Taylor Creek Park
Taylor Massey Project

Reach A1

Taylor Creek Park constitutes an unusually broad and green oasis running about 4 kilometres through the middle of East York, from Dawes Road all the way to "The Forks", the area where Taylor Massey Creek, The East Don, and The West Don all merge, and which provides the name of our newsletter, At the Forks . The area offers something for everyone: paved path, mown lawn, barbeque areas and picnic tables, small wetlands, well-treed slopes, areas being naturalized, and two off-shooting habitat treasures: the Ferris and Curity Ravines.

Unfortunately, the reach is severely challenged ecologically, with several combined sewer overflows, probable leachate trickling from old landfills sites, severe gabion basket failure, narrow riparian plantings, one major fish barrier, and non-native species establishing a foothold.

To help deal with such a long reach, FODE has broken it into two sub-sections:

  • Reach A1b, which we have called Stan Wadlow, runs from Dawes Road to the O'Connor bridge, and the whole area has been identified as an Environmentally Significant Area, or ESA.
  • A1a, Parkview Hills, runs from the bridge to the Forks. Please see the sections below.

Reach Issues: A1a - Parkview Hills
  • Extensive storm flows need to be moderated
  • Heavy erosion requires extensive channel form naturalization
  • Area has one fish barrier
  • FODE hopes WWF will help eliminate non-native species, increase riparian plantings, and create small wetlands.

Reach Issues: A1b - Stan Wadlow

  • Area has several priority outfalls and combined sewer outfalls to be addressed
  • Heavy erosion requires extensive channel form naturalization
  • Seepage from old landfills needs to be contained
  • FODE hopes WWF will help eliminate non-native species, increase riparian plantings, and create small wetlands

Other Information

Sub-reach Photos (2002)

Downstream Reach
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