Sunday, June 5, 2011


Kite flying in Toronto parks is currently being dealt with by Toronto City Council.
In order to ensure the health and safety of park users, staff, and wildlife in City parks, the Parks and Environment Committee recommends that…:
  • City Council prohibit kites with strings made out of hazardous materials in City parks.
  • City Council authorize competitive kite flying activities in City parks through the Parks, Forestry and Recreation permit process.
  • City Council prohibit competitive kite flying in parks that have significant bird activity.
This motion passed at the parks committee and now goes on to city council.
For a background to this issue, read this Globe and Mail article and the City’s own report.
Friends of Sam Smith has requested that Sam Smith Park be designated a “park that has significant bird activity”.


mister anchovy said...

Wow, I really had no idea kites were an issue in the park. I've only seen a few little kids flying their little toy kites and one guy who periodically tries, seemingly unsuccessfully, to propel himself into the air.

I suppose if it really is a problem for the birds, we ought to try to fix it, but I'm not convinced getting City Council to create a by-law is going to do the trick. I can't imagine they have enough by-law officers hiding behind the bushes to enforce another rule.

On the other hand, I think a special designation can be effective, combined with an awareness campaign.

Virginia said...

The reasons behind prohibiting kite activity in some of Toronto parks do not terminate with the protection of birds. Even though kite flying indeed is very enjoyable activity, security risks may also involve other animals living in the park, as well as human visitors. Trying to eliminate the number of pointless injuries by some kite constructions that are rather dangerous, seems to be the right thing to do now.