May 16, 2017 7:55 am
Updated: May 16, 2017 8:14 pm

Toronto Island Park closed until further notice due to rising water levels

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Toronto Island Park will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to rising water levels.

City officials said Lake Ontario and watershed levels remain high following a recent spate of wet weather and that it could take weeks for the water to subside.

“Even once it starts to recede the experts advise it will take several weeks before we see a noticeable improvement,” City of Toronto spokesperson Wynna Brown said.

Conservation authorities and city staff are monitoring the conditions but the public should expect restrictions to the Island Park to continue into the summer. Officials did not offer a timeline when the park will reopen.

“We’re taking it a day at a time, we continue to monitor and assess, we’re working closely to the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, with island residents, with businesses over there,” Brown said. “Our goal is to get back into business as soon as possible but we have to make sure it is safe.”

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All three island beaches are also under water and are closed until further notice. This includes Hanlan’s Point, Gibraltar Point and Centre Island beaches.

Meanwhile, all permits at Toronto Island Park up to and including June 30 are cancelled due to flooding.

Centreville is closed and will remain so until at least June 30.

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