Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation Updates from the City
October 16, 2019. Correction to Update #25
Apologies for issuing the following correction to the previous update #25. The sodding that was expected to take place this fall will be moved to another date next year when the weather warms up.
The City's approach in this contract for sodding new grass requires a 60 to 90-day period minimum without disturbance for the roots to establish or "stitch into" the soil. The upcoming cold and fluctuating weather will impact the grass from establishing, and the team would like to ensure that the sodding is successful.
In the meantime, the contractor will be monitoring the soil as the temperatures get colder (and hardens the ground) and rain (to keep the soil saturated) to prevent dust/dirt getting caught up in windy conditions.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
October 1, 2019. Update #25
Here's a quick update on work since Phase 2B started earlier in August.
Reservoir Interior work:
o The west basin has been commissioned and is in operation
o The east basin has been drained and cleaned for work to start on expansion joints
o West side of park has completed the granular backfill and is stockpiling topsoil.
o The east side of the park has stripped about 80% of its topsoil
o Sodding is expected to take place late fall
- Other Infrastructure work
- The catchbasins on west side of park have been replaced
- The watermain tie-in at the end of Jackes Avenue has been completed
- The grading of slope on the west side of park are in progress
- Installation of Phase 2B hoarding & tree protection in progress
- Removal and storage of memorial benches and plaques (Parks staff have reached out to families, please contact us if your family has not been contacted).
April 13, 2019:
The contractor will be resuming construction work on the reservoir exterior on Saturdays, starting tomorrow April 13 (weather dependent) to the end of the year. We apologize for the late notification. Please refer to Construction Notice #5 on January 17, 2019.
March 28, 2019: Update #18: Public Meeting Presentation Details & Four Tree Removal Information. Click here for the details.
March 6: Update #17: A New design for David A Balfour Park please click here.
City of Toronto: Rosehill Reservoir presentation given to SRA at their AGM on January 23, 2019. To view please click here.
January 17, 2019: Update #16: Revised Construction Schedule – Phase 2A and 2B
Previous issues regarding the temporary boardwalk and poor/wet weather days in 2018 has held back the construction schedule. To recoup this time, the City's contractor will be:
Carrying out work on Saturdays starting January 26 until the end of 2019.
Advance the start date for work on the eastern perimeter area, below the reservoir's slope, which was originally schedule for Phase 2 this Summer.
The construction schedule is revised:
Phase 2 will be divided into 2 parts: Phase 2A and Phase 2B. Phase 2A will start February 4 to July 31 and includes the area at the eastern perimeter below the reservoir's slope. Phase 2B keeps with the original construction schedule, which will begin August 2019 to December 31 and result in a full park closure.
The blue area from the playground towards the Summerhill Entrance will be temporarily closed for 3 weeks to carry out tree protection and removals. Notice will be provided if this closure affects access to the garden.
Correction to Construction Notice #5 mailed out this week
The attached notice, please click here has clarified a detail on Page 2, second row, first column and indicates Phase 2A from February 4, 2019 to July 31, 2019.
Aerial Photo of Rosehill Reservoir, November 30, 2018. Please click here.
November 30: Update #15:
Washroom Hoarding & Demolition
The contractor will begin work to demolish the washroom starting December 7. Hoarding will be adjusted to enclose the building. Please see information in the attached Notice. Due to delays in Canada Post delivery, this notice will not be mailed out to the community.
We have repeatedly asked the contractor to stop truck idling on neighbourhood streets (especially Pleasant Boulevard). If you do see idling trucks, please contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org), email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
License plate number
Location of the truck
Approximately how long the truck was idling
Time of day (to establish a pattern)
November 26: Meeting of the Liaison Committee - An Update on the Rosehill Reservoir Construction.
