Mark your calendar: The City of Toronto will be holding a virtual public meeting May 11 at 6:30 pm to review site design options for the new Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park. Register online at the City’s Wabash Community Centre project page.
The City and its architects, Diamond Schmitt, will unveil proposed plans for how the new centre will fit into the site. Because the programming plan requires more space than what is available at the site of the old Canada Linseed Mill property at 40 Wabash Avenue, there will be an impact on the park.
You can join the May 11 Zoom meeting by video or audio. The City will also be running a survey from May 5 to May 31. This is just one step in the public consultation process, as more consultations will be held as the design becomes more developed.
The Friends of Sorauren Park have advocated for retaining the Fieldhouse and the Town Square, site of the weekly Farmers Market, outdoor movies, community festivals, pumpkin sale fundraisers, ad hoc ball hockey and pickleball games, fitness classes, skateboarding, the best place to learn how to ride a bike in Toronto, and more. The community and the City have already invested more than $1 million in the Fieldhouse and Town Square.
FOSP also advocates for preserving trees (and replanting any that are lost), especially the groves that are special features of the park and that were planted or cared for by volunteers. FOSP also supports retaining the industrial heritage features of the linseed mill as much as possible. The community has supported these positions through FOSP-led community consultations and a survey.
Here are the key details for the City consultation from the Wabash Community Centre project page:
Virtual Public Meeting
- May 11, 2021
- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Attend the virtual public meeting to learn about the site design options and share your feedback.
Two ways to join:
- By calling 647-558-0588 and using meeting ID: 816 1425 3169. A participant ID is not required
May 5 to May 31, 2021
Complete the online survey to learn about the site design options and share your feedback.
A survey link will be posted on May 5, 2021.
You can also request a hard copy of the survey in the mail by calling 416-642-6605 or e-mailing email@example.com.