Friends of Smythe Park
Smythe Park is Conn Smythe's former sand pit that has been transformed into a beautiful park that is home to many wildlife and where people from around the world congregate with families to feel the healing qualities and pure relief from living in an urban environment.
It is situated in an underserved community that has (especially during the pandemic) been revealed to have been neglected for decades. With a high immigration population and many living in high rises, it provides a vital source for physical and mental well being.
Currently, it is under threat. It is situated west of Jane Street and straddles Black Creek which for the last few years has been flooding sewage and other toxins throughout the park and its 7 ponds killing flora and fauna. The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority's latest plans show that they will be sending 2xs the amount of sewage to the park by the work they are doing east of Jane Street and by widening the Jane bridge (boarders Smythe Park). It appears that Smythe Park will be used as a sewage water holding area and we are alarmed by this. Black Creek is Toronto's cement creek which was built to combat flooding after Hurricane Hazel. The TRCA is removing the cement and naturalizing the creek for miles up to Smythe Park. We want them to naturalize the creek in the park section as well. We are organizing to save Smythe Park at this time and will hopefully continue to protect it well into the future.
It is on Carrying Place and we want to hold events celebrating First Nations by stencilling a moccasin along Black Creek and have the water blessed.
Parks we work in:
- Smythe Park
Things we do:
- waterkeepers (river/stream)