• Councillor Mark Grimes

Waterfront Parks Management Plan

I have been working with City staff and our enforcement partners to develop a plan to address issues arising in our destination waterfront parks such as overcrowding, fireworks, bonfires, noise, nightly parties, litter, and general disregard for our parks.

  • Parking lots at Marie Curtis Park, Humber Bay West and Humber Bay East will be closed to vehicle access at 7:00 pm nightly on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and statutory holidays. Toronto Police officers will facilitate the closure.

  • Toronto Parking Enforcement will have dedicated officers at Marie Curtis, Colonel Sam, Humber Bay West and Humber Bay East to tag and tow illegally parked vehicles on weekends and statutory holidays.

  • Strict enforcement has been directed including the towing of vehicles within the park that are parked on the grass, driveways, etc.

  • Paid parking along Marine Parade Drive will be unavailable for the summer season as of Saturday, May 22nd. The meters will not be available for use and the parking spots will be closed off to allow for additional space for pedestrians to physically distance.

  • MLS Bylaw officers and TPS officers will patrol waterfront parks to address issues, monitor crowds and ensure compliance with provincial regulations.

  • The Marine Unit will patrol and address issues related to boating and water safety.

  • Large signs are being placed in waterfront parking lots for the May long weekend and at waterfront beach/park access points with messaging related to Covid-19 physical distancing, no littering, no fireworks, no alcohol, no bonfires and parks hours

  • In early June, a public education campaign will be launched on safe swimming and boating

  • Strategic Communications has developed messaging specific to the issues of crowding, litter, fireworks, bonfires, etc.

  • Additional resources in place along the waterfront to address litter including staff, bins and servicing frequency which will be monitored and adjusted as needed.

Resources are prioritized based on those that pose the greatest health risk assigned and as available. Staff will continue to monitor for effectiveness and adjust accordingly, as resources allow.

A reminder that fireworks are allowed on private property without a permit on Victoria Day and Canada Day. Fireworks are not permitted in a City park, street, a parking lot or any private property that is not your own. Please be respectful of your neighbours, and learn more about the city's fireworks bylaw here.