As part of the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Protection Program, a dry pond is being constructed in Moore Park to help relieve surface flooding in the area. The construction of the storm dry pond is taking place in the central portion of the park, outside of the tennis court and playground area.
Please note that the project completion date has changed and the dry pond area of the Park is expected to be re-opened in July 2012. New sod will be laid down in Spring 2012 and the area will remain closed until July 2012 to ensure the viability of the sod. Constituents will be notified if there are any other significant changes to the construction schedule or work to be undertaken.
The construction of the storm dry pond involves an excavation and a construction area of approximately 20,000 m2 within Moore Park. During heavy rainstorms, the dry pond will temporarily collect excess stormwater, when the capacity of the storm sewers is exceeded, and then drain the water back to the storm sewers within a few hours. Once completed, the storm dry pond will look like a depression in the Park that will be dry most of the time. The dry pond will be landscaped to blend with the park surroundings and the area can be used for recreational purposes.
Generally, work will take place between 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday with occasional work on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm until the construction is completed. Work will not take place during statutory or other major holiday observances.
As with all construction projects, there will be some temporary inconveniences to the local community. During construction work hours, residents and businesses may experience some noise and vibration caused by excavation and construction equipment. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, some pedestrian and traffic restrictions will be necessary. These restrictions include:
- During the construction period, a portion of the park will be closed to the public; however, some areas of the park will remain open and accessible for public use. Park areas impacted by the construction activity will be restored and landscaped similar to their existing conditions once the construction work is completed.
Pedestrian and Vehicle Access
- At certain times during the work, vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area around Moore Park will be disrupted. Signs will be posted to advise of detours, lane closures and pedestrian crossings.
- Access to driveways and sidewalks may be restricted at times to allow for construction. Residents will be advised by on-site personnel.
- Emergency (police, fire and medical response) access will be maintained at all times.
- Recycling and garbage collection will not be affected. Please follow your normal routine.
- On-street parking may be restricted during the daytime. Affected residents may park on adjacent streets. Residents are advised not to park where on-street parking is prohibited. There will be no consideration for offences such as No Stopping, No Standing, Stopping on Sidewalks or Boulevards, by Fire Hydrants, Fire Route, Rush Hour Route and parking within 9 metres of intersection.
- During the winter season, the contractor will provide snow removal, disposal, and salting within the limits of the construction zone, including both the roadway and sidewalks.
The contractor will make all efforts to let affected residents know of any temporary disruptions. Every effort will be made to reduce the inconvenience to the local community.