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Park path a flooded, muddy mess after every rainfall: The Fixer

Good things usually take time, but 24 years and counting is far too long to wait for repairs to a perpetually flooded park path.

With all that rain and cool weather over the weekend, it is not unreasonable to wonder if we’ll ever again have one of those hot, dry summers that used to be common around here.

You’d have to go back to July of 2013 to find a day when the temperature climbed above 30 degrees Celsius. To make matters worse, we’ve been deluged over the past few weeks, enough to push the water in many Ontario lakes and rivers to troubling levels. A few years ago, it was the other way around.

So it’s not surprising that people are grousing about too much water, particularly in Laburnham Park, near Lake Shore Blvd. and Kipling Ave., where flooding is a perennial problem.

Susan Virtue sent us a note saying she has lived on 26th St., which borders the east side of the park, since 1991, and “for as long as I’ve been here, the sidewalk has been in disrepair.”

Virtue emailed us photos of water covering the path, near the entrance from 26th St., which also shows muddy bogs on either side of the walkway.

“For 24 years, nothing has been done on this side of the park. As you can see, the side walk is in disrepair, and water constantly pools at the edge near the tennis courts.

“This is a wonderful breeding ground for mosquitoes in summer, and in winter, the path becomes an icy hazard. It takes ages for it to evaporate, and when the garbage trucks and lawnmowers come through the park, they leave huge, ugly ruts.”

Virtue said she’s talked to her city councillor about it, who recently told her that funds were available to fix the path. But the money was spent on a path on the west side of the park, which was in a lot better shape than the one that connects to 26th St., she said.

STATUS: We’ve sent a note to the parks department, asking if there’s a plan to replace the path, or at least try to level it up so that it doesn’t flood so easily.

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