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Your Voice Counts! Toronto is covering precious green WATERFRONT PARKLAND on Lakeshore Blvd. West near the Humber River. This parkland will become a private gravel PARKING LOT during events at the Palais Royale for the duration of a 15 year licensing agreement. Help STOP the immediate destruction of waterfront parkland. We NEED your help in presenting Mayor Miller with signatures no later than May 9, 2006. Pegasus Group Inc. is doing a great job renovating the old Palais Royal with the intention of renting out the site for private functions and events. Unfortunately the Pegasus Group is pushing for prime waterfront parkland to be covered in gravel and turned into a 120 car parking lot. Pegasus has already conceded that the 120 car parking lot is not enough for the high numbers it intends to draw and therefore will also be using designated city parking lots for parking with valet / shuttle service. The city has an established parking lot to the west of the Palais Royal the Pegasus Group could use and Toronto citizens have requested the city research / enforce other parking options. The following are some of the suggested alternative options. The City has not yet explored these ideas with the citizens: - Use of the adjacent west public parking lot. - Parking on the southern most lane of Lakeshore Blvd during non-commuter hours and weekends. - Use of the medians to accommodate parking. - Use of the St. Joseph Hospital Parking Garage which would provide proceeds to St. Joseph


The citizens of Toronto are sponsoring this petition to stop the destruction of waterfront parkland. Please note this petition will be presented to the City Clerk and Members of City Council. The names and contact information will be publicly available to any person who may wish to examine the document.


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Your voices are being heard, the mayor has changed the meeting date from May 5th to May 10th in order to review the issue. Keep spreading the word! SEE the beautiful willow tree parkland they want to turn into a gravel parking lot! Parkdale Residents Association Has a summary of the April 24 public meeting, photos, updates and sound files. Email MAYOR MILLER and tell him he needs to step in and put a hold on any waterfront destruction for private parking lots. or click on the link: Councilor Sylvia Watson Sylvia Watson is pushing for the parking lot and refuses to look at other viable options. Contact Sylvia Watson with your opinions at: 416.392.7919 View / download the April 26 CBC news segment covering this issue: View the Globe and Mail article \"Pave Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot\" View the Toronto Star article \"Battle brews over western Toronto beaches\" View the Spacingwire April 24th article SEE the beautiful willow tree parkland posted on The Bulletin website. Please Note: Due to the large number of visitors wanting to see the willows, the Bulletin website might be down during various times of the day.
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