South End Reconstruction on Roncesvalles

The TTC will be reconstructing the intersection at King / Queen / Roncesvalles / Queensway (KQRQ) this year. The construction will take place in three phases as outlined below. This is a joint project by the TTC, Toronto’s Transportation Services and Water Division.

Map showing location of construction planned for 2019 on and near the intersection or Roncesvalles Ave., Queen Street West, King Street West and The Queensway.

Overall Scope of work – Starting in April 2019

  • As part of the state of good repair work, the aging sewer and track around the intersection needs to be replaced
  • Relocating the eastbound centre platform streetcar stop to the far side of the intersection
  • Realigning the King Street West leg to create a better intersection angle and increase green space
  • Modifying / constructing street car platforms at Glendale Avenue
  • Continue the bump-out treatment on Roncesvalles at this intersection

As part of the Sunnyside Community Association area traffic study that was completed in 2008, the city will also be:

  • Modifying the signal at Glendale Avenue and Queensway
  • Adding dedicated eastbound – left – turn lanes at Sunnyside Avenue, Glendale Avenue, and The Queensway
  • Signalizing intersection at Sunnyside and The Queensway
  • Modifying the streetcar track vertical alignment (slope at Claude Avenue that will visually and physically enhance the existing right-in / right-out at Claude Avenue)

At the same time that the road is closed, the TTC will be modifying Roncesvalles Ave with small adjustments to the Bump Outs and Streetcar Platforms from Marion St. to Boustead Ave. so they are in compliance with AODA legislation and support smooth operation of the ramps on streetcars. March 31st to August 4, 2019.

Time Line

This work will take place in three main stages.

  • Stage 1: Roncesvalles (from Harvard to The Queensway / Queen Street West)
    • March 31st, 2019 to August 4, 2019
  • Stage 2: Queen Street West and The Queensway (Sunnyside to Triller)
    • August 4, 2019 to Winter 2020
  • Stage 3: The Queensway (Parkside to Sunnyside)
    • April 2019 to October 2019

Road Closures

  • Roncesvalles will be closed to Thru-Traffic (not local traffic) March 31 to August 4 2019
    • Grafton Ave Closed (Traffic must circulate using Laneway to Harvard Avenue
    • Access to Queen Street Laneway Closed
    • 1 Lane to remain open on Harvard Avenue at all times
    • Bump-out retrofit to coincided during this time
  • South Side of the Queensway (Parkside Bridge to Sunnyside) April 10 to August 4 2019
    • Access to Toronto Pump Station required at all times
    • Southside Parkside Bridge to coincide during this stage
    • Cross Over required at Colborne Lodge
  • Full King – Queen – The Queensway – Roncesvalles intersection closure August 4 to October 7 2019
    • Queensway to be local access only to Glendale
    • Intersection opens October 8 (All legs of the intersection open, reduced lanes East and West)

This project has been anticipated since the reconstruction of the top end of Roncesvalles that was completed in 2011. It will improve public transportation and realm, pedestrian environment, and traffic circulation in this area. The Roncesvalles Village BIA and Parkdale Village BIA will be working together to mitigate the impact of the construction on our businesses and their customers.

More details on each phase of construction will be provided as we approach the specific dates. There will also be a link for this project on Councillor Gord Perk’s and the City’s websites.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Councillor Gord Perks’ Office 
Ward 4 Parkdale – High Park at 416-392-7919, or by fax at 416-392-0398.
twitter: @gordperks  Facebook: @GordPerks

Sidewalk Café & Marketing Display Bylaw Review

Sidewalk Café & Marketing Display Bylaw Review: Public Consultation

From the City of Toronto:

“In addition to the presentation by Municipal Licensing & Standards and Public Realm at the Interdepartmental meeting on January 15, 2019, the general public will be invited to attend the City’s public consultation on the Sidewalk Cafés & Marketing Displays Bylaw Review on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 4, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of this review is to harmonize the bylaw so that consistent standards are applied across the City. As part of the review, the City is proposing updated fees, as well as new standards and options for marketing displays and sidewalk cafés (for example, curbside cafés and parklet cafés).

