What’s Going On At Churchill Park?
As I’ve been out canvassing in the Westdale neighbourhood near Churchill Park, so many people have asked me if I know what’s going on in the Park, given all of the fencing.
In short, the work underway is a result of the Churchill Park Management Plan process which began in 2010 with the final plan approved in 2014. After considerable public consultation, a plan for the Park was put forward to address some outstanding concerns and provide direction on how the Park would evolve in the years to come.
The perimeter fencing and digging of the soil is a response to the pooling of water due to a soil base, which is mostly clay. This water has been eroding the adjacent ravine slopes and negatively impacting the water quality of Cootes Paradise Marsh due to an overwhelmed combined sewer system. The goal is to provide layers of gravel and other natural materials that are permeable, allowing water to penetrate and drain into the soil. This preliminary work is required to enable the city to proceed with the accessible pathways that are part of the Master Plan.