Update: Withrow Park OLA – Parks Meeting

Sandy Straw, Manager of Parks for the Toronto and East York District has sent this update to Councillor Fletcher.

"August 9, 2011

Dear Withrow Park Community

Re:  Withrow Park Off-Leash Area improvements

As promised at our very productive meeting of June 23, 2011, staff has carefully reviewed the ideas and comments from the meeting and from the various emails we received from those who could not attend. You are truly an

engaged community and we are grateful for your input, your dedication and for some of you – your patience!

Consideration has been given to the feedback we have received and attached is the revised drawing of the Off-Leash Area. We are confident that the key issues identified by the community have been captured.  Below are some of the changes that have been included:

  • The naturalized area to be included as part of the Dogs Off Leash Area
  • The fence proposed for the western side is relocated further east away from Logan Avenue.
  • Additional gates have been included to allow access from all directions
  • Invasive trees and plant material, including Burdock, has been removed from naturalized area

Construction is tentatively scheduled to commence the week of August 29, 2011. Signage will be posted at Withrow Park regarding alternative off-leash locations while Withrow is under renovations.

Parks staff will be working with Councillor Fletcher’s office and members of the Withrow Dog Owners Association to organize an official re-opening of the Dogs Off-Leash area in the fall of 2011.  Further information regarding the event will be forthcoming.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone for their continued interest in Withrow Park and for their input and suggestions.  It is our hope that with these changes all members of the community will enjoy their park to the fullest. 

If you require further information, please contact Mark Hawkins at 416-392-6828. 


Sandy Straw
Manager of Parks

Toronto and East York District"



Public Information Meeting

The off leash area at Withrow Park will be undergoing site improvements. City of Toronto representatives are hosting a public information update meeting to:

•  Review proposed site improvements
•  Receive comment/input from the public
•  Discuss next steps

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Date: Thurs., June 23, 2011
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Frankland Community Centre
Room A/B, 81 6 Logan Ave.

If ASL Interpreting or Attendant Care Services are required, please contact Effie Roustas at 416-392-0582 or [email protected] by June 20th, 2011.

For further information, contact:
Mark Hawkins, Parks General Supervisor
416-392-6828 or [email protected]

Please leave your pet at home.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

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