Aug 03, 2023
By Christine Ross
The Zoomer Advocacy group CARP is calling on the city to reconsider plans to ban drivers from High Park on weekends.
“This is really coming down to an issue of age discrimination,” says CARP’s Community Officer Anthony Quinn.
He told ‘Fight Back’ with guest host Liz West on Zoomer Radio, CARP has fired off a letter to Mayor Olivia Chow outlining their concerns.
“Those with limited mobility require a car to access High Park, it’s a two km walk into the park from the suggested parking zones and public transit isn’t always an option, it really has come down to leave Grandma at home” said Quinn. “The park will eventually be completely car free according to this plan and that will prevent older adults with mobility issues from attending the park.”
Meantime, the city is investigating the conduct of one of its employees who was seen pushing his vehicle into a protester at the Park last night.
Video of the incident shows a man slowly driving his car into a woman who is blocking the roadway at the Bloor Street entrance, where dozens of people had gathered for a rally protesting the changes.
Beginning Saturday, drivers will only be allowed to drive in the park on weekdays and public parking has been reduced by about 50 per cent.