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The City of London Destroys Another Natural Area

The Hyde Park Community is home to the last remaining roadless natural area in the entire City of London.  The spring-fed creeks found west of Hyde Park ( between Gainsborough Rd and Oxford Street)  are surrounded by natural healthy woodlands and open fields. 

In particular, Singing Frog Creek (named so by local activists) is threatened by another storm sewer development – an extension of the Stanton Drain.

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Singing Frog Creek    April 2014


Storm Water Sewer Ponds are needed when cities pave over natural areas.  Water runoff from the pavement is captured and held in storm sewer ponds until the sludge collected from roads settles.   Storm water waste is classified as sewage by the Ministry of the Environment because the runoff deposits toxic substances such as car exhaust.

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Singing Frog Creek -  Before   2012

After – Stanton Drain Storm Water Sewer

The Hyde Park Community was planned 20 years ago.  A Class Environmental Assessment completed in 2000 did not assess for ecologically significant areas – only for the placement of storm sewer ponds.  The plan has never been revisited. 

The City has decided that the only green space it can afford  local residences are ‘rings’ around sewer ponds.  While it is true that birds frequent the pond as a source of water, the dredging of the ponds every few years to remove the bottom sludge prevents the establishment of any significant habitat. 
The first phase of the Stanton Drain ( just north of Gainsborough Road) destroyed a significant amphibian habitat.  The large breeding amphibian population supported Great Blue Herons and muskrats. This in turn also attracted deer, fish, Snapping Turtles – now listed as A Species at Risk and a family of Beavers which were removed.   

Where the Children Play

We complain children are ‘techno’ focused and physically unfit yet deny them a place to play freely.  Currently the area to be developed, immediately south of Gainsborough Road, is a roadless and continues  green space where local kids have cut their own trails, built their  own forts, placed their  own creek  crossings, and more.  It is truly their space.  On a warm sunny spring day, the area is full of visitors crisscrossing the fields with their dogs and wandering whichever way  – unique for the City of London.      

Singing Frog Creek Singing Frog Creek

The City plans on installing two more storm sewer ponds in the area to support more development.  The Singing Frog Creek is currently a soft meandering creek that supports fish breeding habitat.  The City will likely straightened the creek  to flush out more waste water into the Thames River.

Singing Frog Creek Singing Frog Creek

Walking the Singing Frog Creek from Hyde Park Rd. to the Thames River   Sept. 2014

These spaces are now scarce, and need extra protection to ‘balance’  all the destruction that has occurred to date.   

The impacts of storm sewers on urban creeks and streams occur in every city. 


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