The city of Toronto is exploring ways to turn its former waterfront into an eco-friendly hub of activity, with plans to turn the park into a bird house, home, restaurant and community.
Article Continued BelowArticle Continued BELOWArticle Continued BeyondThe city has already approved $2 million in funding for the project, with funding from the city’s Housing Finance Corporation and the City of Toronto, said Jennifer Lutz, the city environment minister.
Lutz said the city is still working out details, but hopes to begin building in 2020.
The Bird House is a project of the Canadian Urban Bird Conservation Trust, which is partnering with the city on the project.
It aims to create a hub of green spaces and a “community of love” for birds, said Jody Baugh, executive director of the group.
Birds are important to the city and to Toronto, she said.
“We’re talking about a place where people can come and be close to nature, but they can also come and work and create something out of nature.
We’re not just talking about urban parks.
We want people to come here and be part of the city.”
The city has been working on the plan since late April.
It has been dubbed a “Green City” and is set to be completed by 2021.
The plan is being spearheaded by former mayor Rob Ford, who left office in October 2017.
He and his wife, Sandi, are seeking to revive the park and have set aside $2.2 million.
The Toronto Wildlife Centre has been planning for years to create the community of love for the birds and their habitat, with the aim of creating a “social capital” for the city.
The trust has been a key partner in the plan.
The trust has invested in the Bird House, but has been unable to pay the $2-million in upfront costs.
It also will be working with the Friends of Bird House to help the project with financial and environmental support, said Baugh.
The project would also create a community of green space, with parks, trails and green spaces surrounding the bird house.
The group is seeking to use the space as a hub for social events and activities, including music, arts and crafts, sports and more.
“It’s about building a community,” said Baugher.
“A place where the birds can come, and where the city can live in and live out.”
A Bird House concept is seen in the backyard of a home in the neighbourhood of St. John’s, N.L. (CBC)Baugh said the Bird Houses plan is a way for the community to “make a statement” that the city cares about its birds.
“We’re going to be making a statement that we’re open to new ideas,” she said, adding that the group hopes to be able to raise enough funds to start construction.
“I don’t think there’s a place like this in the world that’s a city that’s open to ideas,” Baugh said.
The bird house concept is part of a wider plan to create an ecological hub for the park, with a focus on “green space, green space with green spaces.”
The group has also been working to build a bike path, and plans to start planting trees.
The group has created a new website, www.birdhouse.ca, to help residents and visitors understand the project and the goals of the project in the city, and to connect the community with the plan to help inform the community.
The city is also considering installing solar panels on the park’s roof to help power the city as it grows, said Lutz.
The community garden project, which will be managed by the Friends Of Bird House and the Friends For Birds of Toronto (FFTB), is part in the Friends for the Birds of Canada’s “Greening Toronto” initiative, which aims to bring green spaces to communities where they are needed.