Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation Project

Rosehill Vision Committee
October Report
The City's Public Meeting on September 13th was well attended - lots of new faces as a result of the city's wide distribution of their flyer. I'm hoping many of you (the "friends of the rez" list is now at 225) were able to be there to see the results of your support for the last year of work. Almost all the changes and additions requested by the RVC are included in the plans that were presented on the display boards. The last few design meetings with the City in August and early September were long and intense but important details in the plan were ironed out and ultimately agreed upon. 
The project rehabilitation schedule presented at the meeting called for the project to go to tender in late September. The RVC has requested a copy of the tender documents pertaining to the landscape so we can confirm that all agreed upon components in the plan were included. As of this date, October 23rd, nothing has been received and we are following up with the project leader, Ken Kosan. 

As announced at the September meeting, the city will have a second public consultation early in 2018 to present information about construction plans, park closure,  vehicular traffic, etc. This is a meeting where we need to clarify the impact this three year project will have on surrounding communities.

Kate Nelischer, who chaired the city's September 13th meeting, has been the project's public consultation coordinator for the past few years and the "go to" person for questions and concerns from the public as well as an important and helpful liaison person for the Vision Committee. Unfortunately for all of us, Kate is leaving her position shortly. We wish her well and thank her for the help she has given the RVC and the Rosehill communities over the past several years - and for her good humour and patience.

A reminder that information about the project can be found on the project website: www.toronto.ca/rosehill 

The RVC will monitor any preparation for construction in the park as well as continue to refine the park design over the months ahead. Meetings with the city team will resume in the spring. 

When the date of the Spring 2018 public meeting is announced, I will send out a reminder so you don't miss it. In the meantime - enjoy this wonderful autumn weather in our beautiful park.


Kate Wilson (van Nostrand)

June Report
Two meetings to report on.....The good news meeting...

The May 31st neighbourhood meeting held at Yorkminster Baptist got a good turn out. There were lots of new faces and over a hundred names were added to our mailing list, that is now at 233.

If you know of others who should be on the list, let me know.

The first speaker was Ken Koson, manager of the Rehabilitation Project. Ken was asked to present the engineering aspects of the project, and to talk about the impact on the communities in terms of timing, traffic and pedestrian access. Ken and colleague Kate Nellicher were part of the Q&A at the end of the evening.

The Revised Plan was introduced by John van Nostrand and presented in detail by Landscape Architect Paul Rookwood. 

The presentation showed the design of the park in layers; what trees were going, what trees would be left, where the widened walking and bike paths would go, where widened stairs would be, where the centennial module could be moved to, where the toilet house would be moved to, where new entrance water features could be located, where the Rosehill Garden would be, the long green plantings down the east side, the playground, widened lower perimeter paths, etc. etc.

The vision plan remains low key - the city requires that no weight be put on the top of the water containing areas - and those containing areas extend almost to all edges of the park top. The Rosehill Garden is right at the east edge - and it was a close call!  

We got helpful feedback from the audience on the 31st - as we did at the Jackes meeting - feedback we take back to the City team. I'm thinking of sending the City a bill for doing the public consultation they should have been doing over the past two years. 

The not-so-good news meeting...

On June 19th we had a 3 hour meeting with the City's much expanded Project team. At that meeting it became clear that there are some very real budget restraints facing the vision plan. Not from lack of good will by the Project team -  but from the restraints of their budgets.

In June, July and August there are critical meetings scheduled between the two teams to drill down on the details of the plan. The RVC has to  "sign off" on the final plan for the Rosehill Park before the public meeting in September. We have is a long way to go before that is going to happen unless some money can be found. 

This morning we asked for a meeting with the Councillors to clarify the issue around funding of the Vision Plan. We've always understood from the Councillors that there was money available for the upgrading of Rosehill Park - as there was for Ramsden Park in Rosedale. We were given the challenge to consult with the communities that surround the Park, create a vision that reflected their needs and wants and bring that Plan to the City.  

At Councillor Wong Tam's request, we are making a list of the items we feel are vulnerable. We are assuming that, with new towers going up around the Park, some Section 37 money would be allocated to the Park. But will it be available in time? Why are we finding about no Vision Plan funding now? Look back at the park design features I wrote about in paragraph 3 - I hate to say it, but don't count on anything quite yet.

Cheers, maybe

Kate Wilson

Rosehill Vision Committee

  • The current proposal start date is Spring 2018.
  • The City is planning a public consultation meeting sometime this September.
  • 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 knelischer@toronto.ca
Additional information is available at the City of Toronto website;