Attending: From the City, Ken Koson, Kate Kusiak, Varum Shah, Councillor Mike Layton, reresentatives from Councillor Matlows office. Representatives from the Rosehill Garden, Avoca/Deer Park, Jackes Avenue apartments and Pleasant Blvd townhouses, Summerhill Residents association and The Rosehill Vision Committee. Ken Koson, Senior Project Manager made the presentation.Current and ongoing work on the reservoir includes, removal of soil and waterproof membrane, rehabilitation of the reservoir structure and construction of two new valve chambers - one next to the valve house and the second at Rosehill Ave.
Currently there is tree root exploration being done around the reservoir and in the Little Park. Using an air spade, crews are exposing tree roots to determine the extent and condition of the trees. The intent is to avoid damage to existing trees.
Washroom demolition and road closure. Washroom demolition will take place beginning the week of Dec 7th. Hoarding will be adjusted to close off the washroom.
A new water service will be installed early in 2019. This will require a road closure at Avoca/Rosehill corner. Duration, approximately 1-2 weeks. Notice will be provided.
Idling on Rosehill. The City is trying to stop idling of trucks on neighbour streets.
If you do see trucks idling please contact Kate Kusiak, (email@example.com) or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, with the following information. license plate number, location of the truck , approximately how long the truck was idling, time of day (to establish a pattern)
Watermain work has been moved to 2019. The Watermains at Jackes Ave and through the Little Park will be replaced. In both cases it is hoped that a technique called directional Drilling can be used to avoid damage to trees.
Revised Phase 2 construction schedule.
Phase 2A Feb 2019- July 2019
Hoarding will be expanded to the perimeter of the east cell basin.
Access to the Garden maintained.
Phase 2B, Aug 2019 - Dec 2019
Full park closure. The Little Park will remain open.
Phase 3 Jan 2020 - Spring 2012
East side of Park Closed
West side of Park open only upon installation of Park Elements
November 7: Update # 14
Memorial Tree Impacts:
Over the next two weeks, three (3) memorial trees located within the phase 1 work area will be impacted. Two (2) trees will be transplanted to a new location and one tree will be removed and replanted before the end of construction. Transplanting and removing these trees are required to carry out work in Phase 1.
Staff have had direct contact with the family of one tree and have sent emails and a letter to the families of the remaining two trees since the phone numbers of those families are no longer in service.
October 26 : Update #13
The City's contractor will be working on Saturdays from 9 am to 5pm, starting next weekend from November 3 to December 22, 2018. For more details please click here
October 24: Update #12
On-Street Parking Restrictions on Summerhill Avenue. For more details please click here
October 17: Update #11
A tree by the north-east corner of the Valve House will be removed within the next two weeks (weather permitting) as our colleagues in the Parks division have determined that a split down the trunk (stem) is a significant impact to the tree’s health and condition. The project manager has agreed to carry out this removal on behalf of Parks through the Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation contractor.
Tree Root Exploration
For more information click here
October: Update #10
Temp Garbage Bin by 33 Rosehill. The City has agreed to place a temporary bin near 33 Rosehill. The bin will be in place during the reservoir renovation project.
October 9&10: Update #9:
The contractor will be performing hydrovac excavation in the following 3 locations on October 9 and 10, 2018, between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1. North side of Jackes, west of the underground garage (in front of hydrant)
2. Little Park path south of the hoarding
3. Little Park path at Woodlawn crossing
This work is required to determine the current depth and condition of existing infrastructure and assess potential conflicts for the new water main.
A hydrovac truck will be at these locations and there will be some noise and dust. Pedestrian and vehicle access will not be blocked, please use caution and go around this work.
September 20: Update #8
The project webpage has been updated, as we have received many questions about the pathways. Please visit www.toronto.ca/rosehill and click on the Important Information tab that includes the following:
1. Why was the Temporary pathway at Avoca built but not opened?
2. Why can't the Temporary Pathway be widened?
3. Why was the Asphalt Pathway opened and then closed?
4. Why can't the Asphalt Pathway be opened outside of construction hours?
5. Will the ravine recreational trails be open during construction?
6. Will the ravine access be improved?
7. I live in a tower overlooking the park. Why haven't I seen much construction activity?
8. How will traffic from construction vehicles be managed?
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.