Project: A Simple Park
Stairway, Final Accounting
A Case Study of an Actual
Simple Project - Part 3
Remember again that set of garden steps in the
corner of Tom Riley Park we told you about last September?
The ones where the City of Toronto originally quoted a price of $65,000 to build
a new set but a senior citizen,, along
with the help of a homeless man, built the stairs, see Figure 1,
for only $550? As the mayor of Toronto promised, see Figure 2,
they would be torn down and rebuilt to the proper standards of safety.
Credit: Shannon McKarney
Figure 1: The homemade flight of stairs
2: The Mayor's letter
Well, we now know that the city did tear down the
home-made stairs and built a new "safe" stairway. Here are the new city-built
stairs, almost finished, see Figure 3.
Credit: Craig Chivers/CBC
Figure 3: new concrete staircase opened in Etobicoke's
Tom Riley Park
According to a statement obtained by CBC Toronto from a
city spokesperson, the final cost of the installation was a mere $10,000.
also now know what the city considers to be "reasonable pricing" for the original
problem to be solved. See original Musing - September
Citizen Adi Astl
2. Amara McLaughlin · CBC News · Posted:
Jul 28, 2017 10:37 PM ET, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/tom-riley-park-stairs-rebuilt-1.4227365