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July 29, 2008
Budapest Park re-opened after July 8 flood
The City of Toronto has re-opened Budapest Park and the surrounding area in the Lakeshore Boulevard West/Parkside Drive community. The area was fenced off for almost three weeks to allow for clean-up efforts after the July 8 storm.

The storm caused sewer surcharging and excessive flooding and damage in the area from Sunnyside Pool west to the Palais Royale. City crews conducted a thorough clean-up including debris removal, removal of the damaged boardwalk, replacement of sand in the playground and the beach as required, as well as disinfection of the playground equipment, wading pool and picnic tables.

The extensive clean-up project involved City staff from Toronto Water, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Toronto Public Health, with support from the City’s Transportation Services.

“City staff have put in a substantial effort to restore the area.” stated Lou Di Gironimo, General Manager, Toronto Water. “Extreme rainfall events that occur in short periods of time can overwhelm the infrastructure system as occurred on July 8, 2008. Our goal was to re-open the recreation area as quickly as possible to local residents.”

“Upon completion of the multi-divisional clean-up effort, Toronto Public Health is confident the area is ready for public access,” said Dr. Howard Shapiro, Associate Medical Officer of Health.

Some work related to the clean-up project may still be needed (e.g. removal of fencing, etc.), but residents can be assured they can return to the park and take full advantage of the amenities. Additionally, re-construction to re-build the boardwalk and level the sand in the beach area will continue.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Diane Chester, Policy and Planning Advisor, Toronto Water, 416-392-4311,
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,
Susan Sperling, Media Relations Coordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974,



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