Saturday, 13 March 2021
Saturday, 6 March 2021
Last autumn, the Parks Department installed a number of wheelchair friendly park benches near the eastern entrance to Sam Smith Park, at the end of Lakeshore Rd, in New Toronto.
The benches have an extended pad, wide enough for a wheelchair user to sit beside someone while facing the Park, looking out towards the lake. This wider pad is also useful for Seniors using their walker to sit in, making it easier to enjoy a conversation while sitting at the proper height for easy standing, upon departure.
Hats off to Jorge and his workmates from Toronto Parks and Recreation !
Saturday, 27 February 2021
Winter is a slow time for DASSP, and our members, as the cold, poor weather, and ongoing pandemic limit our ability to be out and about enjoying the park and its wildlife.
That's not to say that we haven't been beavering away behind the scenes. Recently, Janette, from Toronto Forestry has been asking about the Braille signage we are most interested in obtaining for Sam Smith Park.
One of our members, Vesty Roze, has forwarded his resource materials on the subject, and Janette will be following up, as she is extremely interested, and is one of our key Allies, who was instrumental in correcting the surface of the Observation Deck last week.
Let's hope we have some progress on Braille, and we will be following up in the coming months.For more information please see:
Sunday, 26 July 2020
As visitors enter from the parking lot through the circular drop off area, there is a Coyote warning sign which has been placed higher than even the top of the head of an able bodied visitor !
DASSP will be following up to first, determine which government group is responsible for signage, and then to ensure the problem is corrected throughout the park.
Saturday, 20 June 2020
On summer mornings or evenings you may spot an elderly resident or two, along with their companion moving slowly along the winding path, listening to the song birds or enjoying the foliage and wildflowers which many volunteers from FOSS and CCFEW planted a number of years ago.
The path has a ramp, and also offers access to the NW entry point of Sam Smith Park past the Swallow Field.
Jorge has shared our concerns with Chris Clarke and Helen Sousa, representing Senior Management of Toronto Parks, and will advise.
DASSP will be following up in a few weeks to solicit an update on this important issue, especially as the hot, rainy summer weather is upon us, and many para/quadriplegics are unable to sweat due to their injury or health.