GRANGE PARK ADVISORY COMMITTEE (GPAC)

Community Newsletter

July 2010

GRANGE PARK NEWS

Upcoming Events – Don’t miss the Grange Festival in Grange Park

Friday August 6, 12 noon-4pm!

Grange Park will be the site of the Grange Festival which will celebrate 100 years of service by the University Settlement.  This family-friendly festival marks the legacy of the University Settlement’s community involvement and includes a special focus on settlement services, the arts and dance.

Free hot dogs and other refreshments will be provided for children under 13, and “1910” pricing for adults. Free games with great prizes, face painting, art and craft tables.  Entertainment will include the first ever Newcomer Idol contest, giant puppets and a magic show.  Don’t miss Master Cheng and the traditional Chinese Lion Dance at 1 pm.

For more information call Sangyel at 416-598-3444 ext 234. Sponsored by International Financial Data Services and Growing Up Healthy Downtown.

Repairs to The Grange house (AGO) and George Reid Wing (OCAD University – formerly Ontario College of Art & Design)

The two historic buildings – AGO’s Grange House and OCADU’s George Reid Wing, both at the north side of Grange Park, are undergoing much needed repairs this summer and fall.

For the George Reid Wing (just east of Grange House), the basement foundation is being repaired and water-proofed, the west portico is being restored, and the windows and doors are being replaced with historically accurate reproductions.  Work on the George Reid Wing has been underway for several weeks, and will be complete this fall.

Work on The Grange house will include chimney repair/ reconstruction, basement window reconstruction, wood soffit repair, and masonry cleaning.  The major focus will be to repair the crumbling brick foundation to the stone entrance portico.  Work on The Grange house is scheduled to begin in August and will require hoarding to be erected around the front of the building for safety purposes.  Work is anticipated to be completed by December 2010.

Art Gallery of Ontario – Renovation of its Education facilities

More construction is underway at the AGO, with the renovation of its Education facilities at the north-west end of the building.  The project, known as the Weston Family Learning Centre, will enable the Gallery to increase participation in art education for all ages, with dedicated spaces for art instruction, workshops and community-based exhibitions.  The centre will be a fully wireless, networked facility featuring broadcast and videoconferencing capabilities that will enable the Gallery to reach out to students and teachers in their classrooms through online interactive technologies, revolutionizing approaches to education.

During construction, fencing will be placed on portions of the sidewalk on the east side of Beverley Street, but pedestrian access will remain. The project will be completed by March 2011.

If you have any concerns about the AGO construction projects (The Grange house or Weston Family Learning Centre), please contact the AGO Neighbours Hotline at 416-979-6660 ext 312.

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GRANGE PARK ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATES

The Grange Park Advisory Committee (GPAC) is pleased to share the following update on its initiatives since the Committee began its work in July 2008.

  • A comprehensive audit of Grange Park’s natural environment was undertaken by PMA Landscape Architects in January 2009, assessing the health of the park’s trees, soil and natural drainage.  The study includes a profile on each of the park’s 160+ trees.
  • GPAC prepared a Design Brief (vision document) for Grange Park, in consultation with the local neighbourhood.
  • A Grange Park website was launched – www.grangeparktoronto.ca – providing easy access to the design brief and the Grange Park audit, as well as minutes to GPAC meetings and information on the history of Grange Park.
  • The first maintenance initiative – mulching all the trees in Grange Park – was undertaken in December to protect exposed tree roots, decompact the soil and keep more moisture in the ground during the hot summer months.  We are very grateful to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for providing funding for this work.
  • GPAC also provided input to the guidelines being used to issue permits to use the park, for filming and other purposes.



All of these initiatives are in preparation for a comprehensive revitalization of Grange Park based on the Design Brief. The project includes the expansion of the Grange Park to encompass 4 Grange Road and a link to Butterfield Park at OCAD University.  The Art Gallery of Ontario has committed to finding funding for this project and we hope to share more information later this year.

Members of the Grange Park Advisory Committee:

Members Resource Persons and Alternates
Rupert Duchesne, AGO – GPAC Co-Chair Peter Couto, GCA alternate
Councillor Adam Vaughan – GPAC Co-chair Ken Greenberg, AGO resource
Mary Battaglia, City of Toronto Parks Mike Mahoney, AGO alternate
John Burns, St. George the Martyr Church Derek Parcher GCA alternate
Peter Caldwell, OCAD Netami Stuart, City of Toronto Parks resource
Bev Carret, AGO
Mazyar Mortazavi, member-at-large
Debbie McGuinness, Grange Community Association (GCA)
Pat McKendry, resident, social housing and co-ops
Marguerite Newell, GCA
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, GCA
Debra Shime, University Settlement
Mathew Teitelbaum, AGO
Margie Zeidler, member-at-large

Vision for Grange Park:

“To undertake a restoration and revitalization plan that will make Grange Park green, strikingly beautiful, resilient, sustainable and accessible. To create a park that is interactive as well as a place for contemplation. To create a park that welcomes all neighbours, residents and visitors to our community by utilizing design excellence, state of the art conservation techniques and outstanding works of art.”

Visit the Grange Park website – www.grangeparktoronto.ca – to learn more about Grange Park and its revitalization project.  Share your comments, feedback and suggestions with us!