Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Bluffers Park is typical of the large multi-tentacled lake fills found along the greater Toronto shoreline (Humber Bay Park is another). Built as parks, these artificial shorelines are part jetty, part spit, part landfill. Their outer edges consists of revetments, rock headlands, and pocket beaches. They enclose marinas, lagoons, ponds, and marshes. Some of the wetlands have been retrofitted to filter storm water. These are entirely created features and they in no way maintain the natural geological (or ecological, one assumes) processes that originally characterized these shorelines, but they are an interesting approach to creating waterfront access, enhancing habitat, and preventing the historic erosion that would have threatened a growing metropolis.