Arts in the Parks – Ward 5 Etobicoke

Posted in City Wide, Parks, Ward 5



Arts in the Parks has begun its 2018 season, returning to neighbourhoods throughout Toronto once again. In collaboration with PFR, Toronto Arts Council, and Park People, Toronto Arts Foundation is supporting free theatre, dance, music and community arts performances, and workshops in parks outside the downtown-core.


Last year Arts in the Parks brought over 300 events to city parks for over 155,000 Torontonians to enjoy, assisted by 250 community volunteers. Arts in the Parks 2018 will support more outstanding events, spotlight new parks, and, for the first time, offer an opportunity for neighbourhood artists to be highlighted in pre-event activities in selected parks.


There will be two exceptional groups of artists working in #ward5etobicoke:


The Tune Your Ride Collective’s goal is to create fun, interactive, bicycle-powered arts events that celebrate and showcase local musical talent while cultivating community. On July 26th, 2018 they will bring the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival Sunset Series to Bell Manor Park.  This will be one of a series of free outdoor pedal-powered concerts taking place in our city this summer.


Arts Etobicoke supports established and aspiring artists alike through arts education, advocacy, and community space. On September 14th, 2018 they will present the second annual Park Party at Bell Manor Park. The event celebrates a summers worth of community gatherings through performances, free food, hands-on activities, as well as the unveiling of a fence art installation.


We encourage you to visit our website to read more about Arts in the Parks, and visit the photo gallery: 


Arts in the Parks focuses on encouraging community building, enjoyment of local parks, and offering arts events for residents and tourists of all ages.

Why No Gypsy Moth Aerial Spray This Year?

Posted in Parks, Ward 5

We asked the Urban Forestry dept. to explain why there was no aerial pesticide spray to combat Gypsy moth infestation this year  in Ward 5 like we did last year.

A message from Urban Forestry:

An aerial spray of a pesticide is a last resort in controlling Gypsy moth outbreaks. It has been done in the spring of 2017 to control a wide scale outbreak over 128 ha of land in wards 3,4,5 and 13. It has supressed the Gypsy moth population to the tolerable level; to the level that prevented severe leaf loss or complete defoliation of host trees, primarily oaks.
In the 2017/2018 fall/winter season The City has conducted a comprehensive Gypsy moth egg mass survey in order to identify areas that are under the risk from the Gypsy moth damage in wards 2, 3, 4, 5, 13 and 27. The survey results show that the infestation is broken up into a number of smaller areas with relatively low number of infested trees. In these circumstances, a wide scale aerial spray was not warranted. Aerial spray with helicopter cannot be done as a spot treatment. Also, many unaffected residents do not want to be exposed unnecessary to a pesticide application.
A pesticide treatment was provided for City-owned trees that are predicted to be severely defoliated. Selected trees were either sprayed with a pesticide containing Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurtsaki (Btk), a naturally occurring bacterium, or injected with a biological insecticide named TreeAzin. Staff also delivered notices to affected private properties providing information on control measures that residents can implement for the control of the European Gypsy Moth. The City has been working with homeowners by providing advice for the implementation of the treatment for trees on their property. The homeowners are ultimately responsible for treating privately-owned trees.
Urban Forestry is going to conduct an egg mass survey in the fall to determine what action is required for the next season.  An aerial spray requires 4-5 months of preparations. It has to be approved by the City Council, Transport Canada, Health Canada and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The survey is typically completed in January and if the results show that there is a risk of a wide scale Gypsy moth outbreak, Urban Forestry will start the process for an aerial spray program for the given area.
At this stage of the caterpillar’s development, any pesticide treatment is ineffective. The damage to the leaves is final for this season. The caterpillars will stop feeding within a week and start to turn into a cocoon stage. Tying a folded burlap around the tree trunk of the affected trees right now is a good method to attract the caterpillars under the burlap, where they can hide from the sun. They need to be collected and killed each day before sunset and before they return to the tree crown.  This can greatly reduce the number of caterpillars.

As seen in our July eNewsletter

Six Points Park Dust & Silt Fence

Posted in Parks, Ward 5



Our office had requested an immediate solution here to protect families using the Six Points park from neighbouring construction since the first complaint came through.

Heavy winds the past few weeks sent construction dust to the nearby Six Points Park where the silt fencing was not yet erected. Going forward the Six Points team vows to control the dust more efficiently and also has erected the silt fence. 

As always, we are here to help with any concerns. Any and all concerns are read through and taken seriously so please don’t hesitate to contact us!

As seen in our July eNewsletter

Mabelle Parkette and “The Field”

Posted in Parks, Ward 5

Our office has spoken with the owner of the “field” that has been used by parents and kiddies alike to access Islington Jr. Middle School. The parking garage which is underneath requires repair and as such the owner will be reinstating the fence to its original state which would include the area of fence that has been opened over time. Regretfully at this time the field will soon be unavailable as a route.

Once the repairs have been completed our office will reach out again to review any possible options to permit use of these private lands.

As seen in our July eNewsletter

Kenway Park Tree Replanting 2018 [UPDATE]

Posted in Parks, Ward 5


Thanks to a very patient resident who alerted us to the need for grounds maintenance at Kenway Park, there will now be tree replanting and sod replacement in selected areas here!

As of May 2018 Urban Forestry advises this proposed timeline. *Please note that dates may change*:

Summer/Fall 2018 – sod replacement in selected areas
Fall 2018 – survey work for tree replanting
Spring 2019 – replanting of trees

As seen in our June eNewsletter

Berry Road Park Cleanup

Posted in Parks, Ward 5




A LOUD shout out to some of our very own TTC Queensway Division Operators and their kids who helped clean Berry Road Park! Pictured here are: Claudio (who is also our shop steward), Joe, Mike, and Nadia, and the lovely Shoghig.
You should see them operating the 66 Prince Edward route as well as the 76 Royal York South, both of which serve the area around Berry Road Park.

As seen in our June eNewsletter

European Gypsy Moth Control Program 2018 + Infected Private Trees

Posted in Parks, Ward 5


This spring Urban Forestry will be conducting a European Gypsy Moth Control Program in Ward 5. A pesticide treatment will be provided for City-owned trees that are predicted to be severely defoliated.

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Private Trees and Gypsy Moth Control 

Thanks to a local resident we’ve inquired with Urban Forestry about how to treat private trees that are infested with Gypsy Moths especially because there will be no aerial spray this year in Ward 5. In January, Forest Health Care staff delivered notices to affected properties providing information on control measures that residents can implement for the control of the European Gypsy Moth.

For those who did not receive a notice, Forestry advises:

There will be no aerial spray in Toronto this season at all. Residents can hire a private tree care company to treat their own trees. They can spray it with a pesticide based on Bacillus thuringiensis (Btk) or inject it with a biological insecticide TreeAzin. This needs to be done ASAP.

Our office does not have any contacts/resources for private tree companies. If you require more information please contact us.

As seen in our June eNewsletter