STREETSCAPE & BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS
The Parkdale Village BIA funds and manages a number of neighbourhood beautification projects and assets in the area which help beautify, create safer streets, enhances way finding and gateway intersections into the area as well as helps tie the area visually.
We continue to manage the installation, watering and maintenance of our 180+ ﬂoral assets including sidewalk planters, gardens, and hanging ﬂower baskets on storefronts. The hanging floral baskets are hung from a decorative metal bracket that is secured to your façade, this bracket remains year round.
To request a ﬂoral hanging basket contact us! The sidewalk planters are permanent fixtures and are located along Queen Street West and some side streets. Seasonal floral arrangements are watered and installed in the Spring & Winter, to report any vandalism or damage please contact us.
As part of our mandate to create safer streets, enhance way finding and gateway intersections into the area as well as help tie the area visually, the BIA has installed over 40 pedestrian lights along Queen Street West and some side streets. Seasonal décor such as floral hanging baskets or decorative winter lighting (snowflakes) is added to the pedestrian lights. To report damage or maintenance needs contact our office.
MURALS AND PUBLIC ART
Parkdale’s public art is an attractive display of community pride and local talent. The BIA worked with local artists to add 8 new murals on Bell utility boxes in 2017 and regularly supports new mural projects to beauty the neighbourhood. The StreetARToronto or StART is a pro-active program that aims to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities. If you would like to learn more about this program, click here. Additionally, you can visit The City of Toronto Financial Incentive Program Page for other mural grant opportunities. Let us know if you would like to have a mural installed in your laneway or on your building!
In 2017 over 600 instances of graﬃti were removed in Parkdale as a part of the BIA’s graﬃti removal maintenance program. As part of your membership we pay and manage removal from the front of your building façade as well as the sides (up to 25 feet from the sidewalk). Inspections and removals take place on a bi-weekly basis (weather depending). Let us know if your building requires attention within or beyond the parameters.
The BIA has a number of other branded assets such as 32 decorative banners on utility poles, as well as Parkdale stickers on 30+ City litter receptacles. In 2018 a number of the aging Village of Parkdale street signs will be updated and by 2019 we hope to add decorative Gateway Signage at the Queen Street West & Roncesvalles Avenue intersection.
FACADE IMPROVEMENT GRANT
A grant is available in February, the City of Toronto, Economic Development administers the program which provides funding to property owners and tenants to redesign, renovate or restore commercial building facades.
Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, brick cleaning, restoration, wheelchair accessibility, doors, signage, windows, lighting and masonry. For more details on the program and eligibility, please call the City of Toronto at 416-392-1005 or visit The City of Toronto Financial Incentive Program Page. You can also view the 2013 Facade Improvement Program Presentation or call our office & we can assist you with the Grant Application process.
WORLD PEACE MONUMENT
The Parkdale Village BIA manages the maintenance of the monument located outside the Toronto Public Library in the Parkdale ‘Town Square’. The monument/fountain was erected in 2005 and is currently scheduled for repairs. If you have any questions regarding the status of the structure please contact our office.
Our BIA and Pyramid Wealth Management Inc. have worked together to offer you customized business financial plans for our BIA members. This includes health and dental benefits for individuals and families, Employee Benefit Plans for your company, Key-Person Insurance, Retirement Plans or custom plans. For more information click here or call 416-366-2971 ext 7490.
NAVIGATING CITY SERVICES
Need a license or permit? Questions about your Property Tax Assessment? Want to get money back for reducing your energy use? The BIA is here to help you navigate City processes and take advantage of it’s resources, services, and incentive programs. Let us know how we can help you.
PROMOTIONS & EVENTS
The Parkdale Village BIA promotes your business or organization through our web directory, monthly newsletter and active social media accounts. In addition to our promotional branded balloons, shop window decals and reusable bags, we produce and distribute over 5,000 community brochures and support and sponsor a number of community initiatives. Have an event you need help with, contact us today!
‘Parkdale Village Anniversary’ Campaign – January 26-28th, 2018
Celebrate the 139th anniversary of Parkdale becoming a village with in-store promotions and events while we spread Parkdale love via our website, posters & social media. Ask us about donating merchandise for our online contest! Click here for past coverage.
The 6th annual Saturday outdoor street festival features a sidewalk sale with over 100 vendors, live entertainment, FREE family-friendly activities. Take part in the 1.4km sidewalk sale, and visit one of 4 markets including the 10,000 sqft outdoor Night Market showcasing Parkdale’s eclectic food and chefs. Contact us to become a vendor or sponsor. Click here for past coverage.
This campaign encourages shoppers to support local businesses during the holiday season. In addition to our subway and bus shelter advertising and poster campaign we promote shopping across our web and social media platforms. Let us know if you have a deal/sale we can share!
OUT IN THE COMMUNITY
In addition to our Random Acts of Kindness Ambassadors who venture out into the community throughout the year, the Parkdale Village BIA sponsors and supports over a dozen local events throughout the year such as; Momo Crawl, Vintage Crawl, Parkdale School Fun Fair, Parkdale Collegiate Institute Student Photography Initiative. If you have a community initiative you would like to share with us, please email your proposal to [email protected]