Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Walk Through Deekshill Park

Deekshill Park is one of the more beautiful spots in West Hill, with one of the worst reputations. A woman was raped there two years ago and local residents were reluctant to walk through the quiet forest due to rowdy teens drinking on the bank of the small stream that ran through the woods.

Uncared for, the Park was strewn with refuse including discarded tires, supermarket buggies, lawn chairs, plastic bags and other garbage.

Concerned, the Coronation Community Association of West Hill approached City Councilor Ron Moeser who had a team from Toronto Parks in to clean it up. The CCA also approached Police Superintendent Gottschuck who has increased patrols in the Park area.

The result has been a transformation of this 6 acre jewel back to being one of the most lovely areas of natural woodland in the City.

Have a look at the following video and then take a walk through the park yourself. We need to start to use this area both more frequently and more responsibly or risk loosing it.

Deekshill is located south of Lawrence and east of Morningside off Link Road in West Hill.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Historic Millie's House Sold

Historic Millie's House and Millie's Billiards have been sold to a developer. The deal includes the parking lot behind the House.

Originally purchased by a developer, it us now rumoured to have been quickly resold to Habitat for Humanity.

If so this will make this the fourth Habitat project in our community, The first Habitat development was built beside the new Library on Lawrence. The second was on Kingston Rd in a vacant lot across from Pazac where it is nearing completion. This development was the first brick development by habitat in Toronto. The third was the controversial development that saw one of West Hill's last wild places destroyed, 2000 trees cut down and the earth excavated down to a depth of 3 feet, on Manse Road at Lawrence. Construction is soon slated to begin on this site.

Millie's would be the fourth.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

43 Division 3rd Annual BBQ and Open House

On Saturday May 10th the 43 Division Toronto Police Station held their 3rd annual open house, sponsored by the Community Police Liaison Committee. The day featured a free barbecue, four different bands in concert, an antique fire truck, antique ambulance from the days when the Toronto ambulance service was operated by funeral parlors, face painting, a tour of the new station and many other events.

Other community groups such as the Toronto Zoo, the Coronation Commuity Association of West Hill, Residents Rising Community Association, Manse Valley Community Association and Storefront featured displays. The Chief of Police for the city also attended.

If you missed the day here is a short view of what you missed. If you attended, perhaps the following video will bring back some memories--