November update – New Park for Downsview, Shops at Wilson Open + more!

November update – New Park for Downsview, Shops at Wilson Open + more!

11.22.2017 | News, Newsletters

New Park for Downsview
A new municipal park is coming to Downsview next year. In the new Stanley Greene neighbourhood, a municipal park has been planned. With the input of local residents the park will have many features including dog off leash area, water play area, tennis/basketball court, adult fitness, skateboard park, sheltered pavilion/picnic area. Check out the preview pic.

Aptus & Mossie Park Awarded Trillium Funding
Aptus Teaching Landscape and Friends of de Havilland ‘Mossie’ Park were recently awarded this prized grant for 3 years. This means that the park will be able to program everything from more community events to vocational programs for youth, seniors-specific programs and then community gardening for all on Saturdays. Read more about the grant here. Congratulations!

Jane/Wilson Corner Rejuvenation
I have been working closely with staff to rejuvenate this corner and recently a beautiful seating area and pedestrian walkway was put in. Check out some of the pics here.

Shops At Wilson Station Now Open
What was an underutilized piece of land is now a premium pedestrian-friendly shopping zone in Downsview. Everything from Starbucks to Vivo Pizza and Pasta to shops for new parents and more. Additionally, a sheltered bike maintenance/repair/parking station is there as well as enhanced access to Wilson Station. Check out the grand opening pics here

Also you can still apply for a job at one of the new shops at the online Job Fair. Click here for more.

Humber River Hospital Gets North America’s Second Digital Command Centre
The first of its kind in Canada and second in North America, Humber River Hospital now has a state-of-the-art, digitally-advanced “Command Centre” that uses complex algorithms, predictive analytics and cutting-edge engineering to target improved clinical, operational and patient outcomes. The heart of the 4,500 square-foot Command Centre is a GE Healthcare Partners Wall of Analytics that processes real-time data from multiple source systems across the hospital. All this means better service for Downsview Residents. Learn more here. Watch the promo video here.

Northwood and Grandravine Pools
Indoor aquafitness is an important activity for many. However we lack an indoor facility in our community until a new community centre is built. However I have asked staff to explore the possibility of enclosing one of our existing pools until we get a new facility. The idea was adopted at Council and I will keep you updated. Details here.  Watch my comments here.

Pumpkin Parade for Downsview Pics
2 Pumpkin Parades were held in Downsview  this year. Despite the cold and rain, Friends of Mossie Park and Friends of Roding Park  offered up fun times, treats and fantastic pumpkin designs. Check out the pics here.

Downsview Library Digital Hub Pics
Last month, the Downsview Library Digital Hub opened. It offers everything from 3D printing courses to robotics to virtual reality. Check out the pics of the features and grand opening here

So You Think You Can Spell?
Downsview residents ages 6-14 have been invited to participate in the Spelling Bee of Canada regional championship 2018. Deadline for registration is December 31. Improve English skills in spelling, comprehension and communication, build self-confidence and self-esteem and gain Experience public speaking. Click here for registration info.

Are You Recycling Correctly?
The City of Toronto continues to see a significant amount of garbage and other non-recyclable materials in the Blue Bin recycling program. When residents put a Blue Bin out for collection that contains too many non-recyclable items, the materials cannot be sorted and can ruin perfectly good recycling that must be sent to landfill. If you have things in your recyling that do not belong there, the City of Toronto is running a program where they may issue a tag on your bin if you aren’t recycling right.

To avoid getting tagged, here’s what you can do to recycle right:

• Ask the Waste Wizard online at
• Refer to your Recycling Calendar & Guide to learn what belongs in your Blue Bin, your Green Bin or garbage, or call 311.
• Empty and rinse food containers before tossing them in your Blue Bin and put any food scraps in your Green Bin.
• Donate items in good condition, such as used clothes, shoes, blankets, and curtains, to not-for-profit agencies (visit
• Avoid putting black plastic of any kind in your Blue Bin, such as food containers, packaging, coffee lids or plastic garbage bags. These belong in your garbage bin.
• Visit to learn more.