A Canadian man built steps for his community park, but the City of Toronto is angry that he went ahead and did so even though city officials were planning to set aside $65,000 to complete the project. Adi Astl, of Toronto, is a retired mechanic who decided to build the stairs at Tom Riley Park, in Etobicoke, Ontario, after several people fell down the poorly constructed steps that led to a garden, according to CTV News.
Astl paid $550 in materials and also received private donations. He hired a homeless person and together the two built the eight steps.
Toronto officials had estimated the construction of the stairs would cost from $65,000 to $150,000.
“I thought they were talking about an escalator,” Astl said.
Gail Rutherford, Astl’s wife, said the new stairs her husband built were already contributing to the city’s safety.
“I’ve seen so many people fall over that rocky path that was there to begin with,” Rutherford said. “It’s a huge improvement over what was there.”
“To me, the safety of the people is more important than money,” Astl said. “So if the city is not willing to do it, I have to do it myself.”
The stairs have been blocked off by tape and they will remain that way until city officials come up with a solution. Astl has not been fined and is not facing criminal charges.