Residents have been voicing their concerns over the past weeks about the rising water levels along the shorelines of Ashbridges Bay and Woodbine Beach but it’s the historic Leuty Lifeguard Station that is currently raising alarm bells with the City of Toronto.
“This may have an impact on the beach and the volleyball courts in the long-term, but more urgently, this has threatened the 97-year-old Leuty Lifeguard Station and the Boardwalk,” said Matthew Cutler, spokesperson for the city’s Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation department.
While shorelines have been known to evolve over time, Cutler explained that “recent storms have brought waves further onto Woodbine Beach and Ashbridges Bay than we have seen in decades.”
The city constantly works to manage the waterfront by building break walls, dredging and strategic planting in an effort to minimize changes to the shoreline but to mitigate the current issues creeping up on Leuty Lifeguard Station and the boardwalk, “staff are working with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority to secure these two assets by moving sand and installing armour stone,” said Cutler. “Once that work is complete, we will review the broader impacts these storms will have on the beach.”
In the meantime, city staff are asking people and their pets to stay away from the water.
“Standing water can often pose concerns, especially when combined with animal and bird feces and heat, like on a beach,” said Cutler. “We’ve asked that residents (and their pets) stay away from the water and our machinery on the beach while we deal with these issues.”