Friends of Sam Smith Park, along with many others, has long called for the Power House to be used by city students as a center for interpretative activities that could take advantage of the learning potential offered by the park's natural environment. A working group from FOSS put our ideas into a letter that was recently delivered to Laurel Broten, Etobicoke-Lakeshore's Provincial Member of Parliament and former Minister of the Environment for Ontario.
The letter can be seen on this blog at WE NEED A VISION FOR THE POWER HOUSE
She replied to that letter late last week and more details about that will follow. A quick look at the concluding part of her response, quoted below, indicates that there is wide encouragement for looking at different, more compatible, ways of using that facility other than the one currently proposed by our Councillor and city staff and whatever else might follow if an active recreation/entertainment toehold is established in that building and surrounding, naturalized area.
"FOSS is a valued stakeholder in Etobicoke-Lakeshore and I am well aware of your organization's community-based mandate to protect, enhance and preserve the Lakeshore Grounds in South Etobicoke. I will be pleased to support such a proposal." Laurel Broten, MPP, Etobicoke-Lakeshore.