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GPAC Meeting Minutes from August 6, 2015

Grange Park Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, August 6, 2015   4:00-5:30 pm

Art Gallery of Ontario



Councillor Joe Cressy (Co-Chair), Ward 20

Ralph Daley, (Co-Chair) Grange Community Association

Rupert Duchesne, (Co-Chair) AGO

Max Allen, Grange Community Association

Bev Carret, AGO

Lisa Clements, AGO

Peter Couto, GCA

Aisha Green, University Settlement

Joan Heeler, St. George the Martyr Church

Patricia Jacobs, University Settlement

Sandy Ladouceur, AGO

Mike Mahoney, AGO

Pesha McKendry, Representative of social housing residents

Mazyar Mortazavi, TAS Design Build (member-at-large)

Vanessa Nicholas, OCAD University

Katie Nikota, Toronto PFR

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, GCA

Alex Shevchuk, Toronto PFR

Eric Stadnyk, Toronto PFR

Peter White, Toronto PFR

Margie Zeidler, UrbanSpace (member-at-large)



Approval of the minutes of May 21, 2015

Minutes were approved.


Business Arising from the minutes

Joe confirmed that City Council adopted on June 10 the amendment to the designating bylaw for The Grange and Grange Park as heritage properties. Five heritage attributes were identified for Grange Park:


Ralph thanked Joe for his leadership in finalizing the amendment and bringing it to City Council.

Project Update

Mike advised the meeting that design details are being documented for inclusion in the request for proposal (RFP) for the project. Approvals are proceeding with the City. Outstanding items for City approval relate to accessibility, children’s play area, forestry and heritage. When all outstanding items are addressed, the General Manager of Parks will provide a final letter of approval for the project to proceed.


Earthscape, an award winning design-build Ontario company, has been engaged to construct the play equipment. Earthscape will ensure the play equipment adheres to all CSA and accessibility standards. GPAC congratulated Mike on the attention that has gone into the design and construction of the play equipment.


Henry Moore in Grange Park

Rupert confirmed that the AGO Board of Trustees gave its support on June 24 to pursue the proposal to move the Henry Moore sculpture Large Two Forms to Grange Park. Since the city’s heritage by-laws do not allow the placement of the sculpture at the top of the John Street promenade, the AGO approached the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which has a number of Moore works set in natural settings, to recommend areas in Grange Park to install the sculpture. On July 9, the AGO submitted a location proposed by Yorkshire to City Parks for review and feedback. Based on GPAC feedback to the City submission, the AGO also investigated other possible sites in the park for the sculpture.

Mike presented 4 options for feedback at the meeting:

GPAC provided its endorsement (with two voting members in opposition) to move Henry Moore’s Large Two Forms to Grange Park. GPAC selected two site options to submit to the City for review and feedback:

GPAC agreed meet before the end of September to review the City’s assessment of both locations and select the site they wish to endorse for the sculpture.


Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA)

Joe advised the meeting that based on strong positive response received by the community, he will support the inclusion of a dog off-leash area in the south-west corner of Grange Park. He will continue to work with GPAC and the community to address concerns, such as tree protection, ground surface and hours of operation. Images of the DOLA design will be shared at the next GPAC meeting.


Communications with the community

(Item deferred to the next meeting)


Other Business


GPAC endorsed that the requirement to include inscriptions in up to 12 paving stones should be identified in the rfp for the project.  A sub-committee, consisting of Ceta, Max and Pesha, was struck to bring forward recommended inscriptions for GPAC’s consideration.