GPAC Meeting Minutes from April 17, 2015
Grange Park Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 17, 10:00-11:00 am
Art Gallery of Ontario
Rupert Duchesne, Co-Chair, AGO Vice-President
Councillor Adam Vaughan, Co-Chair
Max Allen, Vice President, Grange Community Association
Bev Carret, AGO
Lisa Clements, AGO
Ralph Daley, President, Grange Community Association
Brian Green, Toronto PFR
Mike Mahoney, AGO
Pesha McKendry, Representative of social housing residents
Mazyar Mortazavi, TAS DesignBuild
David Prendergast, Executive Director, University Settlement
Pearl Quong, Grange Community Association
Alex Shevchuk, Project Manager, Landscape Architecture Unit, Toronto PFR
Alan Simms, Interim Vice President, Finance and Administration, OCAD U
Matthew Teitelbaum, AGO
Ange Valentini, EA to Councillor Vaughan
John Burns, St George the Martyr Church
Ken Greenberg, AGO Consultant
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Honorary President, Grange Community Association
Margie Zeidler, Member at large
Approval of the minutes of March 21, 2014
Minutes were approved. No business arising.
Community Meeting – April 22
Matthew recapped the purpose of the community meeting:
- To update the community on the Grange Park revitalization project,
- To introduce them to the design concept
- To ask for their feedback
- To let them know next steps
GPAC members provided final comments on the information panels and meeting agenda that had been developed by the GPAC Communications team.
It was agreed that GPAC members will wear “Ask Me” buttons at the community meeting to indicate their involvement in the project.
Bev confirmed that the following vehicles have been set up for community feedback:
- Comment card that can be dropped off in the AGO main entrance
- Dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- “Contact Us” page on the Grange Park website
- Canada Post to the Grange Park Advisory Committee c/o AGO.
A deadline of May 10 has been set for community feedback to the Grange Park design concept.
Rupert noted that Greg Smallenberg from PFS Studio will be at the community meeting to present the design concept and to help field questions and comments. A separate meeting with Greg and GPAC members will be set up to review the design in more detail. Another GPAC meeting has been scheduled for May 22 to review the feedback received from the community.
Adam emphasized that he believes that the GPAC structure is a new model for the City to follow for the care of parks. To be effective, it requires the City, the AGO and the local neighbourhood to work together as a team in the best interests of Grange Park. Park advocates are watching closely and are hopeful that this structure can be used broadly.