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(11-13-2018, 05:39 PM)robdrimmie Wrote:
(11-13-2018, 04:07 PM)panamaniac Wrote: As a kid, before Lakeside Park was developed, that "lake" was strictly forbidden territory for us.   Surprisingly, I think we took my Mother's warnings seriously, as I have no memory of ever going there to "explore".

I wonder if there was concern about the water being polluted from Mt Trashmore with all the challenges they had capping it off.

I've ridden and jogged near that area dozens of times (my commute literally took me on the trail through the park between Greenbrook and Queen's Blvd last summer as I routed around roundabout construction) and never went far enough to actually look at the lake itself. I'll definitely be remedying that oversight in the future!

Well, there was no Mount Trashmore back then and it's a considerable distance away.  I suspect that the concerns related to the risk of drowning and the fear of running into the "stranger" that we were occasionally warned about.
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(11-13-2018, 09:12 PM)panamaniac Wrote:
(11-13-2018, 05:39 PM)robdrimmie Wrote: I wonder if there was concern about the water being polluted from Mt Trashmore with all the challenges they had capping it off.

I've ridden and jogged near that area dozens of times (my commute literally took me on the trail through the park between Greenbrook and Queen's Blvd last summer as I routed around roundabout construction) and never went far enough to actually look at the lake itself. I'll definitely be remedying that oversight in the future!

Well, there was no Mount Trashmore back then and it's a considerable distance away.  I suspect that the concerns related to the risk of drowning and the fear of running into the "stranger" that we were occasionally warned about.

We were told to not use the pond or go through the property as it was known to not be safe around the edges and the lake was said to be very deep or bottomless. Back in the 60's a young lad at our elementary school drowned in that pond taking a shortcut home rather than going down Stirling and around the pond to the Hospital and Queen Street. It was undeveloped and a bog pond and did't look at all like it does today. The locals spoke about the water being a bottomless lake (alleged quicksand like bottom). They never found his body after searching for a long time and the body was never recovered.
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That is a fascinating, if tragic, bit of local lore. Thank you both!
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Lakeside Park is one of my favourite little hidden gems of the Region!

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(12-09-2018, 09:05 AM)Canard Wrote: Lakeside Park is one of my favourite little hidden gems of the Region!


Shhhh... don't tell everyone! Wink
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There's also a hill just a bit further north in the park that is excellent for sledding. It's not nearly as big as McLennan Park's, but it's definitely not as crowded or intimidating.
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