East York Days
Councillor Fragedakis reached out to East End Arts about building on the success of the East York/East Toronto Cultural Hotspot and animate the newly improved grounds of the East York Civic Centre.
Together they came up with a plan for two free concerts at the East York Civic Centre on June 20 & July 18.
East York Civic Centre Landscape Improvements
In the fall of 2016, work was completed on landscape improvements at the East York Civic Centre.
Many residents had previously raised concerns about the safety on some of the pathways at the facility.
Councillor Fragedakis reached out to City staff to see what could be done to make the space safer, serve the community better and honour the Cenotaph and Memorial Gardens.
After extensive community consultation, including input from the Royal Canadian Legion, a Landscape Architect developed plans to revitalize the East York Civic Centre grounds to transform it into the heart of the community and promote sustainability in this civic open space.
Some of the improvements include more trees, more benches and improved gardens with seasonal colourful plants. The landscaping also includes measures to reduce stormwater runoff and reduce the urban heat island effect. Councillor Fragedakis has also revived the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Civic Centre.
As well, restoration work was done on the War Memorial.
East York Chain of Office
The East York Chain of Office has been mounted in a display case with commemorative plaque and will be permanently exhibited at the East York Civic Centre. An important part of East York history, it was first presented to True Davidson, the first mayor of the Borough of East York. The chain of office was designed using elements from the former Town of Leaside and Township of East York when the two came together in 1967 to form the Borough of East York. It was worn by every East York Mayor and was last worn by Michael Prue.
A new natural gas generator was installed at the East York Civic Centre so it can operate as an emergency centre even when there is a power outage. This was in response to the 2013 ice storm, when the Civic Centre was closed due to a loss of power.