Issues

WINTER 2018-19: Moore Park is a beautiful, friendly place. But like any neighbourhood, we have some issues. Below you’ll find a few that we are working on now. Have a neighbourhood issue you don’t see here?  contact us.

Moorevale Park and Clubhouse Improvements

Moorevale Park is expected to undergo significant improvements to the park, playground and splashpad areas in 2020. A major renovation of the Moorevale clubhouse is expected take place in 2019-20. Work on this building should be wrapped up in 8 to 12 months (by March 2020), then larger park work will likely begin in the spring of 2020 and last 6 to 8 months, weather depending.

The renovation of this building presents an opportunity to expand the use to include the wider Moore Park community in addition to the ongoing needs of the tennis club and the lawn bowling club. The MPRA welcomes the expansion of access to the building for the use of the Association and the community. There will be a common space with kitchenette and washrooms for events, celebrations or meetings (free reserved bookings of the space will be administered by the City).

We are grateful to Councillor Wong-Tam for her efforts to help make this project a reality, and we look forward to ongoing cooperation with the City and Councillor Layton to complete the park improvement and the building renovation projects.

 

Flooding, Erosion, Invasive Species, Habitat destruction:  Midtown Ravine Group

In our community, we all enjoy the benefits of the ravines. This unique urban forest watershed is home to abundant wildlife, and an oasis for citizens in North America’s fourth largest city. The ravine system is Toronto’s  ‘green infrastructure’ which provides economic, ecological and social benefits that are essential to our quality of life. However, after years of inattention, our ravines are in crisis.

The last several decades have witnessed uncontrolled growth of invasive species which undermine natural regeneration, and threaten biodiveristy and ravine health.The ravines have also suffered significant deterioration in recent years from inadequate maintenance and increasing erosion due to stormwater and extreme weather.

Our prime objectives are threefold: Remediation of the watershed to prevent further erosion, retention of the natural character of the ravines, and removal of invasive plants to restore the health of the ravine ecosystem.

A healthy and robust ecology of native trees, shrubs, groundcover, birds, reptiles, mammals, insects, fungi, etc. provides the necessary mutually supportive environment to withstand nature’s challenges. Without biodiversity, the ravines are not resilient. A significant loss of biodiversity results in a weakened ecosystem that becomes particularly vulnerable to disease, pests and extreme weather. Invasives such as Japanese Knotweed and Norway Maple choke out native plants and do not support biodiversity.

Erosion is the second element in ravine health deterioration. Aside from the loss of property, erosion threatens the plants and trees that stabilize the ravine slopes, further challenging the healthy regeneration of the forest. Toronto ravines still contain many “old growth” (>150 years) native trees. Many of these trees are struggling to survive, as a result of their toxic Norway Maple neighbours. Without human intervention, we risk losing these trees and their progeny, further threatening the ravine’s health, resilience and exposure to erosion.

In cooperation with four adjacent residents associations, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Forestry, the City and other stakeholder groups, the MPRA is part of the Midtown Ravines Group which is working hard on a pilot project in the Vale of Avoca, Yellow and Mud Creek. This project is part of a larger Ravine Strategy for Toronto. This work requires substantial long-term investment, both public and private.

Here’s a video celebrating the value of our Ravines.

What Can you do?

DONATE essential funds to the project through the University of Toronto’s Urban Forest Research Lab HERE.

Ravine property owners can REMOVE INVASIVE SPECIES on your properties, especially Japanese Knotweed, Dog Strangling Vine, Garlic Mustard and Norway Maple trees.

Road Safety – Vision Zero

Like many neighborhoods we have two high traffic arteries in Moore Park, Mount Pleasant Road and Moore Avenue. We advocate, with our neighbours in North Rosedale, for Vison Zero tools including school zone photo radar on Mt. Pleasant. We also advocate for City action and better enforcement to prevent dangerous driving on Moore Avenue, particularly at the approach to the Mt. Pleasant intersection from the east.