Toronto Islands Sand Dune Protection
VFA was contracted in 2009 to look at a number of problem areas in the Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point areas of the Toronto Islands. These problems were generally characterized as conflicts between heavy human use and sensitive natural environments. The proposed solutions consisted of formalizing certain informal pathways while closing others, and protecting dynamic dune environments with fencing.
These measures were supplemented with wayfinding signage and amenities to reinforce the desired patterns of use and movement. Additional accessibility improvements were also incorporated. Toronto’s Parkland Naturalization and Community Programs staff carried out complimentary naturalization plantings to permit the protected areas to regenerate.
An initial implementation phase was undertaken in 2010 following community consultation and completion of the master plan. A second phase was implemented in 2012 and a third phase in 2016.