Published here September 2018

 

Musings Index

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,[1], 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.

Figure 1: The homemade flight of stairs
Photo Credit: Shannon McKarney
Figure 1: The homemade flight of stairs
Figure 2: The Mayor's letter
Figure 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.

Figure 3: new concrete staircase opened in Etobicoke's Tom Riley Park
Photo 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.

We also now know what the city considers to be "reasonable pricing" for the original problem to be solved. See original Musing - September 2017.


1. Senior 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
 
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