Great news! We are one step closer to a sidewalk and cycling path on Brimley Road South to Bluffers Park.

Executive Committee voted to support recommendations for the Scarborough Waterfront Project EA (Environmental Assessment) with important amendments which I tabled to protect pedestrians and the sandy shores of Grey Abbey Beach. The Scarborough Waterfront Project will provide improved and safer access to the waters edge along the Scarborough Bluffs. The EA will now go to City Council and if approved, to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

The Scarborough Bluffs are an iconic natural wonder located at the doorstep of Canada’s largest city.

Our parks, beaches and shorelines are very popular and managing this popularity is key. Experience has shown that in cities worldwide, natural areas need to be effectively managed or they will decline.

On May 14th Executive Committee voted to protect the bluffs, enhance wildlife habitats and improve pedestrian safety along Brimley Road, and better manage our waterfront.

Benefits to the Scarborough Waterfront Project include:

  • Prioritizing re-construction of Brimley Road to include a full-access path for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Protecting and expanding natural heritage features such as terrestrial and fish habitat
  • Protecting the natural beaches at Grey Abbey Park
  • Better management of the sandy beaches that are used every day
  • Provide safer and more enjoyable waterfront experiences accessible to all

Please be assured, I recognize and understand the importance of protecting the unique and natural beauty of the area, and hence, tabled a motion in order to address my outstanding concerns.  This motion was unanimously supported by Executive Committee:

  1. maximize, maintain and/or create new sandy shorelines, including a further review of key sand shorelines such as Grey Abbey;
  2. explore ways to protect existing wave conditions; 
  3. include public amenities such as accessible washroom facilities, through continued engagement of interested stakeholders during the detailed design process.

This approval is an important step forward in an ongoing process.  This project, along with actions already taken, include:

  • The TTC Bluffers 175 bus route helps achieve safe, reliable access to the waterfront
  • Parking regulation changes
  • Parking enforcement on surrounding streets
  • Increased paid-duty Police enforcement
  • Increased enforcement with Municipal Licensing and Standards
  • Added garbage bins and park clean-ups
  • Explored options for overflow parking
  • Installation of a Gatehouse for traffic control on weekends and holidays
  • Vehicle turn-around area when parking lots are full
  • The ability to close Brimley Road at the Kingston Road intersection when parking lots are full
  • Name change at Scarborough Bluffs Park to Scarborough Crescent Park for visitor destination clarification
  • Boat launch enhancement with accompanying pollinator gardens
  • Parking lots closed by 9 p.m. ensuring vehicles are cleared by 10 p.m.

Waterfront parks are extremely popular.  Effective management of this popularity is essential. Getting this right will pay dividends for future generations.