience.

For more information about Municipal Land Transfer Tax and/or Property Tax, visit toronto.ca/revenueservices.

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Toronto Pearson Airport Update

Construction Update:

Currently as of May 9, 2017, the GTAA remains on track to complete the first two phases of the runway rehabilitation project by mid-May, to avoid the summer months, at which point it will resume regular runway operations.  A third phase will be taking place in Fall 2017. 

Survey on Noise Fairness and Airport Growth:

This week Toronto Pearson launched an online public survey.  Its results will help inform its Residents' Reference Panel and will be shared with the public online.  Learn more and complete the survey here: TorontoPearson.com/RRP

Deadline extension for Toronto Airspace Review:

Due to increased interest in the Toronto Airspace Review, NAV CANADA has extended the deadline for public comment to May 31, 2017, to give increased opportunity for interested residents to submit their views and comments. Learn more and submit your comments here: TorontoAirspaceReview.ca

 

 

Gypsy Moth Control Program-Community Meeting

You are invited to learn more about the Gypsy Moth Control Program in the area of Kipling Avenue and Eglinton Avenue.

Toronto Urban Forestry staff have been monitoring the presence of the European Gypsy Moth city-wide.  The survey conducted in Ward 3 indicates that the population of this invasive insect has reached an outbreak level that can cause severe damage to the area's tree canopy.

City of Toronto staff will outline the proposed control program and answer any questions you may have at two information sessions. 

Etobicoke York Civic Centre Design Competition

On July 16th, 2016, City Council directed Build Toronto, in collaboration with City of Toronto Planning and Real Estate Services, to undertake a design competition for the potential relocation of the Etobicoke York Civic Centre, along with a business case analysis.

On April 25th the Competitors will present their designs at a public Open House to be held at 7:00 pm at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall.

Centennial Park Clean Up!

Join Our Place Initiative as they help make Centennial Park, Etobicoke's largest park spiffy.  They need as many volunteers as possible -- it's a BIG park! Treats and pizza will be available post clean up. Students can have volunteer hour sheets signed for school. Spread the word and meet them in the parking lot north of the conservatory. 

Eastbound ramp from Gardiner Expressway to York/Bay/Yonge Streets closed as of April 17 2017

The ramp from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to York, Bay and Yonge Streets will be closed permanently as of Monday, April 17 at 5 a.m. The ramp will be replaced with a shorter ramp from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe Street that will open in January 2018.

As part of the project, Harbour Street will be widened to four lanes from Lower Simcoe Street to Bay Street to accommodate traffic and improve pedestrian and cycling access to the waterfront.

During the construction work, motorists will still have full access to downtown by exiting the eastbound Gardiner Expressway at the Jameson Avenue, Spadina Avenue and Jarvis Street ramps. In addition, motorists will be able to access eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway ramp at Spadina Avenue beginning Monday, April 10. 

Harbour Street will be reduced to two lanes of traffic through the construction area. From May 1 to June 15, there will be periodic daytime (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) closures of the centre lane of Harbour Street from Lower Simcoe Street to Bay Street. These daytime closures will prevent the need for extensive overnight demolition work. 

To maintain traffic flow in the area, traffic signal timing on alternative routes will be adjusted to minimize congestion and enhanced signage will be installed to advise motorists of the ongoing work. Motorists should expect delays and plan routes accordingly.

The westbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway will not be affected by this construction.

Work on the project will take place Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Overnight work on weekends will take place to demolish portions of the structure over Lower Simcoe Street and York Street. Additional overnight work will be required over the course of the project.

 This work is taking place following an environmental assessment in 2013 that recommended the reconfiguration of the ramps in the area.

 More information about the ramp closure and construction plans are available in a backgrounder on the City's website at http://bit.ly/2oCtR2U.

 

Hearing more aircraft noise than usual?

Toronto Pearson is currently completing a rehabilitation project for Runway 05/23. This is the airport’s busiest runway, which has not required this type of work for over ten years, since 2005.

During construction, Runway 05/23 will be operating under limited capacity, meaning Toronto Pearson will need to use its North/South runways to accommodate traffic, which impact our community. The airport is working with its partners, including NAV CANADA, to encourage a balanced use of the available runways.

The construction is anticipated to be completed by mid-May to avoid the summer months and will resume in Fall 2017.

Residents with questions about airport operations or wanting to register a noise complaint can contact the Toronto Pearson Noise Management Office using any of the following means:

  • Online: Using WebTrak to investigate aircraft operations and register complaints, or our online Complaint Form.

  • Phone: (416) 247-7682

If you would like to stay in-the-know about airport events and activities and initiatives such as the Noise Mitigation Initiatives, sign-up for Toronto Pearson’s community newsletter Checking In at https://torontopearson.com/en/stayintheknow.

To learn more about the construction project, read the advisory posted here.

West Deane Park bank stabilization project

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with the City of Toronto, is undertaking bank stabilization and minor trail re-alignment works at two sites (Site 1 and Site 2) in the north end of West Deane Park. The purpose of these works will be to protect the multi-use trail and municipal infrastructure from the erosive forces of Mimico Creek.

We encourage you to check out TRCA's new webpage for this project where staff will be providing weekly progress updates.  It can be found at this link:

https://trca.ca/conservation/erosion-management/restore/west-deane-park/