Projects & Improvements

Colonel Samuel Smith Park Wetland Lookout

Colonel Samuel Smith Park is one of Toronto's most popular birding destinations. The combination of mature trees of the Humber College campus with the bays, marshes and meadows of the landfill created at the foot of Kipling Avenue provide a variety of habitat for migratory and resident birds.   

Artist concept drawing of the Colonel Samuel Smith Park Wetland LookoutA wetland lookout was built in 1995 to provide access for people to observe the variety of wildlife without impacting the habitat.  It has been a popular stop on guided bird walks and nature education programs.  Unfortunately this structure has been vandalized over the years, including fire damage to parts of the wooden deck, and needs to be replaced.

City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation has prepared an improved design for a more durable lookout structure, which will provide an enhanced viewing experience for park visitors, and is ultimately designed as an outdoor classroom. The new lookout will significantly improve opportunities for education through school programs and community events such as the annual Spring Bird Festival. 

Demolition of the old structure was completed in December 2014, and construction of the new lookout structure is anticipated to be complete by early spring 2015. 

For more information, please contact 311 or greentoronto@toronto.ca.

Partnerships

The Weston Family Parks Challenge is supporting Colonel Sam Smith Park Improvements and Programs. This project brings together diverse partners such as, Humber Arboretum, the City of Toronto, Friends of Sam Smith Park and Citizens Concerned about the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront, to improve wetland habitat and create a new outdoor classroom. Environmental programs and stewardship opportunities will connect youth and community members to nature by raising awareness of the importance of providing and maintaining natural areas for birds and other wildlife. Public, private and non-profit partnerships will ensure the long-term sustainability of the project, enhancing one of Toronto’s most popular birding destinations for future generations.

The Weston Family Parks Challenge is an initiative of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation in collaboration with the Ontario Trillium Foundation and administered by Toronto Park People.

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