Roy Wright, former President of 'Save the Toronto Bluffs'
I have had the good fortune of living along the Scarborough Bluffs on Guildwood Parkway for 50 years. My passion for this natural shoreline with its spectacular surrounding is always inspiring. On a typical walk along this beach front you may encounter hundreds of birds resting on the shores or people picnicking, swimming, boating, hiking and the everyday dog walkers. Saving the sandy Guildwood beachfront from TRCA’s waterfront roadway agenda has been for me a 30 year struggle. With the helpful input from several prominent members of our community, I drew up an alternate waterfront concept plan as an option to the TRCA roadway plan. Creating an aesthetically pleasing and recreationally usable new waterfront facility that will save our natural shoreline is our primary objective.
Jennifer Falvy, Creative Content, Community Programs and Outreach
After discovering the shoreline out of my interest in nature, I soon relocated to East Scarborough so that I could enjoy more time by the water's edge. How remarkable to have access to such a beautiful open shore, especially in such close proximity to a city the size of Toronto. I believe there is a unique opportunity to embrace the meaningful connection that people have with nature and hopefully it can be honoured by recognizing the value of this shoreline. Let's preserve this national treasure for the benefit of everyone! The sand beaches of Grey Abbey and East Point are not just a shoreline but a place where many people go to experience the restorative benefits of being in nature and being by the water's edge. How unfortunate that the natural features of this area might be destroyed by a 'waterfront project' that reduces the shoreline to a means for an end. Let's preserve this shoreline!
Steve Smith, Community Engagement and Outreach
Hello fellow shoreline enthusiasts. I have had the pleasure of living in the vicinity of the Scarborough Waterfront for 43 years, and the last 10 years in Guildwood village. I advocate for an unaltered natural experience along our shoreline, with a focus on East Point Beach and vicinity. I believe conservation takes priority over development. All my life I have been going down to the lake, and adapting my experiences, recreation, and activities to reflect what already exists along the shore. I believe we as humans do not have the right nor the knowledge base to develop or alter the natural shoreline to create artificial pleasures. As a supporter and contributor to Toronto Natural Shorelines, I believe we need to protect and enhance existing features especially at beaches which are threatened by shoreline hardening. I urge folks to come down to the lake, enjoy our natural beach in Scarborough.
Take only memories, leave only footprints. Thank you.
Mike Melnechenko, Shoreline Campaigner
As part of the Toronto Natural Shorelines team, I am calling attention to the larger issues at stake when human development assumes priority over the protection of the natural environment. Nature should be acknowledged as the life affirming support for all species to exist, not just human. We are all part of an intricate chain of life interacting with one another to achieve balance. Our actions have far reaching consequences with every species we share this earth with. Let us share our planet responsibly with all living species by giving them the environment they need to exist.