Crews work to protect Ashbridges Bay Beach amidst worst flooding in 50 years
The city's main priority is protecting the Leuty Lifeguard Station, which is a heritage structure, and the boardwalk. (CP24)
Amara McLaughlin, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:21PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:28PM EDT
A new lake has sprung at Ashbridges Bay Beach.
A large quantity of water pooled on the beach is encroaching on some of the park’s iconic and vital features, including its volleyball courts and a portion of the boardwalk.
This is the worst flooding that one of the city’s most popular parks has experienced in the last 50 years, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation said.
“Ashbridges flooded as a result of waves from recent storms,” said Matthew Cutler, a spokesperson for Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “These kinds of changes in the waterfront are quite natural.”
The creation of a new inner lake on the waterfront of Lake Ontario has city and conservation staff working to ensure the safety of surrounding structures.
Their main priority is protecting the Leuty Lifeguard Station, which is a heritage structure, and the boardwalk.
City crews have begun building breakwaters by adding armour stone in order protect these features , Cutler said.
“Once we’ve completed this work, we and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will revisit the broader issue to determine next steps,” he explained.
This isn’t the only area of the beach being overrun by water.
Around a third of the area where the volleyball court sits is underwater.
According to Cutler, 30 years ago these courts were a bay and part of Lake Ontario.
With the Ashbridges Bay Volleyball programming not scheduled to start until May 8, Cutler is hopeful “the water will evaporate and retreat over time” with warmer weather expected in the next few weeks.
Cutler told CP24 that rising water levels on the beach haven’t affected neighbouring Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment plant.