As it so happens, this is 10 minutes from my house. So, I saw a news clip on this issue this morning and grabbed my camera and went out.
Here is the story:
The Tom Riley Park STAIRS brew-ha-ha that has gone INTERNATIONAL. CNN picked it up, the BBC picked it up (so I am told) and the local media is a buzz and all over this story!
What's the story?
There is a parking lot near Bloor and Islington that leads down a treacherous slope to the park below and what looks like, allotments for gardens. Residents have fallen taking this short cut. There is a proper entrance to the area on the other side of the park which is completely inconvenient to those coming in from Bloor.
Someone had a ROPE attached to the guard rail and people simple repelled down the slope. One person slipped and broke a wrist doing it.
So, local retired resident Adi Asti build a really nice wooden staircase. Why? Because he approached the City and they said it would cost up to $150,000!!
I love the City of Toronto! Such a fun place to have your tax money spent.
Adi built the stairs for $500! Did a nice job too.
City REMOVED Adi's stairs, Pronto-Quick.
The good news is..... they are putting in a PROPER staircase by next Friday! $15,000. It will be concrete, and safe, of course!
As you might anticipate, I am sure our TAXES SHOULD GO UP BY 10% NEXT YEAR TO COVER THE COST!
Seriously, you think they aren't already thinking about it!!!
Took these images 30 minutes ago.....
This is Adi, a retiree who is now WORLD FAMOUS! Too funny. Nice guy too! Very pleasant.
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This is City Councillor Robert Di Ciano... right in the thick of it. To his credit, he is on-side with the issue.
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This is what is left of the STAIRS!! Nothing. City removed them, back to the treacherous slope. New concrete stairs in by next Friday! WOW!
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