The Goulding Estate
The Taylor Massey Project
The smallest reach in the watershed, Goulding is nestled between
the Dentonia Golf Course and the longest reach, Taylor Creek Park.
The Estate, the last remaining building of Dentonia Park Farms,
was designated a heritage site in 1995, and was once owned by the
Massey family, who lent their name to the creek and who helped pioneer
pasteurization in dairy farming at this location.
The southern slopes coming down from Crescent Town demonstrate the
erosion caused when Norway Maples, an non-native species, kill under-story
growth. The northern slopes, meanwhile, boast some of the largest
Oaks to be seen along the Creek. Nestled against the foot of the
western edge of the northern slope, well back from the path, is
a song-bird habitat where planting started in 1997.
- There is a major fish barrier where the Creek meets the western
side of Victoria Park Ave, and the reach hosts a priority stormwater
outfall to remediated under WWF.
- A City of Toronto report suggests that cutting down and replacing
the Norway Maples on the southern slope is a priority, both to
protect native species and to eliminate erosion of the slope and
the subsequent loading of soil into the Creek.
- Heavy erosion of the banks may require extensive channel form
naturalization and/or the relocation of the trail.
- The TMP believes that WWF should address the reach's potential
for both expanded wetlands and the maintenance of the meadow habitat.
- Contact us for local Reach tours, or contact the Reach Stewardship
Group via Goulding@theTMP.org
- See the Calendar for annual event
Sub-reach Photos (2002)