The basketball courts next to Forest Glade Community Centre have been in terrible condition for many years. It is unacceptable considering that they are located in the heart of Forest Glade and adjacent to the arena, library, community centre, tennis courts and baseball diamonds where thousands of residents of Forest Glade gather for recreation.
As you can see from the photos – there are basketball poles with no backboard, some with no rim, and others with no backboard and no rim. Most are badly deteriorated. The basketball court surface is rutted, overgrown with weeds and a public safety hazard.
I emailed these photos to the Mayor and the Executive Director of Parks on January 7th, 2016 and have had discussions with Administration about bringing these courts back up to an acceptable standard.
I kick-started 2016 by taking a few photos of the dilapidated state of the median on Banwell Road between Little River and Wyandotte Street East. This median has been a sore spot for residents of this gateway boulevard for years. It is a gateway boulevard because thousands of residents use this boulevard as their main thoroughfare in and out of East Riverside.
The Mayor has an open door policy where Councillors can raise concerns and Ward specific issues – and so I took full advantage by presenting the Mayor with these photos on January 5th and meeting with him in his office to discuss possible solutions to this longstanding problem.
You will observe in the photos that 10 out of 35 tree wells sit empty, unkempt and overgrown that represent a staggering 29 per cent of the total tree wells on the entire stretch of boulevard. You’ll also notice that the median is stained in some parts and the photos illustrate crumbling concrete in others.
On January 4th, 2016 I tabled a Council Questions asking the Parks Department to report back with a plan to improve the median on Banwell Road.
Check back periodically for updates as I work with Administration to get this issue resolved.