Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation Project
Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation Updates from the City
August 27: Update #7
Mon August 27: New Access Points & Trucking on Rosehill Avenue
Two new access points for trucking activities will be located along Rosehill Avenue. This is required to expedite the Phase 1 construction schedule after staff efforts were re-directed to review safety concerns of the temporary boardwalk at north-east corner and carry out tree root explorations (see Update #8).
This temporary change:
- Will start Monday August 27 (construction of the access points)
- Will continue for Phase 1 and 2. See note below.
- Will facilitate an additional 3 trucks per hour. See note below.
- Will not result in trucks queuing on Rosehill Avenue and will not impact trees
- Will have 2 gates installed in the jersey barrier for the temporary sidewalk and hoarding for truck entry and exit
- Will have a flag person to coordinate safe entry/exit of trucks with pedestrians on the temporary sidewalk (jersey barriers)
As a result of these new access points at Rosehill Avenue,
- Maximum number of trucks at the new Rosehill Access Points is 3 per hour
- Maximum number of trucks at Avoca Main Access Point is 3 per hour
- A combined maximum number of trucks for this project is 6 per hour.
These two new gates during Phase 1 will facilitate the removal of existing soil, and the construction of a valve chamber infrastructure. Phase 2 includes ongoing work on the valve chamber and bringing in new soil. Each soil handling stage requires 6-8 weeks.
City staff have supported this change to address the schedule impacts that resulted from the above-mentioned issues. This change was also presented to the Councillors' office and representatives of neighbourhood associations. We apologize that this is another change from the original plan for construction work.
July 6: Update #6
Below are a number of updates about the rehabilitation work at Rosehill Reservoir.
- The painting of the hoarding is almost complete and park lights on top of the reservoir and along the south and western side of the park will soon be removed.
- Temporary pathways have been put in place around the hoarding. The City is dedicated to keeping access to the remaining park space open during construction. A recent site visit was held with representatives from the community and local Councillors to discuss potential enhancements to increase visibility and mobility.
Unfortunately, the location of the reservoir is a constrained site and hoarding cannot be shifted any further to widen the temporary paths. With a focus on the temporary pathways at Little Park/Valve House and at the north-east corner near Avoca Parks Yard , the City will be taking further steps to:
1. install signage that clearly communicates the limited access, ask cyclists to dismount and dog walkers to have their dog remain on leash.
2. add large convex mirrors at the corners to help you see any movement/oncoming park users .
3. add lighting along the deck to illuminate the pathway only and in keeping with the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) guidelines.
In addition to these activities, City staff are reviewing opportunities to install transparent material on hoarding panels located around the temporary paths and a bump-out space to pass/rest. A future update will provide more details.
An additional temporary pathway and stairway will be added for park users to have easier access to the Washroom and Rosehill Garden.
Work has already begun to remove the reflecting pools. The stone wall along the cascade/fountain at Rosehill Avenue will also be removed. You may also have noticed that the water molecule feature has now been removed. It will be preserved, as it is a heritage feature and incorporated into the new design.
Contractors have been reminded to start after 7:00 a.m. in keeping with the Noise By-law.
June 8: Update #5: Here are a few minor updates for the Rosehill Reservoir rehabilitation work:
- The hoarding and tree protection zones are almost completely installed for phase 1 work.
- Installation of temporary walkway at Avoca Ave, around the Parks Yard, is underway.
- Installation of temporary walkway from Little Park to the east side of the park is underway and expected to be completed by the end of next week.
- The hoarding is being painted green.
From: Kate Kusiak: Senior Public Consultation Coordinator City of Toronto Kate.email@example.com 416-392-1932
May 25: Update #4: here is another set of updates for the Rosehill Rehabilitation work:Construction hoarding and Tree Protection Zones are almost completely installed.At the north-east part of the construction site at Rosehill and Avoca, the existing pathway (red circle on map) will remain open until the temporary pathway is constructed (pink line on map). Signage on the hoarding indicates the path is still open (photo). If there is any construction equipment movement in this area, a construction crew member will be nearby to ensure people can safely cross this part of the site.
Temporary Garbage bins have been installed by the contractor at the Garden and Washroom. Solid Waste bins have been installed at the end of Jackes Avenue. The temporary bins will be in replaced Solid Waste bins.
Tree cutting started May 23 for trees that are located on top of the reservoir and on the slopes. The removal of these trees are required to accommodate the installation of the reservoir's waterproofing membrane.
Now that hoarding is almost installed, there is limited park space around the Garden. This is a gentle reminder to please be courteous to all park users and also to keep all dogs on leash.
