Taylor Massey Project
Taylor Massey Creek crosses Ellesmere in the Warden Hydro
Corridor and then becomes lost to the public. Flowing through private
backyards south to Manhattan Drive, the Creek is narrowly contained by
short, steep slopes, often hardened, with backyard fences frequently
right at the top of the banks. South of Manhattan, the Creek has been
piped underground, and does not emerge again until it is south of
With no prospect of trail along the Creek in this "Lost
Reach", FODE has urged that the City and TRCA acquire the Warden Hydro
Corridor and use it as a greenway to link Terraview Willowfield to the
rest of the Creek, and indeed to Lake Ontario. See The Warden Hydro Corridor.
- As most of the reach flows through private back yards, FODE
had been unable to conduct site walks and has limited knowledge of bank
stability, hardened features that can be softened, and the extent of
streamside vegetation in naturalized back yards.
- Forty Step to a New Don (1992) clearly indicated this area
has significant problems in terms of water quantity, water quality, and
both aquatic and terrestrial habitat, while the Wet Weather Flow Master
Plan indicated the area needs underground stormwater work and extensive
public outreach on lot naturalization and downspout disconnections.
- FODE hopes to find a local stewardship group or ratepayers
association to help publicize the need for lot naturalization,
downspout disconnections, and other local projects. Contact FODE via firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help.
Sub-reach Photos (2002)