Break-waters in front of Sunnyside

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  1. Dandy Horse

    Dandy Horse Active Member

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    Hi, i was just wondering about the concrete break-waters that go from the Humber River east, in front of Sunnyside Beach. What exactly are these there for? and when did they get built?
    -Cheers
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    Apparently from 1920-25 - from the Western Waterfront Master Plan p. 42:

    And there is a great image of the breakwater under construction from the Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion on p. 32 of the linked document.

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    thanks! I am mostly interested in this because of the alleged ecoli- dangers in the summer at Sunnyside, and then I looked at google maps and it seems that these things divert some of the Humber water along the shore, rather than right out into the lake, creating stagnation. I'd say leave it around the marina area for boats, but the ones near Humber and Sunnyside should be removed, or at least not rebuilt.
    Interesting that this area is lake-fill, how far back is the original shore?
     
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    Breakwaters are to 'break water" and stop or reduce erosion - if they were not there the shoreline would receed.

    If you want to see where the original shoreline was I suggest you look at the many maps on the UT Historic Maps thread or look at:

    City Archives: http://www.toronto.ca/archives/maps.htm

    TPL: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/digital-archive/

    U of T: http://maps.library.utoronto.ca/dvhmp/maps.html
     
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  5. AlvinofDiaspar

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    dandy:

    If you read up on the report I've linked, they are proposing to physically isolate the body of water between the breakwater and the shoreline so that it is more suitable for swimming from a water quality perspective.

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    Lake Shore Rd. at Sunnyside, 1914. The railway is the hill to the right.

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    And in 1908.

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    WOW thats a lot of fill. thanks for the maps!
     
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    Those hydro lines were buried under the Gardiner's south side. The tower's end at the Humber.
     
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