Although still in the planning stages, it appears Mayor John Tory’s vision for a downtown park has some support.
A new Forum Poll finds half of residents approve of the idea of the 21 acre park, that’s despite the potential $1 billion price tag.
Two-thirds agree more downtown parkland is needed; 80% of downtown residents felt that way.
About 38% of residents disapprove of the idea.
When it comes to covering the cost of the park, 37% agree public funds should be used.
“This is a huge vote of confidence in this proposed park, in that voters were given the estimated cost when they were asked their approval. It is almost impossible to poll any expensive public works positively, but, in this case, there is such a recognized need for green space in the core that approval is high.” – Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
Last month, council voted in favour of spending over $2 million to study the proposed Rail Deck Park, which would be built by the rail corridor south of Front Street West between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way.