ABCRA residents should take note of three recent incidents in and near Ramsden Park. These have been reported to Councillor Wong-Tam and she is taking steps to assure greater safety. Read her message below:
October 22, 2014
Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention. We are aware of the sexual assault that occurred on the steps leading up to Hillsboro, but hadn't heard of the two other incidents.
Following the assault on the stairs, our office has worked with Parks Staff on improving and adding additional lighting to the stairs and the parkette at the top of Hillsboro Avenue, as well as trimming back the trees and branches to improve visibility. This work was completed last week, and residents of Hillsboro have advised that the stairs are now much better lit. We have also asked Toronto Hydro to conduct a lighting audit of Hillsboro Avenue and the laneways leading to Belmont Street to ensure they are properly illuminated. That audit is in process, and I will let you know the results as soon as we receive them. Lastly, we have informed PMA Architects of the sexual assault, and asked them to ensure that they utilize a safety and crime prevention lens as they work on the granular designs for the Ramsden Park Revitalization.
In light of the mugging that took place near the tennis courts, it is more clear than ever that there is insufficient lighting in the park. We will ask Parks Staff to review the area around the tennis courts and path for additional lighting opportunities, and I will ask PMA to provide us with a detailed lighting plan that can be shared with the community.
We will also reach out to 53 Division and ask them to increase their patrols of the park and surrounding area at night. We can also help co-ordinate a community safety meeting with 53 Division, if the neighbourhood would like the opportunity to talk with police about what steps can be taken to promote crime prevention in the area. Please let me know if this would be something the community would be interested in.
Constituency and Administrative Assistant to
City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
City Hall, A5
100 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
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