The following text is by David Switzer of Long Branch:
The LWC is a Peel project to create a wetland/meadow peninsula around the water treatment plant. To protect it from erosion the suggested plan would have angled the shore line using a cobbled beach. This would eliminate the existing sandy beach west of the channelized mouth of the Etobicoke Creek.
This was of concern to some residents.
The revised plan retains part of existing beach and has a gradual change from sand to stones.
The term “last dynamic beach in the GTA” is one I recall from a study done by the TRCA. In addition to this possible geological value the beach may also be considered the remains of an area that was a community that had a dance hall, cottages and regattas and was washed away as a result of the Hazel storm. From an environmentalist point of view the channelization of the mouth of the river is considered to be an example of well intended but a terrible solution on par with Keating Channel at the Don.
With all of this I though [having a plaque] might bring back memories to some of the older residents, a source of pride to the newer residents and of interest to the increasing visitors to our newly renovated park.
[End of overview by David Switzer]
LWC is Lakeshore Waterfront Connection.
LWCEA is the Lakeshore Waterfront Connection Environmental Assessment, concerning which a Google search will direct you to detailed overviews.
A quick overview of the Marie Curtis Park beach topic – with reference to the current sand beach between Etobicoke Creek and Applewood Creek – can be found here:
The link provides links to previous posts.
Also of relevance is a recent update:
The above-noted post refers to a series of scheduled public information events related to the Lakeview Waterfront Connection initiative:
Marie Curtis Park West Parking Lot near the Playground
Wednesday July 24th (11:00 am to 3:00pm)
Saturday July 27, 2013 (9:00 to 12:00am)
Monday August 5, 2013 (1:00 to 4:00pm)
Lakefront Promenade Park (11:30am to 3:00pm)
Saturday July 27th (10:00am to 2:00pm)
Saturday August 10 (11:30am to 3:00pm)
Saturday August 24 (11:30am to 3:00pm)
Previous posts related to Etobicoke Creek
For more information about Etobicoke Creek please click here.