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Morningside Park is a municipal park located in the Highland Creek neighbourhood of Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario. Spanning 416.7 acres,[1] the park includes picnic areas, public washrooms, parking and trails which connect nearby communities and also connects to Ontario's Waterfront Trail. The park is centered around Morningside Avenue, south of Ellesmere Road, west of the University of Toronto Scarborough lands. The park contains a high degree of wilderness compared to other urban parks in Toronto, which includes deer, forests, eroded cliffs, and the Highland Creek river.[2]


The valley of the Highland Creek which runs through present day Morningside Park and a large portion of the old borough of Scarborough, Ontario was at one point a settlement. After World War II, a shortage in housing resulted in many new residences being built from cottages. However, an increase in settlers was becoming problematic as contaminated wells, evictions, and home demolition were contentious issues in the post-war period. Living conditions were further complicated by the steep slopes and flat floodplain of the HIghland Creek further in the area as residents and their cottages were regularly threatened by flash flooding. In 1954, severe damage from Hurricane Hazel led to demolishing settlements in the area. Public ownership of floodplain land was made to prevent further development. The area eventually turned into parklands and wildlife was restored.

Over 5000 White Pine Trees in Mornigside Park were planted by the Boy Scouts of Canada in 1994.[3]


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