May 18: Update #3: The project team has received concern about the garbage bins in and around the park. Many of the bins were removed before they were relocated to another spot outside of the construction hoarding.
The project manager has spoken with our colleagues in Solid Waste and they will be installing garbage and recycling bins next week at the following locations:
- At the Rosehill Garden
- At the end of Jackes
- An additional set in Little Park
- On Avoca Ave near the Parks Yard
- At the washroom
Please note - No garbage bins will be located in the playground area since the perimeter path is not accessible for the Solid Waste collections vehicles. The garbage bin on Rosehill at the north-west corner of the Park will also not be replaced due to insufficient space provided with the temporary sidewalk.
We will also be scheduling a litter pick up of garbage left around the park. With the unfortunate timing of this issue, no clean-up crews can be scheduled for this work over the upcoming long weekend. We will provide you with the date once it has been scheduled.
1. Ramp to the Garden -- The contractor will be installing a temporary ramp from the Valve House to the Rosehill Garden, since part of the existing path will be inside the hoarding. This ramp will run from the Valve House, next to the hoarding and tie into the existing path to the Garden. This ramp is being inserted into a packed construction schedule and the contractor is expecting the installation within the next four weeks.
2. In addition the following temporary pathways will also be installed with the hoarding over the next 3-4 weeks:
a. Temporary Pathway from Avoca Ave to the Perimeter path (around Avoca Parks Yard)
b. Temporary Sidewalk (along the south side of Rosehill Ave, adjacent to the Park)
April 30: Update #2: installation of hoarding and tree protection zones will begin and continue to take place for the next few weeks. Here is the map where hoarding will be installed that was included on the display boards at the March 19 public meeting for phase 1 construction area. Hoarding will be installed on the West side of the Park where it is shaded white (not the white dash lines). Please click here for the map. From: Kate Kusiak, Public Consultation
April 24-25: Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation Update #1: Crews will be doing locates starting April 24 and April 25 on-site including Little Park, inside site buildings and chambers. They may use spray paint, wooden stakes, small flags to mark the buried service lines.This work will be within the noise by-law of 7am to 7pm.This work is in advance of installing hoarding.We plan to provide updates frequently as we head into the first phase of construction. Please contact me if you have concerns or questions. Kate Kusiak: 416-392-1932 (City of Toronto).
Rosehill Vision Committee
Year End Report: December 2017
In late November, the City's Public Works & Infrastructure Committee received the staff report for the Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation Contract Award. You can review the report on-line at:
The report recommends that City Council award the contract to Bennett Mechanical Installations in the amount of $35,216,796. Yes, that's over 35 million dollars - the cost to secure Toronto's safe (and delicious) drinking water for the next 50 years and more.
This amount includes $31,219,154 for the structural rehabilitation work and $3,997,642 for Rosehill Park, including removing and replacing the Rosehill Garden. Assuming the staff recommendations are adopted, they will be voted on at a mid-December Council meeting. We know City budgets are tight but Councillors Wong Tam and Matlow are champions of the Park upgrade so we're optimistic.
The recent news is that Parks, Forestry & Recreation has committed to funding the full amount of the park enhancements (i.e. the items above and beyond the site restoration covered by Toronto Water). Final approval for the funding will be considered as part of Parks, Forestry & Recreation's capital budget submission on February 12 and 13, 2018. This too will be a challenge - fingers crossed.
Earlier this month the RVC received a copy of the Rehabilitation tender documents which we had requested in October - three huge binders and a foot thick roll of plans! The tender documents will be reviewed by the committee and concerns brought to the attention of the City team.
City staff have been good to work with; responding quickly and efficiently to our many requests for meetings and/or information. After a rocky first six months of this collaboration the working partnership is very positive - we all want the best park possible. Meetings with the City team will resume in the Spring to continue refining the park design - the devil is in the details.
As noted in the October newsletter, the city is planning a Spring public meeting to present information about construction schedules, park closure, vehicular traffic, clean up etc. When the date of the meeting is announced, you will get a reminder. This is the meeting where we need to clarify the impact this three-year long, major construction project will have on surrounding communities.
A reminder that information about the Rosehill Rehabilitation Project can be found on the City of Toronto's project website: www.toronto.ca/rosehill
That's all for now - thanks again for your support.
Happy holidays from the Rosehill Vision Committee.
Kate Wilson van Nostrand
- The current proposal start date is Spring 2018.
- Click here for the City's timeline for the project.
- Click here to view the Rosehill Vision Committee's current draft plan.
Questions about the City’s work on the reservoir can be directed to Kate Nelischer, Sr Public Consultation Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org