Marie Curtis Park is situated on both banks of the Etobicoke Creek where it flows into Lake Ontario. Native people frequently visited the area and named the creek Etobicoke for "place where the wild alders grow". Augustus Jones, a crown-appointed surveyor, Anglicized the name to Black Alders Creek around 1800. The park was created in 1954 after the high flood waters caused by Hurricane Hazel devastated a number of low-lying properties. The disaster prompted provincial and municipal governments to administer flood protection.
Due to their hazardous location on the flood plain, 164 homes were acquired and removed. Marie Curtis was first elected as Reeve of the Village of Long Branch in 1953, a position she held until 1962. She was a member of the first Metro Council which began January 12, 1954, and later played an instrumental role in the formation of a regional parkland system in Toronto. In recognition of her outstanding contributions the park was named in her honour on June 5, 1959.
Directions:Marie Curtis Park a five minute walk from the Long Branch GO Transit station, Mississauga Transit bus, Long Branch 507 streetcar and Queensway 80 bus stop. Vehicles can enter the east side of the park from 42nd Street or the west side from Lake Shore Boulevard West. With information from the City of Mississauga website.
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