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Updated: May 22, 2017

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Marie Curtis Park is located in the extreme southwest corner of Toronto, on the Mississauga border, at the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek. The park was created in the 1950s following Hurricane Hazel. The hurricane destroyed the houses at the mouth of the creek, and moved the creek mouth east. The municipal boundary follows the original location of the creek.

The park is overdue for a redesign. This was supposed to happen as part of the Arsenal Lands plan, which included the lands immediately to the west in Mississauga. That plan is stalled, so the City of Toronto and the TRCA are proceeding with plans to redesign the Toronto portion of the park. 

The first concept plan was presented at a public open house in June 2010. Staff took the comments from that open house back and reworked the plan. This revised master plan was presented to the public on November 9, 2010 at the Assembly Hall:

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The City of Toronto has budgeted 2.8 million dollars for this project in 2011 - 2012. City and TRCA staff are working hard to ensure this project gets built before that money is lost. They presented a 2-year work plan. The work planned for 2011 looks like this:

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The most contentious part of the plan has been the parking lots. Most of that work is planned for the second year. Here is the 2012 work plan:

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The City of Toronto is actively seeking public comments on this new revitalization plan for Marie Curtis Park. Click here for the comment sheet, or you can e-mail comments directly to Leslie Coates, Manager of Waterfront and Special Projects. Please submit your comments by November 19th.

There were several comments at the November public meeting regarding the lack of information and apparent lack of involvement with the City of Mississauga. The property right across the municipal border is owned by the TRCA, and although Mississauga was ahead of Toronto in their plans a few years ago, they have fallen behind as the scope of their project has grown. You can see their original master plan on our Arsenal Lands page. All parties are still working closely together, but Mississauga isn’t quite ready to make their plans public yet.

Another linkage will be enhanced on the east side of Etobicoke Creek next year when the existing (and freshly resurfaced) creek trail is extended under the QEW to Sherway Drive. You can learn more about that extension here.

November 29, 2010

The issue of moving the parking lots has now become the subject of a petition by local residents. CCFEW supports the principle of moving parking away from the creek where possible and locating it closer to the streets. This serves the dual goals of protecting water quality and increasing visibility of parking lots to enhance public safety. The parking lot on the west side of the creek includes a boat launch, which by definition must be at the water’s edge. We will be working with the City and TRCA to ensure that run-off from this lot into the creek is minimized in the detailed design phase.

If you would like to see the plan as presented in June, the details are in these PDF files (note: very large files!)

Full Concept Plans (3 pages)

Detailed sections of proposed plan (6 pages)

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