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Downsview plan obsolete

The current plan for Downsview Park has been around so long — since 1999 — it has become obsolete.
The North York community council yesterday endorsed revising the document over the next 12 months in light of the planned subway extension that will skirt the park and include a new station on the grounds.
Tentatively slated to be completed by 2015, the extension of the Spadina line from Downsview to York University and beyond is expected to attract development revenues that will help pay for park construction costs of $100 million to $110 million.
When the federal government announced in 1993 that the former military base would become a massive park, it stipulated construction funds would have to come from land sales and leases.
“I think we all recognize that the federal government gives nothing to Downsview with respect to funding,” said David Soknacki, a former city councillor who now chairs the park’s board.

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