The Greenway, the Greenbelt and the Park will be open this summer.
It’s a long-term vision for how the Greenline will be developed, including how it will connect the neighbourhoods.
But there are some major hurdles ahead.
First, the city needs to secure a new partner to operate the Greenways, which are not on the books as of now.
Toronto has no specific plan for the future of the Greenlines.
The city also needs to create a formal program for the Greenlights, a service that provides funding for the expansion of the greenways and other community uses.
To be sure, the Toronto Parks Board is already on board, but it’s not clear whether it will support the expansion.
The board has not yet made a decision, though, and a new operator is needed.
The other obstacle is the cost of running the Greenlight program.
The cost of operating the Greenlit program has increased from $2.6 million in 2009 to $12.6 to $16 million by 2020, according to the Greenstreet Alliance, a nonprofit group.
To operate it effectively, the park needs to have an effective financial model.
And to do that, it needs to be profitable, said Marc Lortie, president of the Toronto Community Land Trust, which is involved in the Greenlighting process.
But to reach profitability, the program has to be sustainable.
The Greenlifts are currently operating on a shoestring, with the park board paying about $6,000 a month to the operators.
The Toronto Park Board says it expects to make a profit in 2021, but this is the first year that it has to make that prediction.
The park board is spending an average of $3,000 per month to keep up with the program’s costs, Lorties said.
With all of this in mind, Lettie says he doesn’t expect to see much change from the park’s operating model.
He said the park has “taken some very important steps” since 2010 to get more people on the greenlifts.
For example, in 2009, the parks board started requiring that applicants show that they have a solid financial plan to keep the program solvent, Lellie said.
That includes an assessment of the program by the city auditor.
Now, the auditor will assess the park for sustainability every two years.
Letties goal is to make sure the park is sustainable over the long term.
“We want to make the park sustainable over a number of years,” he said.
“That’s our goal.”
Lettys goal is not only sustainable, but also effective, because the program helps reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in the landfill.
“The amount of waste generated from the Greenlives is so low,” Lettis said.
When the park wants to close, it uses the GreenLifts as a temporary source of food for residents, he said, but the system works well as a permanent source of groceries.
That is why Lett’s hope is that the park will be able to sustain itself financially through the summer months, and the park should be able grow and expand during that time.
“It’s not just a temporary program,” he explained.
“They’re not just going to shut down, they’re going to keep on operating.”