Tell the City how you would spend $250,000 to improve your neighbourhood!
Voting is finished - YOU have made a difference!
Voting has concluded for this last year of the three-year Participatory Budgeting pilot project in Ward 33 and the neighbourhoods of Oakridge (Ward 35) and Rustic (Ward 12).
Thank you residents for sharing so many ideas for how you'd spend $250,000 to improve your neighbourhood! You shared hundreds of great ideas and each area had a ballot with 6-8 projects. Anyone 14 years or older who lived in a pilot area could vote, and had three choices.
Here are the winning projects:
See the Oakridge, Rustic and Ward 33 tabs/topics for more detailed voting information.
Madelaine Park lighting improvements
New junior playground in Madelaine Park
New water bottle-filling station in Oakridge Park
Pathway upgrades in Madelaine Park
New water bottle-filling station in Prairie Drive Park
Maple Leaf Park exercise park
Lights around Maple Leaf Park reservoir
Pathway around Maple Leaf Park reservoir
Outdoor chess tables in Maple Leaf Park
Exercise park in Parkway Forest Park
Seniors exercise park in Godstone Park
Pleasantview Park improvements
Shawnee Park recreation improvements
Shawnee Park accessibility improvements
The City may seek community feedback on the design and installation of some of these projects in the next 12-18 months. Stay involved and get all the latest news and updates withPB Toronto's email newsletters (subscribe below) and onTwitter,Facebook andInstagram
Toronto's Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project 2015-2017
Toronto is hosting a three-year Participatory Budgeting (PB) pilot in three areas of Toronto:Ward 33, and the two neighbourhoods of Oakridge(Ward 35) and Rustic(Ward 12). The pilot will help City Council decide what PB in Toronto might look like in the future.
PB invites residents to propose and vote on projects to improve their neighbourhoods. The money for the winning projects has already been set aside by the City. Anyone from the community can propose and discuss ideas, and anyone 14 years or older who lives in Rustic, Oakridge or Ward 33 can vote.
Over this three-year pilot project, almost 1,700 residents have cast votes and selected 37 projects worth $1,870,000 in total. See the neighbourhood pages for the list of projects that are improving parks and streets so far.
In 2018, the City Manager will evaluate the project with staff and residents and report to City Council on future options.
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2017 VOTING RESULTS:
Voting was held over two days:
Saturday December 2, 10am-2pm Oakridge Community Centre (63 Pharmacy)
Monday December 11, 4-8pm Oakridge Community Centre (63 Pharmacy) AND West Scarborough Community Centre (313 Pharmacy)
Anyone 14 years or older who lives in Oakridge could vote for up to three projects on the ballot. Up to $250,000 was available for projects, so both votes and cost of projects were considered in declaring which projects would be funded.
Here are the winning projects:
Total ballots: 45 Total votes: 1361. Update lighting in Madelaine Park - $45,000 (31 votes)
Update existing poles and lights with brighter, more energy-efficient LED lights.
2. New junior playground structure at Madelaine Park - $100,000 (29 votes)
New structure and rubberized ground surface to replace north side play equipment.
3. Water bottle-filling station at Oakridge Park - $20,000 (28 votes)
New station installed near playground.
4. Improve pathway at Madelaine Park - $50,000 (24 votes)
Replace and widen existing pathway to improve access and safety.
5. Water bottle-filling station at Prairie Drive Park - $10,000 (15 votes)
New station mounted to wall near playground.
There was not enough money to select other projects on the ballot:
Water bottle-filling station at Madelaine Park - $30,000 (9 votes)
2015 and 2016 Oakridge Projects
Residents are creating real change through the Participatory Budgeting Pilot! Once the votes are complete, the City adds the projects to their schedule and begins more detailed costing and planning. Smaller projects can often be completed within 8-10 months. Larger projects can take up to 18 months, and the City may seek support from an external consultant and/or schedule additional community discussions.
To be eligible to go on the Participatory Budget ballot and receive funding, ideas must be:
located on City-owned property
a capital project (that means "a thing," not operating funding for staffing or programs)
located in Oakridge (see map below)
reviewed by the City and determined to be:
able to be built within 18 months of the vote
$250,000 or under
technically feasible and/or best funded through the pilot project rather than through another program at the City.
Here is an update on the projects selected through the 2015 and 2016 votes.(Numbers match location on map below):
Oakridge Park lighting improvements (2015) - COMPLETED
Prairie Drive Park improvement package (2015) - TO BE COMPLETED SPRING 2017
Oakridge Park performance stage (2016) - COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018
Mural on Pharmacy Avenue underpass (2016) - MURAL ARTIST JARUS HAS COMPLETED THE EAST SIDE OF THE UNDERPASS. HE WILL RETURN IN SPRING 2018 TO PAINT THE WEST SIDE OF THE MURAL.
Walking/running path in local park (2016) - DESIGN TO BEGIN SOON, COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018
Upgrade accessibility in Prairie Drive Park playground (2016) - DESIGN TO BEGIN SOON, COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018
The Oakridge neighbourhood is located inWard 35 – Scarborough Southwest, The neighbourhood is bordered by Victoria Park Ave and Massey Creek in the west, the Canadian National Railway rail line in the south, Mack Ave & Warden Ave in the east and St Clair Ave E in the north. See here for a PDF map of the Oakridge neighbourhoodwithin Ward 35.