Brimley Woods is an 8.1 hectare public park located at Brimley Rd., north of Finch Ave. E. The park is heavily wooded and is maintained by the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division. My office has received complaints concerning recent changes and maintenance in the public park.
Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff removed the bollards that surround the park in the past year. Bollards are posts 3-5 m in height that provide a visual border around an area to define geographic space. I asked the Parks Supervisor for our area to consult the community in the future before making such drastic changes. This does not mean that staff needs to consult the community concerning routine park maintenance however.
The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is working on behalf of the City of Toronto to remediate the trails in Brimley Woods. The work was scheduled for late fall 2014 and will continue into 2015 as inclement weather and wet ground conditions have delayed progress on this remediation project.
The TRCA will make the trails more sustainable by replacing the wood chips that comprise the pathway with granular material. This results in trails that are maintenance-free and that stay dry through most of the year because of improved drainage.
Wood chips break down and need to be replaced regularly. They also scatter as the trail is used, which increases the trail’s footprint and its impact on the environment. The trails will also be re-graded, narrowed and re-routed as part of this work.
Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff is tasked with making improvements to the City of Toronto’s parks. They are also trained and qualified in park maintenance. Much of this work has to be scheduled and carried out based on weather conditions and the availability of funding.