Fairmount Park set for a refresh

The Lost Boys play at the Fairmount Park farmer's on July 24. PHOTO: Andrew Hudson
The Lost Boys play at the Fairmount Park farmer's on July 24, 2015. PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

Planned improvements to Fairmount Park were revealed late last month at a community meeting hosted by the City of Toronto at the Fairmount Park Community Centre.

As part of the city’s ongoing state of good repair maintenance budget and capital work schedule, the park will see several improvements made over the next few years.

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon said work will begin in the fall on the sports field at the park and that in 2017 the tennis courts and wading pool area will be updated.

“The tennis courts are not in the best shape,” she said. “They’re five undersized courts, so we’re looking at putting in four full-size courts.”

The ice masters who run the outdoor rink were part of those in attendance at the Feb. 23 meeting, as were Friends of Fairmount Park Market, the Fairmount Park adopt-a-tree group, Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association members, and people connected to Bowmore Public School.

The budget for the combined two phases of improvements, part of the city’s $3 million allocated for asphalt items across the whole city, is $550,000. The work has not yet been put out to tender.

McMahon added that she brought up updating the park’s play structure, but that it would be considered further in the future if it was something the community wanted to move forward with.

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