Category Archives: Port Credit

City Refreshes Waterfront Parks Strategy

The City of Mississauga has refreshed its Waterfront Parks Strategy, outlining a 25-year vision for City parks along Mississauga’s 22 kilometres (km) of waterfront along Lake Ontario. The strategy promotes the protection and enhancement of the City’s waterfront while providing public access along the water’s edge and opportunities for recreation, tourism and economic development. The proposed infrastructure improvements will maintain and strengthen the City’s historical connection to Lake Ontario.

“For decades, a large part of Mississauga’s waterfront was a hub for heavy industry with limited access for the public. Over the years we’ve worked to build parks and create public spaces for everyone to enjoy. Our work is only just beginning. This 25-year strategy aims to further reclaim our waterfront and ensure it remains accessible to residents for generations to come,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “People are drawn to the water and Mississauga is in the envious position of having 22 kilometres of shoreline. It’s important we not only protect this precious resource, but also promote it. We will do this by seamlessly connecting our existing and new parks with a continuous waterfront trail that connects to our neighbours, and ensuring that all future development prioritizes access to the water.”

The vision of the strategy is Life Thrives at the Water, which captures the spirit of how the waterfront influences the well-being of all the communities and ecosystem along the lake edge. The refresh builds on the 2008 strategy and addresses current planning trends and intensification along Mississauga’s waterfront. As well, the strategy supports the Cycling Master Plan by recommending the implementation of north/ south cycling connections to Lakeshore Road and beyond with paths linking to Toronto and Oakville, and the waterfront trail closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Crombie added, “As a key commercial area for the City, Mississauga’s waterfront redevelopment will drive tourism, foster innovation, attract new business and boost economic growth. Our goal is to ensure our waterfront is a walkable, accessible, transit and cycling-friendly community where people can meet and connect and where businesses can prosper and thrive.”

Port Credit Harbour

The refreshed strategy builds upon the City’s successes along the waterfront and provides a planning framework to address:

·        Climate change

·        Intensification and brownfield development along the waterfront

·        The desire to create an enlivened water’s edge with increased public access and water-based recreation (e.g. boating, paddling, fishing and swimming)

·        Increased use of the waterfront by a diverse population in balance with natural heritage goals

·        Tourism in balance with local community needs

“The strategy provides a comprehensive plan to preserve, protect and enhance the waterfront park system for present and future generations,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry and Environment. “Each waterfront park has its own character and provides a unique waterfront experience that includes different views of the lake, trail use, nature and heritage appreciation as well as special programs.”

The most significant changes for the 2019 refresh include new parkland, as well as a new large naturalized landscape created as part of the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.

Robillos added, “The implementation and funding of initiatives for the strategy will be subject to approval through the annual budget and business planning process.”

The City’s Refreshed Waterfront Parks Strategy Plan is set to go to Council for final approval on February 5. For more information about the project, visit mississauga.ca/portal/residents/parks-waterfront-parks-strategy.

Flood Outlook Statement from CVC

A Low Pressure System is expected to move into Southern Ontario over the weekend.  The current forecast is estimating that 50 to 75 mm of precipitation may fall by Sunday.  Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Friday then transitioning to above freezing temperatures and returning to below freezing by Sunday. The majority of the precipitation is expected to be rain with potential periods of freezing rain and ice pellets when the temperatures are near the freezing mark. 

The precipitation, melting of the snow and frozen ground conditions could generate high runoff along all watercourses in the area. Flooding along the Credit River and its major tributaries may occur.

High wind conditions may occur on Sunday as the system moves out of the Southern Ontario.  Depending on wind and wave directions, flooding and erosion conditions may occur along the shorelines of Lake Ontario.      

As a result, local streams, rivers, and shorelines could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams. The public should be warned to stay away from all watercourses, especially children and pets.

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Flood Outlook will be in effect through Mon-Jan-13-2020, or until further notice.

