[URBAN NOTE] “Torontonians support Rail Deck Park: poll”
The Toronto Star‘s David Rider notes relatively strong support for the idea of the Rail Deck Park.
A Forum Research survey of 778 Torontonians conducted last week found that 51 per cent support the proposal championed by Mayor John Tory and now being studied by city staff at the direction of council.
The respondents were asked: “Do you approve or disapprove of Mayor Tory’s plan to build a 21-acre park above the railroad tracks downtown, to be called the Rail Deck Park? This park may cost about $1 billion.”
Some 38 per cent disapproved of the proposal, unveiled in August, while 10 per cent had no opinion.
However, when asked: “Do you agree or disagree public funds should be spent building this downtown park?” almost half — 46 per cent — disagreed, while 37 per cent support public funding and 17 per cent said they did not know.
The cost to build the park totals at least $1.05 billion if the city decks over the entire span from Bathurst St. to Blue Jays Way. That early estimate does not include the unknown cost of buying air rights over the rail lands.