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Old April 30th, 2012, 05:38 AM   #41
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Gosh, it is a long way out to Bluffer's Park, but at that point you can just follow the car trail down. You can also go down the rather steep little trail I showed above at Warden and Kingston Road; in the old days you could just barely walk along the shore about 2 km and get there. I don't know if the water level is still the same, though. It was an uncomfortable walk, with water coming high up onto stones in places if I remember correctly.
Are we talking about walking along the shoulder of Brimley? The last time I had a go at it (after an hour of walking and searching) I went down the path near Kingston and Glen Everest but after another 30 minutes of walking along the beach, decided not to wade through the brush (and flying bugs!) Warden would be quite a bit west of that. Having gone to the park via car previously, it seemed like the oddest thing to me that I could not find a convenient foot path I thought I was overlooking something.
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I only made the trip along the shoreline by foot once or twice, if I remember correctly.... it
was very awkward at points. I believe another time I tried I simply could not make it as the water was too high.
Once I rode my bike to the normal road down for Bluffer's Park.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 03:41 AM   #43
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The technique is commonly referred to as "walking."
But you do not want to walk over the bluffs - it is a long way down.
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Are we talking about walking along the shoulder of Brimley? The last time I had a go at it (after an hour of walking and searching) I went down the path near Kingston and Glen Everest but after another 30 minutes of walking along the beach, decided not to wade through the brush (and flying bugs!) Warden would be quite a bit west of that. Having gone to the park via car previously, it seemed like the oddest thing to me that I could not find a convenient foot path I thought I was overlooking something.
Anyway you slice it, it is going to be a long walk. If you want to get to Bluffers Park, I would suggest Brimley, and a bike. There may be other ways through the neighbourhood that is to the east of Brimley, but it looks like the walk would be just as long. I would not start from the west.
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Old May 12th, 2012, 10:57 PM   #45
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I'm sure there's lots of beautiful blossoms around now. Anyone have any recent pics?
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Old May 13th, 2012, 07:38 AM   #46
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I'm sure there's lots of beautiful blossoms around now. Anyone have any recent pics?
Strangely, it hasn't been a great spring for blossoms. The crab-apple type trees on University Avenue and at Osgoode Hall didn't look as great as usual this year. That late frost nipped a lot of the blossoms. Apparently up to 30% of the apple crop is ruined in the Niagara region, and they won't know if it got the grape crop till early June. Very disappointing.
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 06:32 PM   #47
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Some parks I photographed yesterday. First, Allan Gardens:



Statue of Robbie Burns:





looking toward the Conservatory:







Cruisin'



then the brand new Sherbourne Common:



It is wonderful! I do wonder how many of the people who claim we have no
waterfront parks and are asking that Ontario Place be turned into a park because
of that fact, have even bothered to come down and use this one:





The water looks silvery as it shimmers down the mesh. Apparently at night
it is beautifully lit!

















I believe that this will be the site of the new Eastern Avenue underpass park
that will be opening this year:





A little park in the St Lawrence Market area:



one of the many parks when you walk from the Distillery District through the St Lawrence Market neighbourhood.



and finally the St Jame's Cathedral park, which seems to be in-between the Spring and Summer flowers:

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The Sherbourne Common is looking really good! Nice to see more large sculptures and water features accenting the waterfront.
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 09:45 PM   #49
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I just love how they doubled up the water filtration process as a recreational playground. Does two things at once!!
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I just love how they doubled up the water filtration process as a recreational playground. Does two things at once!!
Have said it before, but I am worried about the long term maintenance of this park.

And I don't like the metal cladding along the half walls. They look fine to me, but I can see them delaminating over time, and that is going to look crappy.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 08:25 AM   #51
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They will be able to easily remove and replace the mesh as it clogs up. Likely the mesh can also be cleaned or descaled, unless it is cheap enough to just throw away.
All water treatment plants require an active programme of maintenance; this one has just opened itself up to the public.
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Rouge NATIONAL Park

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It is June, and the roses are a riot of colour everywhere. The rain this past week or so has really helped. Here is Cawthra Park, in the gay village:






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Isn't Cawthra Park supposed to get a make-over soon? It's not the best looking park around, so I hope it happens soon. Too bad the fountain was removed and won't be replaced. I always love seeing water features in parks.
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It had the make-over a few years ago, giving the nice paving stone courtyard and the gorgeous new rose gardens and walkway. The dog park is now getting a fixer upper at the moment. I think they did a nice job on Cawthra, personally. That old concrete "fountain" had to go as it was decrepit and the bums were forever putting soap in it to make it all bubbly so they could rinse out their t shirts.
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Yeah, the fountain was in terrible shape but I wish it would have been replaced with an attractive one. I know they repaired part of the park but I was told that there will still be more renovations done on other parts, like the south side which will become more of a small public square, with paving and new benches.

The park still looks dreary to me, especially nearer Church Street. (near the brick wall) I think it needs some decorative planters with plants & flowers. Some nice art wouldn't hurt either.
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Here is a lovely little oasis in the heart of downtown; the courtyard park of Ryerson University:











What happens when you give roses a bit of love and proper trellising:





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That's Kerr Hall. Unfortunately, the entire building is slated for demolition as part of the Ryerson University Master Plan. I'm hoping they at least keep the centre portion with the clock.
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That's Kerr Hall. Unfortunately, the entire building is slated for demolition as part of the Ryerson University Master Plan. I'm hoping they at least keep the centre portion with the clock.
I'm actually glad to hear that building is coming down. The way that building treats Church Street is terrible. It completely ignores the street and is not good for pedestrians, like myself. It's also a waste of valuable land, so I'm sure they can find a much better use for all that prime land. Right now that land is terribly under utilized and most of that building is not attractive at all. Now that Ryerson is starting to pay more attention to architecture, I hope they put up some really impressive buildings and I hope that happens soon!

Dundas Street would be a good place for Ryerson to also focus it's development. That is one sad street that is prime for a complete redevelopment. (and you can't get a better location)
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It does need to be replaced. If you've ever been inside, it looks like an old high school. Like I said before though, I hope the clock tower and statue are kept, as it's sort of iconic for Ryerson.

This sort of gives an idea of what the new building could look like:

(Looking north from Lake Devo/Victoria and Gould).

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