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West Don River in E.T. Seton Park Major Maintenance Project (TRCA)

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Event coming up: TRCA will host an online Public Information Centre (PIC) meeting on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 PM.

Project Location​

The project is located southwest of the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road, in the City of Toronto. The project area is along a section of the West Don River that flows through the Ernest Thompson Seton Park. There are three clusters of erosion hazards sites within the project area (see map below).

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Event coming up: TRCA will host an online Public Information Centre (PIC) meeting on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 PM.



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For the site adjacent to the ET Seton (north) parking lot, the problem is glaringly obvious using Sat. Photos.

The parking lot is about to go in the drink.

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From this Streetview photo below we can see that the parking is sited far too close to the river bank; it breaks the TRCA's own rule of being no less than 10M from stable top of bank.


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What I would like to see here is the outright removal of the row of spaces closest to the river, to allow room to shape a 'natural' 45 degree slope down to the river, and create a planted buffer zone at the top.

Truth be told, I'd rather get rid of the parking, but I don't see that happening, so I'll settle for shrinking the lot to allow an ecological gain and protection of infrastructure.

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This appears to be the second site in:

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Here, much as I value natural buffers, that doesn't appear to be the critical issue (without having read the Geomorphic study).

I expect there will be some minor re-alignment of the river here, then backfill in and reconstruct the bank. But if they want to add some natural area, I'll take it.

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The damage is spot three is less obvious by Sat. Photo, but one can see how close the river is to undermining the bike trail.

I'm only guessing at this stage, as the materials aren't yet online, but I expect this will be new hardened bank (Armour Stone)

It would be nice to soften the turn and restore some habitat; but as this is directly across from the Archery Range there is very little spare real estate.

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For the site adjacent to the ET Seton (north) parking lot, the problem is glaringly obvious using Sat. Photos.

The parking lot is about to go in the drink.

View attachment 300408

From this Streetview photo below we can see that the parking is sited far too close to the river bank; it breaks the TRCA's own rule of being no less than 10M from stable top of bank.


View attachment 300407

What I would like to see here is the outright removal of the row of spaces closest to the river, to allow room to shape a 'natural' 45 degree slope down to the river, and create a planted buffer zone at the top.

Truth be told, I'd rather get rid of the parking, but I don't see that happening, so I'll settle for shrinking the lot to allow an ecological gain and protection of infrastructure.

****

This appears to be the second site in:

View attachment 300409

Here, much as I value natural buffers, that doesn't appear to be the critical issue (without having read the Geomorphic study).

I expect there will be some minor re-alignment of the river here, then backfill in and reconstruct the bank. But if they want to add some natural area, I'll take it.

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The damage is spot three is less obvious by Sat. Photo, but one can see how close the river is to undermining the bike trail.

I'm only guessing at this stage, as the materials aren't yet online, but I expect this will be new hardened bank (Armour Stone)

It would be nice to soften the turn and restore some habitat; but as this is directly across from the Archery Range there is very little spare real estate.

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Re the archery range...I believe this is near/at where the Ontario Line will traverse?
 

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Re the archery range...I believe this is near/at where the Ontario Line will traverse?
I believe the plan (without looking back at the preliminary routing) was just to the south of the Range (so very close by, yes)
 
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Meeting was held on this, and presentation slides are up.

They can be found, here: https://s3-ca-central-1.amazonaws.c.../23095805/Seton-PIC1-Presentation-Feb19-1.pdf

From said presentation: (area, + preliminary preferred alternative); for other options, please see the link above.

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Work is tentatively scheduled for 2024/2025

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My comments:

I broadly agree with the three concepts above.

However, in the case of area 1, I did identify to the TRCA that I feel the parking area should see the spaces which closely encroach on the creek bank removed to allow a more a natural, less erosion-prone slope/bank.

I have also advocated for considering whether this would be an ideal time for a joint project with the City to 'green' the parking lot by using permeable paving materials and naturalized buffer landscapes of native plants.

Should anyone else wish to the share their thoughts, commenting is open only for the next days, to March 14th.

That link is here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/Resp...q0PnaNZBUNTM4SElINTZRQ1hNQllSNDg3WTdUVFBTVi4u
 

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Maybe by this weekend or next, the stairs from Eglinton to the parking lot will be ready to be use. 1st flight of stairs with railing on it at the base with the rest waiting installing. Steel stairs and not sure what type of treads are being used as too far away to see it. Could have concrete treads that will be pour once in place.
 

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