Popular beach in downtown Toronto faces threat of private development
Is anything sacred in this city?
Downtown Toronto's only beach is facing developer threats and residents are banding together to keep the popular spot public.
"We reject proposals for it being private property, or for privatization of public property that would destroy this amenity," an online petition reads.
Located near Ontario Place, the beach commonly referred to as "Teachbeach" or "Pebble beach" is known for its crystal-clear waters, used year-round by thousands of swimmers.
Our beautiful swimming spot in @LakeOntario16 is under threat from development. Sign the petition by @Hydraulist to help save downtown Toronto's cleanest beachhttps://t.co/XnuRuSoriE#savethebeach#SaveTeachBeach— Curious Penguins (@CuriousPenguins) October 21, 2022
Steve Mann, who started the petition, says he'd like to see "measures taken here to ensure that public property is not taken over by private interests such as Ontario Place Corporation or anyone else."
Back in July 2021, the provincial government announced a development plan for Ontario Place after a two-year-long bidding process, but some are saying it "lacks a comprehensive vision that recognizes Ontario Place's value as a public asset."
Mayoral candidate Sarah Climenhaga is one of the 70-something people who have signed the petition thus far. She recently spread the word on her social media channels.
And at 3 pm I'll be taking the plunge at the hidden and unreasonably forbidden treasure some call Teach Beach. Swimming advocates have launched a petition to save the waterfront at Ontario Place. Sign it and join us! /3 https://t.co/aqeCsMpr1L @Hydraulist @CuriousPenguins pic.twitter.com/iSfHw1HHLU— Sarah Climenhaga for Mayor (@SarahC_Toronto) October 21, 2022
As Mann puts it, having access clean water in the downtown core is a basic human right. He hopes to soon see a "public property" sign at TeachBeach so visitors understand they are welcome there anytime for free.
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