Water and nature in the park (continued)

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Wayne Reeves is the city’s chief curator of museums. He is also the co-editor with Christina Palassio of a book called “HTO” – published by Coach House Press. It is the story of the buried and lost water systems of Toronto. In the article, “Addition and subtraction, the brook, the ravine and the waterworks”, it refers to the Castle Frank Brook, which runs through Cedarvale and down into the Nordheimer ravine south of St. Clair at Spadina. As for the history of Cedarvale he notes that:

 

“Cedarvale is indeed part of the ‘upper reaches’ of Castle Frank Brook – neatly depicted on http://www.blogto.com/city/2012/04/a_brief_history_of_castle_frank_brook_the_ravine_carver/ and http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2010/02/pictorial-history-torontos-cedarvale-neighbourhood . Cedarvale Bridge was not an R.C. Harris/City of Toronto project as some people have claimed, but a project of York Township designed, I believe, by one of Canada’s most famous bridge engineers, Frank Barber. The big story is Spadina: first the abandoned expressway, followed also immediately by the subway (accompanied by trunk sewer construction, leaving all existing water in the ravine ‘perched’ high above the original stream bed)”.

http://riversforgotten.com/underground.

Another book of interest is a photographic one about the underground water systems of Toronto by Jeremy Kai. “Rivers Forgotten” – Koyama Press. 

 www.lostrivers.ca

Another web site of interest is the Lost Rivers which will show you a list of buried and detoured rivers in Toronto. It references walks that are led along the river routes.  

Susan Aaron

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