Nature's Footprint on Development

Nature's Footprint on Development

As our Davisville neighbourhood developed over the last century, there are a few instances where nature impacted this development and can still be felt on our streets today. Here are three things you might not know about nature and the streets of Davisville:

1. 200 Year Old Oak Tree

If you're ever walking along Balliol just east of Mount Pleasant, you may find something blocking the sidewalk.  In fact, this massive tree is over 200 years old, and survived the chopping block when the sidewalk was being laid down decades ago - the sidewalk was made to go right around the tree.

In the last few years, the tree’s future was once again in jeopardy as the owner of the house it stands in front of applied to cut it down. According to a resident speaking to Global News: “The tree in question is a community member.” Nearly four years have passed and the tree still stands.

Amy Isaac (SERRA Heritage), leading the Davisville Village Heritage Walk, September 2018 Photo: Davisville Post

Amy Isaac (SERRA Heritage), leading the Davisville Village Heritage Walk, September 2018
Photo: Davisville Post

Photo: Davisville Post, February 2019

Photo: Davisville Post, February 2019

2. Foreman Ave

When looking at a map, you might wonder what the early planners were thinking when they constructed Foreman Ave. Its seemingly random diagonal pattern seems to more closely resemble a river than a road - for good reason. Originally, Foreman Ave followed Cudmore Creek from Manor Road south to Davisville Ave.

3. Cudmore Creek

So what happened to the 3.5km creek that shaped Foreman Ave?

Originally, the Creek ran from Mount Pleasant and Eglinton and meandered along Foreman Ave and down through Mount Pleasant Cemetery and into the Don River. 

Map: www.lostrivers.ca

Map: www.lostrivers.ca

As development in the Davisville area continued, the subway was also in the process of being built. Two problems were solved at once when it was decided to use the dirt from digging out the new subway tunnel to fill in Cudmore Creek. It’s now among Toronto’s many lost or hidden rivers.

So, the section from Eglinton across to Bayview is long gone, but there is still a small section which exists along the Bayview Ave Extension.

The creek may be long gone, but you'll find a nod to its history at the newly named Cudmore Creek Park at 250 Manor Road East which opened last June.

Foreman and Davisville: Curve Ahead! Photo: Davisville Post, February 2019

Foreman and Davisville: Curve Ahead!
Photo: Davisville Post, February 2019

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