Bluffer’s Park Southwest Headland and Beach Major Maintenance

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has proposed to undertake repair and remediation works on two erosion control structures in Bluffer’s Park in order to provide long-term protection to Bluffer’s Park Marina and the park interior.

Current News:

A Project Plan has been filed in accordance with the Environmental Assessment Act. The Project Plan is currently under review for a thirty (30) day review period from May 3, 2018 to June 3, 2018. Interested community members are invited to review the Project Plan and provide comment within the 30 day review period.

To review the Class EA Project Plan, follow the link below:

Bluffer’s Park – Class EA Project Plan 

Project Location

The Project Area is located in Bluffer’s Park at the base of Brimley Road South on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in the City of Toronto. The area of concern includes the southwest headland and adjacent beach located near Bluffer’s Park Marina.

Bluffer’s Park Southwest Headland and Beach Major Maintenance Project Area. Source: TRCA, 2017

Project Background

Erosion control structures along the shoreline of Bluffer’s Park include a series of headlands, beaches, and revetments. The southwest headland and adjacent beach were constructed in the late 1970’s as part of the development of Bluffer’s Park. Over the past 45 years, these structures have deteriorated through the displacement of armourstone, the loss of beach material due to abrasion, the erosion of backshore material, wave overtopping, and ice effects. TRCA annual monitoring records show that the southwest headland and beach have been listed as in fair/poor condition and recommended for major maintenance since 2009.

Southwest Headland

In 2010, TRCA retained Shoreplan Engineering to undertake a Shoreline Conditions Review. The report revealed that the instability of the headland was likely caused by a combination of toe instability, lack of a consistent double layer placement of armourstone in various areas, lack of sufficient filter layering below the primary armourstone, oversteepened structure slope, and wave overtopping.

Bluffer's Park Headland
Condition of headland, showing displacement of stone material. Source: TRCA, 2017.

In 2016, TRCA undertook interim maintenance works of the headland to improve headland stability until the final solution can be implemented.

images of state of Bluffer's Park Headland in 2016 and 2017
Comparison photo of Bluffer’s Park headland before interim maintenance works and after. Source: TRCA, 2017.
Beach

The beach has experienced significant erosion along its sandy backshore resulting in an oversteepened bank. The 2010 Shoreline Conditions Review attributed this erosion to a lack of coarse material to provide stability as well as a limited beach width to dissipate waves before reaching the back portion of the bank. In May of 2017, Lake Ontario experienced record high lake levels, impacting many areas of the shoreline and causing further erosion to occur along the backshore of the beach.

erosion on Bluffer's Park shoreline
Erosion along the backshore area of the beach. Source: TRCA, 2017.

Class Environmental Assessment

In 2017, TRCA initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA), planned in accordance with Conservation Ontario’s Class Environmental Assessment for Remedial Flood and Erosion Control Projects (amended 2013). A Notice of Intent initiating the project was published in the Scarborough Mirror on October 26, 2017 and in the Bluffs Monitor on October 31, 2017.

As part of the Class EA process, TRCA retained Shoreplan Engineering to review existing conditions, complete a wave hindcasting analysis, and develop alternative concepts for the repair of the structures within the Project Area.

To assist with the evaluation of the alternative options and provide input into the planning and design process, a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) was formed. The CLC was an integral part of the Class EA process as it allowed community members the opportunity to participate in the evaluation of alternative options. A CLC meeting was held on December 7, 2017 where interested community members were invited to attend and comment on the presented preferred alternatives.

Through the Class EA process, the preferred solution for the headland was identified as the “Repair” option, which will include repair of the headland by filling existing voids with appropriate materials and capping the existing structure with a second layer of armourstone. The preferred alternative for the beach was identified as the “Cobble Beach with Optional Shoal” option, which will include recharging the beach with cobble material to create a stable beach profile; a shoal extending outward from the headland is recommended to help contain the beach.

Upon identifying the preferred solutions, TRCA completed an environmental analysis and has worked with partner organizations to inform the design process. TRCA has prepared a Class EA Project Plan which outlines the process utilized in selecting the preferred alternatives and evaluates the environmental impacts of the selected approach. A Notice of Completion was published in the Scarborough Mirror on May 3, 2018 inviting interested community members, as well as regulatory agencies, to review and comment on the Class EA Project Plan.

Public Consultation and Notice Materials

To view project notice and consultation material, follow the links below:

Notice of Intent 
CLC Meeting #1
Notice of Completion 
Class EA Project Plan 

Scope of Work

Next steps include:

  • Approval of the Class EA Project Plan following the 30 day review period
  • Finalizing detailed designs
  • Obtaining all necessary permits and approval to proceed to construction
  • Construction of Phase I (Beach): Summer 2018
  • Construction of Phase II (Headland): Date – to be determined

Construction Information

Construction information showing work area, access areas, tentative schedule and construction highlights will be updated once the project commences in Summer 2018.

Contact Us

For more information regarding this project, please use the contact details outlined below:

Jet Taylor, Project Manager I
Engineering Projects
Restoration & Infrastructure Division
jtaylor@trca.on.ca
416-688-7627