Monday June 19, 2017
Councillor Mark Grimes
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street
Re: Concerns about vehicle and cyclist traffic in Colonel Samuel Smith Park
We are writing to you this morning with concerns we the New Toronto-Lakeshore Village Residents Association have regarding vehicles in Colonel Samuel Smith Park and cyclist speed in the park.
We have witnessed and taken pictures of several vehicles driving out on the spit that juts out into the lake on the east side of the park.
On the Victoria Day weekend a gentleman drove his Hummer to the point for a picnic with his family! We encourage the picnicking, but would like the vehicles left in the parking lot. This gentleman gained access to the park from the southeastern entrance off Lakeshore Drive. There used to be a metal pole at this entrance that would prohibit large vehicles, but was removed over a year ago now. We would like to see this post reinstalled.
The second concern we have is motorized bikes, scooters and motorcycles people are riding in the park. We would like to see clear signage informing the public that “no motorized” vehicles are allowed in the park unless the individual has mobility issues.
Thirdly we would like to see signs posted informing cyclist that the speed limit in the park is 20 km. per hour.
RE: Vehicle Traffic in CSS Park
I just wanted to provide you with a brief update regarding the concerns that you brought to the Councillor's attention about Colonel Samuel Smith Park.
The in ground bollards on either side of Colonel Samuel Smith Park off Lake Promenade and Twenty Third Street were removed in December 2016 at the request of Transportation Services to accommodate the council approved cycling infrastructure winter snow and ice clearing initiative along the waterfront trail.
Work orders have already been raised to install p-gates at both these locations which can be opened during the winter and closed the remainder of the year.
In addition "No Unauthorized Vehicles Permitted" signs were installed this morning.
Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the Councillor.
Planning & Business Specialist
Office of Councillor Mark Grimes
Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Suite C48
Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2