We held a standing room only meeting at the Dufferin/Davenport Community Centre to discuss improvements to our local parks. More than 30 residents participated in a discussion on long and short term opportunities for improvement. Councillor Cesar Palacio discussed his long term strategy for leasing the hydro-owned lands to create a continuous park. Helena Grdadolnik, local architect, described the “Green Line” concept and ideas competition. Representatives from the City and Parks Department discussed how projects are prioritized and funded across the city. Several attendees discussed ways to access funding from organizations such as Parks and Trees Foundation, as well as private-sector funders. Several attendees emphasized that shorter term objectives should also be targeted, including improving the decades-old playground equipment at several of our local parks. Councillor Doug Ford joined the meeting, and offered a $5,000 “seed donation” to kick-start a fundraising effort with private sector businesses. We agreed to form a sub-committee to focus on playground improvements to discuss the various options open. Read more in the Toronto Star.