With no deal in sight and garbage piling up in temporary dumps, the city is opening three new residential drop-off locations — a move that has upset more residents.
When fencing went up at noon yesterday around the outdoor rink at Campbell Park, near Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street, Andrew Hladkyj suspected his neighbourhood would become a new dumping ground.
“It’s steps from a play structure and a park that is used for soccer every day. People are very upset,” said Hladkyj, who lives across from the park. His six-year-old daughter, Leah, uses the playground daily.
Hladkyj says he’s thinking of contacting Friends of Christie Pits, who held daily protests when that park was turned into a temporary dump. It closed July 5 when it reached capacity.
The other new dump sites, open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., are in Scarborough parking lots — at L’Amoreaux Park, in the Birchmount-Finch area, and Clairlea Park Arena, near Warden and St. Clair.
Coun. Adrian Heaps, who represents the Clairlea area, said neighbours are upset. “Of course, people are not happy … I just ask them to understand,” he said, adding the dump was reduced to a capacity of 16 to 18 days.
Three temporary dumps were closed last night: Earlscourt Park (at Lansdowne and Davenport), Ted Reeve Arena (at Main and Gerrard) and Wishing Well Park (Victoria Park and Highway 401).
With the three new sites, city manager Joe Pennachetti said no additional ones will be needed at least until later next week.
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