Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW ASPHALT SURFACE ON PARK PATHWAY



Some park users have questioned the reasons behind the new asphalt surface on the former crushed limestone pathway running south from Cumberland House.  They are worried that a non-permeable surface might have a detrimental effect on the roots of the old trees closely bordering the path.

Jorge Ture, Park Supervisor, South Etobicoke - Wards 5 &6, responded to a recent request for information on this matter with the following email .......

"As previously mentioned the decision to go with a hard surface pathway at this location was made by myself which I based on 28 years of park management experience. Although I appreciate that you may not agree with this decision there are many park users who do and are happy and to see this improvement to the park. All park users are given the opportunity to provide us with their opinions and feedback at any time by contact 311 or 311@toronto.ca and with 144 park locations in my area of jurisdiction I receive a significant and varied amount of feedback which helps guide me when making decisions on issues such as this."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"ELECTROFISHING" RESEARCH CARRIED OUT BY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY IN AND AROUND THE PARK

People have been asking for some information on the electrofishing activities that TRCA (Toronto Region Conservation Authority) conducts in Sam Smith Park. The TRCA crew were seen in the inner bay earlier this summer.

Over the past 25 years, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has been extensively involved with the investigation and management of fish communities within TRCA's watersheds.

Electrofishing is a non-lethal method of collecting fish which allows the quick and efficient sampling of a variety of habitats and locations. TRCA's fisheries work has been integral to many projects and programs. Fisheries data provides a critical understanding of ecological conditions associated with TRCA's project sites.

Under the regulatory requirements of both the provincial and federal governments, many projects would not be approved or proceed without this understanding. These ongoing fisheries investigations have contributed to a database of knowledge that has also been instrumental in developing habitat restoration projects and plans.


For more information, click here for a full report on these activities.
The Watershed Monitoring and Reporting team
The Watershed Monitoring and Reporting team
The Watershed Monitoring and Reporting team

TRCA has been monitoring fish in and around Sam Smith Park since 1989. Here is a is a surprisingly long list of the species they have found there in each successive year.



Monday, August 24, 2015

SAM SMITH PARK FARMERS' MARKET




Sam Smith Park Farmers' Market will run Saturdays,

September 12'th to October 17'th (8am-1pm) at the

skating trail. This is a test run for full season next

year and beyond.
 
Live music, prepared foods, local vendors & farms

with organic focus.