To view current watershed conditions, please visit our real-time monitoring website:  https://cvc.ca/watershed-science/watershed-monitoring/real-time-monitoring/

LAKE ONTARIO HAZARD WATCH

A Gale (Wind) Warning is in effect as posted by Environment Canada for Western Lake Ontario Marine Forecast.  Winds east 35 knots (65 km/hr) diminishing to east 25 (45) this eveningthen backing to northeast 25 late overnight. Wind diminishing to north 15 (28) Monday afternoon. Waves 3 metres subsiding to 2 near midnight and to one near noon Monday.

A new DAILY peak for Lake Ontario was set at 75.92 metres above International Great Lakes Datum (m IGLD) on Jun-06-2019. Flood damages in 2017 occurred at a threshold elevation of 75.45 m when waves generated during a storm event overtopped and damaged several shoreline structures.  The local damage threshold elevation does not account for wave generated by winds which can increase flood elevations and cause additional damages; this is especially true with onshore winds associated with storms. The current combination of the storm surge and wave heights could approach or exceed 76 m IGLD. 

Watercourses discharging directly into Lake Ontario may be impacted by backwater from the lake.  Residents and visitors to the Lake Ontario shoreline areas should use extreme caution and obey all closure notices for trails and pathways.  As lake levels increase, certain areas may be cut off or isolated.

CVC will continue to monitor weather and lake conditions.  This Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazard Watch will be in effect until Mon-Dec-02-2019 at 4 pm or updated prior to.  

For more information on this Lake Ontario Hazard Watch, contact CVC during office hours at 905- 670-1615

Ray Marentette Slow Rolls his Way to the Phil Green Award

Today, Mississauga City Council awarded Ray Marentette with the Phil Green Recognition Award for 2018. Ray began Mississauga’s first Slow Roll program in Port Credit. This is a casual group ride for riders of all levels and ages who cycle together on a biweekly basis.

Ray Marentette received the 2018 Phil Green Recognition award. L-R: Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Councillor Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 and chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, Stephen Dasko, Ward 1, Ray Marentette and Phil Green.

The Phil Green Recognition Award is presented annually by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) to a person or persons who show exceptional initiative in promoting or furthering cycling or other forms of sustainable transportation in the City of Mississauga. Phil Green is a Mississauga resident who worked tirelessly to promote safe cycling and riding as an alternative to driving. He is also the founding member of the MCAC.

“Ray is a shining example of a resident who is a self-starter and a leader in promoting cycling. He has more than tripled participation in his Port Credit Slow Roll from 13 people on his first ride to having an average of 50 riders. He has also encouraged others to begin a Slow Roll in Streetsville. He is an exceptional role model who has encouraged so many people to get on their bikes and give it a try.”

Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, Chair of the MCAC

Marentette started bringing cyclists together for a biweekly casual 10 to 15 kilometre ride to enjoy the waterfront trail in Port Credit in the spring of 2018. When his rides gained popularity, he successfully received sponsorship from a local sporting goods store who supplied t-shirts for all of the Slow Roll riders.

Ray retired to the Port Credit area of Mississauga in 2010. Ray’s hometown is Windsor, Ontario, and it was there that he became familiar with the successful Slow Roll rides in Detroit, Michigan that attract thousands of people.

Two years ago, Ray, then 80, got tired of seeing his bike in the storage room and made a pact with himself to get back to riding his bicycle. However, his wife expressed concern of him riding on his own. He decided to put up posters along the waterfront trail inviting people to join him for a casual ride. Thirteen people showed up for this ride and he hasn’t looked back since.

During the first year he had 150 riders who participated in a Slow Roll ride at least once and this year there were 200 regulars who participated. The rides attract cyclists of all ages but the majority of riders are older adults who enjoy time in the outdoors and socializing. He has inspired a similar Slow Ride in Streetsville with others on the horizon for 2020.

He was also involved with a bike valet that began at the Port Credit Farmer’s market and he plans to help bring bike valets to more local festivals. Next year, Ray has plans to expand his Slow Roll to five days a week with some bonus Sunday afternoon rides. If you are interested in learning more about the Port Credit Slow Roll visit his Facebook page by the same name.

For more information on the Phil Green award visit: mississaugabikes.ca/phil-green-award/