Friends of Sam Smith Park has just come to understand that it was a Lake Shore Yacht Club member who actually designed and built the current nesting platform, including the floating steps, and located it on one of their marker buoys on the east side. A previous post had wrongly attributed this year's successful attempt solely to the Toronto Region Conservation Authority's efforts. There was confusion because TRCA has been working on this for the last three years and, in the absence of all the information, it was assumed that they were responsible.
So, kudos to the Yacht Club as well as TRCA. Those of us who are so excited about our new Sam Smith family owe you both a big thank-you.
There is, unfortunately, a general perception that many of those in the boating community do not care about surrounding park land. This couldn't be further from the truth and LSYC's simple solution to the grebe nesting problem illustrates their commitment.