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Rail Deck Park (?, ?, ?)

drum118

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And will the Spadina or King streetcars enter the station under the park.
What mind blowing stuff are you using????.....................nothing will service the so call GO Station underground. 510 will remain on the surface. Why have 504 service this useless station and force cuts to 504, as well issues for riders???
 

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"Luxury Park" is stupid and who knows where this guy is coming from and why...

But in answer to your question:
-Because it's very expensive;
-Because the City does not have deep enough pockets to build it with the funds and tools currently at its disposal.

Especially given how this current crisis is hitting municipalities, I really find it hard to believe this thing gets built in the next 20 years. Still, I hardly see the point of starting an astroturf anti-park website.
 

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Rail Deck Park is appealing to me for a variety of reasons which have already been discussed on here. But I'm not in favour of the city building it. There's been lots of speculation on budget. There is no way of knowing what the cost would be, but I would guess that if you want something like Chicago's Millennium Park the cost would be closer to the higher numbers thrown about. I would think the lower numbers will get you something like what Coronation Park is today. While Rail Deck Park would bring in tourists, there are other options that don't involve buying air rights and building a very large deck over the railway lands. Why not something that would be more uniquely Toronto? Use the water. It's our best feature. I love the islands, but let's face it, they have become rather dated and in need of a lot of TLC. What would it cost to make Centre Island a 21st-century tourist attraction? With a little imagination, the islands, Tommy Thompson Park, the new Promontory Park, Ontario Place and Coronation Park could become integrated into a unique waterfront series of parks. Let the rail deck get built over time one CIBC Square at a time.
 

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Rail Deck Park is appealing to me for a variety of reasons which have already been discussed on here. But I'm not in favour of the city building it. There's been lots of speculation on budget. There is no way of knowing what the cost would be, but I would guess that if you want something like Chicago's Millennium Park the cost would be closer to the higher numbers thrown about. I would think the lower numbers will get you something like what Coronation Park is today. While Rail Deck Park would bring in tourists, there are other options that don't involve buying air rights and building a very large deck over the railway lands. Why not something that would be more uniquely Toronto? Use the water. It's our best feature. I love the islands, but let's face it, they have become rather dated and in need of a lot of TLC. What would it cost to make Centre Island a 21st-century tourist attraction? With a little imagination, the islands, Tommy Thompson Park, the new Promontory Park, Ontario Place and Coronation Park could become integrated into a unique waterfront series of parks. Let the rail deck get built over time one CIBC Square at a time.
Supporting improving the Islands and supporting this project isn't a mutually contradictory position - and Rail Deck park is a one in several lifetime city-building opportunity - especially if you consider the synergistic effect of having a park that will eventually start from Simcoe Street all the way to Fort York.

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There is no "wrong" position on this. The city has pressing needs in multiple areas, and all are valid. This does not need to be binary.

The city should bank the land/air rights, so nothing else gets built instead. But the park may have to wait and be built incrementally over a fairly long time frame.

- Paul
 

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There is no "wrong" position on this. The city has pressing needs in multiple areas, and all are valid. This does not need to be binary.

The city should bank the land/air rights, so nothing else gets built instead. But the park may have to wait and be built incrementally over a fairly long time frame.

- Paul
Agree - a phased approach for this is totally reasonable.

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...or the City could work with the apparent owners of the "site," to maximize park space while reducing the burden on the City to pay for an expensive project it can't really afford on its own. It's just an idea!

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If the air space has already been designated as park land, might as well expropriate it with fair market value
We all need another Millenium park here with vendor, restaurant and licensing revenue for the city and all the tourist attractions
Make it happen!
 

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