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In fairness, we can barely handle the upkeep of the fountains we currently have. In this penny-pinching city, I don't think we could handle any more.
 

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I see that the Parks Department has solved the issue of the dead fountain in Trinity Square: paint the water in! Why is no one at the city embarrassed by this, across from City Hall and beside the city’s number one tourist attraction.

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I see that the Parks Department has solved the issue of the dead fountain in Trinity Square: paint the water in! Why is no one at the city embarrassed by this, across from City Hall and beside the city’s number one tourist attraction.

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Last year Wong-Tam's office told me last year that it would be repaired in 2021 - problem is that it is on top of parking and apparently leaks. Maybe 2022?
 

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Last year Wong-Tam's office told me last year that it would be repaired in 2021 - problem is that it is on top of parking and apparently leaks. Maybe 2022?

Best I can tell, its not a line-item in the 2021 Capital Budget.

But that doesn't preclude that it was budgeted for, because there are always assorted 'minor improvements' and 'maintenance' accounts. Though major fountain repairs often get their own item.

Currently one set of fountains got their own line-item last year, which was Habourfront, Marine, Fountains and Seatwalls (together well over 23M; though I expect the Seawalls are eating the bulk of that)
 

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However there are hundreds of millions of dollars collected by the city from developers for “parkland dedication”, sitting in the bank, yet a major broken fountain can’t be fixed.

The Planning Act is prescriptive on this:

S. 42 money (parkland acquisition) can't be used that way:

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This pot of money is to create new parkland for additional residents.

Taxes are meant to fund routine repairs.

In theory, S. 37 funds could be used for this purpose if so desired.
 

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The Planning Act is prescriptive on this:

S. 42 money (parkland acquisition) can't be used that way:

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This pot of money is to create new parkland for additional residents.

Taxes are meant to fund routine repairs.

In theory, S. 37 funds could be used for this purpose if so desired.
From Marcus Gee in the G&M, August 12, 2016:

Up by City Hall, the Trinity Square fountain at the west side of the Eaton Centre is out of order. Normally, water flows in a long watercourse down to Bay Street, forming a rushing urban stream. Now it's bone dry and barren. The stream was leaking into the adjacent office building. The city reports that, "This is a significant repair beyond our operations team's capacity. It has been referred to the capital-projects team for planning and budget allocation."

Note that Trinity Square and the portion of land that comes out to Bay Street is 100% city-owned land. It does not appear that the underground garage from the Bell building extends under the fountain so what we seem to have is a lack of waterproofing under and beside the fountain itself. Also, remember that the award-winning design of Trinity Square came out of a prestigious design competition in 1980 that was won by the Thom Partnership (and Steven Moorhead). To have it remain in this state for over five years says something of our priorities (and of our politicians).

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