We have a new Deck!

The series of undulating boardwalks on the Central Waterfront have a new addition — the spectacular Simcoe WaveDeck that opened June 12, with representatives of Waterfront Toronto and three levels of government at the ribbon-cutting.
The first deck at the bottom of Spadina was completed last summer. A third deck is underway at Rees Street. These unique decks open up the areas at the water’s edge, with benches for relaxation and structural curves that will build up leg muscles in those who climb on them. They are the brainchild of architects from West 8 in Rotterdam and du Toit Allsopp Hillier in Toronto.

We are now waiting for the much touted redesign of Queens Quay with wide sidewalks, bicycle lanes and street furniture. YQNA hopes construction will begin soon and take precedence over other Waterfront developments.


Illegal parking on Queens Quay

It is always disappointing for residents to see cars, taxis and buses illegally parked on our local streets and sidewalks. Don’t give up. There is something we can do!

We suggest that everyone put the parking enforcement dispatcher number is his or her cell phone. Then, when an infraction is observed, a call to the dispatcher can be made immediately. We believe that if enough residents contact Parking Enforcement on a regular basis, the Enforcement Unit will make a greater effort to be on top of the problem. The number is 416-808-2222 ext 0. Ask to be connected to the parking enforcement dispatcher. The dispatcher will take the details of the infraction. The Enforcement Officer does respond to our phone calls and, in on-the-street conversations, has commented that he appreciates the community support. If you do not have a cell phone, please call as soon as possible from home.

The City of Toronto Police Parking Enforcement Unit maintains a website at http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/parking/. At this website, the Unit provides some general information, a contact number and a clickable box with important information.

The clickable “Parking Enforcement” blue box in the top right corner contains two links of importance to us. The first link, “Top 10 ways to avoid receiving a parking ticket” leads to a printable document that contains information on enforcement rules and responses. This is worth printing because it explains the rules. A sample quote is: “Drivers leaving their vehicles in bus stops, no stopping zones, no standing zones, rush hour routes or parking illegally around schools, will not be warned. These vehicles will be ticketed and towed immediately.”

The second link “Tour Bus on-street parking locations” leads to a printable map that shows where the bus parking is in the Harbourfront area.

Carry the map when you go for a walk. Use it to explain to the bus drivers where they should be parked. Not every bus will move because a resident has requested it, but some do. Taxis regularly park in the no standing zone in front of Queens Quay terminal. A polite request to move along is often enough to get them to clear out. Failing that, you can phone Parking Enforcement.

We often see vehicles displaying the disabled person sticker parking on our streets. Are they parking legally or illegally? The answer is at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/parking/disabled_parking.htm. Of particular note is that these vehicles are NOT exempt if parking in a designated no standing or no stopping area. Also, they cannot park on the sidewalk.

Become familiar with the parking lots and garages in our area so that you can assist visitors in finding off-street parking. The parking garages on the north side of Queens Quay and to the east of the Westin are not too obvious to visitors.

Sound engineer reports on Harbourfront open stages

Don Rodbard of the King-Spadina Residents Association is an engineer who presented a very impressive report on sound problems that continue to bother residents near Harbourfront Centre’s open stages. A circular open stage next to Queens Quay is new this year, and the old Sirius Stage is still a basic platform that’s open in all directions. It is YQNA’s hope to persuade Harbourfront Centre to invest in these stages – as they invest in other projects – to contain the sound to the audiences around them. Don’s report is on this website