Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SUMMARY: MINUTES FOSS STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING, JANUARY 25TH, 2016



Summary: FOSS Steering Committee Meeting     
January 25, 2016
7:12 PM, LAMP, 185 5th Street, Etobicoke
  •  FOSS's ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING is scheduled for March 1, 2016 at LAMP (see above for address). New volunteers and anyone concerned about the present facilities and the future welfare of the park are very welcome to attend. Take this opportunity to obtain/renew your FOSS membership.
  • PHOTO EXHIBITION: Having received endorsement from the City, FOSS will mount a photo exhibition at the Assembly Hall during October 2016. TOPICS: Natural Elements in Colonel Sam Smith Park (Maximum of 2 images per person; framed 8” x 10” prints; frames must possess their own wiring). Entrants will be charged a minimal fee. Opening night reception and speaker. See the FOSS web site for updates as they become available
  • SPRING BIRD FESTIVAL: Scheduled for May 28, 10AM-2PM at Colonel Sam Smith Park. Bird walks. Face painting. Build bird feeders and swallow boxes. Prizes and more. Keep checking the FOSS web site for further details.
  • BIRD FEEDER PROJECT: FOSS has erected bird feeders in the area behind the Power House and plans to maintain them during the December-March skating season. Volunteers are required to fill the feeders. Initial funding for this project was provided by a grant from the Weston Foundation. Contact FOSS (see web site) if you wish to participate.
  • Representatives from the FOSS Steering Committee attended the ETOBICOKE PARK FORUM on December 12, 2015 at Etobicoke City Hall to share/gather information related to park improvement.
  • FOSS is pleased to report that Colonel Sam Park has been officially designated as an Environmentally Significant Area (ESA). FOSS continues to lobby for the inclusion of two additional areas bordering the park. These areas are presently being evaluated and their fate will not be announced until the fall of 2016. For more information, see the following web site:
http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=68fd811f23248410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
  • CSSP supporters/users should report all instances of graffiti/vandalism/illegal dumping of waste/illegal parking/off leash dog infractions to 311. The city's response is "complaint driven".
  • Dog Park Improvements: FOSS has learned that its lobbying efforts for improvements to the dog park have been thwarted. The Water Treatment Plant administration controls the land in that area and will not allow the planting of additional trees. HOWEVER, in response to a recent letter sent by FOSS to Councillor Mark Grimes, the Councillor has indicated that he will consider improvements to the Dog Park as part of the 2016 budget. FOSS’s letter will be forwarded to the supervisor of parks
  • New FOSS web site on line: <>. Links directly to the blog spot.
  • FOSS Membership Renewals: See web site for membership form. Present members are encouraged to renew and individuals on FOSS’s contact list are welcome to join.

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