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Construction Update - May 2014

Hard to believe that we are half way through spring already. Now that all the ice is gone from the channel and the shoreline, you can really see how far work has progressed on the harbour entrance. This month, construction crews are finalizing the beach curb on the west spit as you approach the new breakwater. Beach walkers will notice that the construction fence has been relocated and the beach has been groomed.

On the east side of the channel, crews are placing the final core material and armourstone on the new east breakwater in preparation for the construction of the concrete walkway (see above photograph). In order to bring in the necessary materials and machinery, the temporary bridge was installed this month over the Liverpool Road bridge. The temporary bridge is not open to pedestrian traffic, however the boardwalk on west side of the Liverpool Road bridge will remain open to provide access. Please take extra care when visiting Millenium Square over the next few months and adhere to posted instructions, particularly during weekday hours.

Krosno Creek Flood Reduction Study - Notice of Public Information Centre #2

On behalf on the City of Pickering, please be advised that the second Public Information Centre (PIC) for the Krosno Creek Flood Reduction Study (formerly referred to as the Krosno Creek Diversion Study) Class Environmental Assessment project will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in the Civic Complex Lobby and Council Chambers from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, with a presentation at 7:00 pm.

The purpose of PIC #2 is to review the information presented at PIC #1, provide responses to the comments received and to present conceptual designs for the preliminary preferred solution of culvert improvements at Morden Lane, Reytan Boulevard and Alyssum Street.

The notice of the PIC was published in the Pickering News Advertiser on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 and will be subsequently published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 and Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The notice is available on the City's website. In addition, the notice has been sent to all residents in the study area as well as to all parties on our project mailing list.

If you have any questions or if you require additional information about the project, please visit the City of Pickering website http://www.pickering.ca/en/cityhall/KrosnoCreekDS.asp or contact:

Mr. Tom Dole, P.Eng.
Water Resources Engineer
City of Pickering
One The Esplanade
Pickering, ON, L1V 6K7
tel: 905.420.4660 ext. 2156

Community Corner

Lake Ontario Evenings: "Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes" Edition
Monday, June 2, 6- 9 pm
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
Doors open at 6 pm, presentations start at 6:30 pm
The alien invaders are here and taking over! Do you know what this means to the health and economy of Lake Ontario? Please join us for the third edition of Lake Ontario Evenings 2014 "Alien Invaders of the Great Lakes" to find out! The evening will feature presentations from the following experts: Dr. Nicholas Mandrak, University of Toronto, Matt Smith, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and Becky Cudmore, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).  This is free event. For more details and to register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca

Rouge Days
Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8
Locations throughout the Rouge River watershed
Contact: TRCA at 416-661-6600 ext. 5753, rougedays@trca.on.ca
Rouge Days is returning for its 5th year. Join us for fun hikes, nature events, workshops and more. Take a look at the schedule for more details.

Rouge Days Wildflower Planting
Thursday, June 5, 10 am to 12 pm
Rosebank Road South and Bella Vista Drive
Contact: Michelle Pearce at 905-420-4660 ext.2043
Website: www.rougedays.ca
Join the City of Pickering and Toronto and Region Conservation in planting a wildflower garden. Enjoy the scenic views of the Rouge River and Lake Ontario while participating in a family-friendly activity along the waterfront trail. The activity starts at the Western Gateway, located in south Pickering along Bella Vista Drive. Follow Rosebank Road south over the railroad tracks and turn right onto Bella Vista Drive.

Celebrate Spring Wildflower Planting
Saturday, June 7, 9 - 11 am
Alex Robertson Park (on the west side of Sandy Beach Road south of Bayly Street) Meet in the parking lot.
Contact: Margo Sloan at 905-839-6746 ext.5076, margaret.sloan@opg.com
Community members are invited to help plant wildflowers to create pollinator habitat and to enhance the wildlife corridor in Alex Robertson Park. This is a rain or shine event. Participating students get credit for community service hours

History in Action Saturdays
Starting Saturday, May 31 to Saturday August 30
Pickering Museum Village, 2365 Concession 6, Greenwood
Contact: Mandy Smiles at 905-683-8401
Website: http://www.pickering.ca/en/museum.asp                                                    Experience History in Action! Free with admission.
May 31 ~ Blue Ribbon Baking
June 14 ~ Once Upon a Saturday
June 21~ History in Lights, Camera, Action!
June 28~ Dig Up Your Roots
July 5~ Fascination with Fibre
July 12 - Survivor…Settler Style!
July 19~ Making it All Work
July 26~ It’s Note-Worthy
*August 2~ Night at the Museum 6:30 - 8:30 pm
August 9~ Amazing Pioneer Race
August 16~ Tiber, Trails and Trekking
*August 23~ Night at the Museum 6:30 - 8:30 pm
August 30~ Keep the Home Fires Burning
* New this year

Durham West Blues Fest
Friday, June 13, 6 pm to Sunday, June 15, 6 pm
Annandale Golf & Country Club, 221 Church Street, Ajax
Contact: Lori Murray at 905-831-8661, dwbf@rogers.com
Website: http://www.durhamwestbluesfest.com/
The 1st Annual Durham West Blues Fest will feature various workshops and live music performances from award winning and internationally known Canadian blues artists. In addition to world-class blues, the Durham West Blues Fest will include the musical instrument inspired art project and silent auction, where artisans bring music to life through their creative expression.

Gates Open In Home and Garden Tour
Saturday, June 14, 10 am to 4 pm
580 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax
Contact: Maureen Dowhaniuk at 905-683-2320 ext. 1212, mdowhaniuk@rougevalley.ca
The Rouge Valley Health System Foundation is pleased to present the second annual Gates Open In Home and Garden Tour. Eight homes and eight gardens in the bluffs area of Scarborough will be presented to interested attendees.