For as long as we can remember, the Toronto Islands have been one of the best parts of the city. Whether you’re a little one having the time of your life at Centreville, a teenager picnicking with your friends, a young couple on a date along the boardwalk, or even one of the adults hitting up the infamous nude beach, there’s no denying it; this spot has everything.
So now that the city is launching an improvement plan to give the Toronto Islands a makeover, we’ve gotta say we’re pretty darn pumped. The initiative is called the Toronto Island Park Master Plan, and it’s a community-oriented guide to the future of the Islands.
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So here’s what we can expect. The Toronto Island Park Master Plan is dedicated to improving the 230-hectare area for its nearly 1.5 million yearly visitors. There will be things like improved signage, more physical access to park entrances year-round, more business opportunities on the island, and increase knowledge of the area’s rich history.
In fact, there will be a special focus on honouring the land as an Indigenous Place in Toronto. Before the city as we know it was born, this area was used as a place of healing by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
As if all this isn’t fabulous enough, the city is also taking your input on the upcoming projects. When you head to the Toronto website, you can check out an interactive map of the Toronto Islands. From there, you can sound off on what you’d like to see changed and improved in the future. Pretty neat, right?
You can also learn about the history of the area and follow along as the Toronto Island Park Master Plan develops.
Read more about it here.