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The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation have issued a Request for Proposal (RPF) in order to obtain a new bicycle rental concession for Ashbridges Bay Park. Those interested in operating a concession have been asked to download and submit an RFP to the city by April 7, 2017 at 12 p.m. According to the RFP document, the successful proponent will be offered a license agreement for a term of five years beginning May 1 and ending October 31 each year. There will be no right of renewal and a new RFP will be issued following the five-year term. Visit or email for more information.

Construction at Victoria Park and Gerrard is set to continue until late spring, six months later than initially planned.

Part of the 2015 capital works program, the watermain replacement work began in fall of 2015. It was first scheduled to be completed Jan. 30, but according to a recent city notice, due to unforeseen circumstances, the work is now scheduled to end May 31.

“Transmission watermains carry water from treatment plants to distribution mains on various streets and run deeper than standard service watermains. Their replacement can be complex, time consuming work,” reads the recent notice from ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon.

“This project also faced some challenges as the contractor discovered abandoned utilities on both Victoria Park Ave. and Gerrard St. E. which needed to be addressed before the main work could proceed. Also, when testing the pressure in new portions of the main, a leak was detected and it was repaired.”

The project is replacing hundreds of metres of nearly 80-year-old transmission watermain that is 1.8 feet in diameter with a new main that is 2.5 feet wide.

The True Davidson Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to help provide mid-day meals to residents in the Beaches and East Toronto area. Deliveries are made between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday to Friday. For information on this and many other volunteer opportunities, visit

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