06/01/2012 07:43 EDT | Updated 08/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Ford to learn about park purchase application today

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will decide on Friday whether Mayor Rob Ford can buy a piece of parkland next to his Etobicoke home.

In a letter, the mayor and his wife say they want to purchase the 250 square-metre parcel to install a better security fence and provide a safer play space for their children.

A staff report says the sale of the land on would "violate" TRCA policy which discourages private development of parkland. It does suggest a short-term lease of the land as a possible option.

At an earlier meeting, TRCA officials said they couldn't recall another instance of a piece of parkland being sold to a resident.

The patch of land became front-page news earlier this month when Ford confronted a Toronto Star reporter who was near his property while researching a story about the purchase application.