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Toronto Island on schedule for July 31 reopening; some sections closed for summer

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Jul 11th, 2017

Toronto Islands
Families enjoy the swan ride at Centreville on Centre Island in Toronto in an undated file photo. TOURISM TORONTO/Doug Brown
First, the good news.

With some hard work and a little help from Mother Nature, tourists and locals alike could soon be ferrying their way back to fun on the Toronto Island. Sections of Toronto Island Park remain on schedule to reopen on July 31st, the City of Toronto announced Monday.

In a release, the city said it was aiming to reopen the park at the end of the month, but added that it “could be sooner or later, depending on conditions.”

“This has been an unprecedented event. I thank everyone for their patience. City staff are working hard to get the islands reopened as soon as possible,” Mayor John Tory said.

Now, the bad news.

Lake Ontario water levels are slowly receding, but remain about 30 centimetres above normal and Olympic Island, Gibraltar Point, Hanlan’s Beach and sections of Centre Island, including the grandstand, will be closed for the remainder of the summer.

The city has been under fire from some island businesses who feel the reopening could have been expedited.

“The city seems to be really dragging their feet,” Co-owner of the Island Cafe, Zorah Freeman-McIntyre, told The Canadian Press last week.

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