Buttonwood Park Update

Dear HVVRA member,

Here is an update re: City Council’s surprise proposal to substantially change the greenspace at nearby Buttonwood Park.

Background
On June 13th, Ward 2 Councillor Stephen Holyday alerted Buttonwood Hill Residents (BHRA) of Council’s plans to build a Somali Cultural and Recreation Centre at Buttonwood Park (behind Chartwell Scarlett Heights) Eglinton, near Royal York Road.

Toronto City Council has kept the discussions secret for two years  by virtue of NDA (non-disclosure agreement).

Council also voted to deny Councillor Holyday any opportunity to discuss the proposal with his constituents until just four days before the Executive Committee meeting on June 18th.

There has been no consultation with area residents.
The NDA assured no transparency.
And as a consequence a small, local public park is slated to be converted to large building and parking lot.

At last Tuesday’s Executive Committee meeting, BHRA and HVVRA made compelling arguments — not only to oppose the proposal, but more importantly, to call out Council on its deliberate efforts to sneak this in without public consultation.

“If this is such a good idea, why have you kept it a secret? Why would you do that? How would you feel if this happened in your Ward? Do you think your residents would have something to say about it?” You bet they would!” stated HVVRA President, Anne Anderson.

You may already have signed the Save Buttonwood Park petition, which garnered more that 3200 signatures in 3 days. If not, please go to www.buttonwoodhillresidents.com  to add your name to the petition.

The HVVRA is working jointly with BHRA to fight this proposal and to prevent it from being repeated at any other park.

Lawn signs are available for pickup starting tomorrow, Thurs. June 27th. Anyone wanting a sign should write to: hvvrasigns@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for updates on our website www.hvvra.ca and by eblast.

“…pave paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Sincerely
The HVVRA Board of Directors
June 26, 2024