Regular readers know that this blog is written from Anchovy World Headquarters hidden deep below an ordinary looking abode by the lake in a community known as Long Branch. Long Branch is part of what used to be called South Etobicoke before amalgamation into the City of Toronto. There are three communities beside one another by the lake. To the east, closest to Toronto proper is Mimico. I’m not sure exactly where Mimico starts, but I know where it ends – at a street called Dwight Avenue, which is just west of Royal York Road. West of Dwight, you’re into New Toronto, which stretches to Col. Samuel Smith Park and the Humber College grounds. Long Branch sits between Sam Smith and a second park to the West called Marie Curtis. West of that and you’re out of the former Etobicoke and into the City of Mississauga, the community called Lakeview, and Port Credit just down the road.
Both parks are beautiful. There are several deer living in Marie Curtis and the adjoining Arsenal lands. I saw them once at the foot of Dixie Rd, and I’ve talked to others who have seen them several times west of Etobicoke Creek. Marie Curtis Park, however, has the distinction of being a popular gay cruising spot, which has detracted from it’s draw as a family park. Hardly anyone wants to stumble into what an old friend of mine used to call friggery in the twiggery while out for an evening walk. There’s been some condo development near-by and in general I think there has been some pressure on the City to try to make Marie Curtis a park for everyone by making it a less attractive place for people to meet and have more or less public sex. The other challenge for the City is discouraging the nesting Canada Geese. It may be equally difficult to discourage the geese and the public sex.
So the City has come up with a plan that has just been unveiled. It looks fairly comprehensive. It even includes a dog park, a second for our area. The City is going to spend $8 million on the place. My only worry is the deer. In the short term, I think they’ll be OK on the Arsenal lands property, but eventually that will get developed too. Then where will they go?