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Port Union
—  Neighbourhood  —
Coordinates: 43°46′44″N 79°08′03″W / 43.77889°N 79.13417°W / 43.77889; -79.13417
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
Community Scarborough
Changed Municipality 1998 Toronto from Flag of Scarborough, Ontario.svg Scarborough
Government
 - MP Dan McTeague (Pickering—Scarborough East)
 - MPP Wayne Arthurs (Pickering—Scarborough East)
 - Councillor Ron Moeser (Ward 44 Scarborough East)

Port Union, also known as Centennial Scarborough is a neighbourhood located in Scarborough, part of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The neighbourhood is bounded by Kingston Road to the north, Port Union Road to the east, the Lake Ontario shoreline to the south, and Highland Creek to the west.

The neighbourhood originated as the small lakefront town of Port Union in the 1800s. It was later developed as a suburban bedroom community after the Second World War. In recent years the industrial lands along the waterfront have transformed into new subdivisions. The neighbourhood has many mature trees, parkland and waterfront. It is an affluent neighbourhood with 93% home ownership. Port Union is home a large percentage of people with British ancestry.

Development and regeneration

In 1976, a proposal for the regeneration and restoration of the old harbour lands at the southern terminus of Port Union road was proposed by the NANCY-GRIFFOn Foundation Inc and was fully supported by Mayor Gus Harris [and all subsequent Mayors except Joyce Trimmer who blocked the project along with Controller Ken Morish]and the Parks Commissioner Bruce Fleury and Metro Parks Commissioner Robert Bundy. In 1979 the Foundation was incorporated and a fund raising drive was started. Of note was the enthusiastic support of the Commissioner of the Toronto and Regional Conservation Authority, Mr.Dave McLean, then Craig Mather and finally Mr. Brian Denny, in succession. Finally in 2001 land acquisition was begun by the TRCA with public funding. While the old winter harbour can not be restored, the summer harbour and the lands associated with it are being regenerated under a design concept called the King's Harbour Marine Park sponsored by the Nancy Griffon Foundation since 1976 for the restoration of "Olde Port Union" including the re-opening of the old "Adams Creek" as required under the Environmental Assessment which flowed from north of the current Hwy 401 into Lake Ontario. This time the Adams Creek will flow into the restored Port Union sailing harbour and marina.

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