We are also writing to you today in hopes that you can help us promote this consultation among your network, who may be interested to provide their input. Please find below a short article for either your website or newsletter and sample social media posts that you can use to help promote this.

Thank you for helping us to raise awareness of this important event.

More information on the Sidewalk Cafés & Marketing Displays Review is available on the City of Toronto website.”

Please click here for more information

 

Get Ready For the Holidays on RONCY!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE RONCESVALLES VILLAGE BIA

—– GET READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON RONCY —–
HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS & ACTIVITIES ALL SEASON LONG
SPOT THE RONCY REINDEER HOLIDAY CONTEST
Throughout December…
Spot, Snap & Share a photo of a reindeer from a Roncesvalles shop window or winter garden for a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates.

Roncy Reindeer Contest

SPOT THE RONCY REINDEER HOLIDAY CONTEST

Tag it #roncyreindeer on Instagram and Facebook
Or send it to roncyreindeer@nullroncesvallesvillage.ca
For contest details visit roncesvallesvillage.ca/roncyreindeer

JOIN THE FAMILY FUN TIME AND COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING

Saturday, December 1 — 4:00 to 5:30 pm
at the Roncesvalles United Church
Roncesvalles & Wright Avenue

Want to be a part of the tree lighting? Head to the High Park Library and ask for an outline of our very own High Park library from the front desk; colour it in and add a reindeer or holiday decorations and lights to the picture and hand it back in. Add your name and number and you’ll be automatically entered into a random draw to select the one to help with the tree lighting Saturday, December 1ST AT 5PM at the Roncesvalles United Church!

Presented by
the Roncesvalles United Church, Scooter Girl, Home Smith, Sweetpea’s, Pollock Home Hardware and the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) with thanks to the West Toronto Community Choir

New Mural at Garden and Roncesvalles Nearing Completion

For the last four month, during a record heat wave followed by a week of rain, we have watched the creation of a new mural on a large 24 foot by 106 foot wall at the corner of Garden and Roncesvalles Avenue. Locals, visitors and users of the bordering Bike Share Station have seen the brightly coloured elements and symbols emerging amidst scaffolds and tents, accompanied by buskers and a growing contingent of sparrows and fellow urban creatures. Local mural artist Jim Thierry Bravo has completed his portion. Lead artist Philip Cote and his assistant Nelly Torossian continue to work hard to complete the remaining third of the mural, encouraged by the positive response of enthusiastic onlookers.

Official Launch and Ribbon Cutting for New Mural at Garden & Roncesvalles Avenue

Artists Philip Cote & Jim Thierry Bravo will be present

WHEN: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12 noon
WHERE: 149 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto

Join us and share the event on  Facebook.

Woodland Style fish and moose by mural artist Philip Cote.

Detail of 8th Fire Mural in progress at Garden and Roncesvalles by lead artist Philip Cote and local artist Jim Thierry Bravo. This section accounts for 1/15th of the wall.

The design concept of the mural reflects the thematic framework set out by our BIA’s Street Advisory Committee. These themes include: Nature in the City, the Urban Community, and the interconnected concepts of Legacy, Sustainability and Stewardship.

We have stories of prophets who came to the people a millennium ago to give visions of the future that would come in stages called the Seven Fires. In recent times there has been a talk of an Eighth Fire in which the ancestor prophets say that to light the Eighth Fire Indigenous People will come forward with their knowledge connecting with the western knowledge and from this union a new people will emerge lighting the Eighth and final Fire. This will begin the golden age of peace.

My work reflects this same importance of sharing the story of ancient Anishinaabe footsteps that crossed Roncesvalles in days gone by. It’s inspiring to know that we the Anishinaabe Peoples are still here sharing stories/oral histories much as our ancestors did for thousands of years and thus bringing the values of our culture into the present day …

~ Philip Cote

Learn more at roncesvallesvillage.ca/8thfire.