letter from the director
Spring has sprung, all around us, and the joy and happiness is seen all throughout nature. The rebirth of plants, flowers and trees, the return of butterflies to your garden and the symphony of songbirds are all signs that spring is here and we should be enjoying it.
This spring, you cannot miss the changes to our streetscape with new construction in progress, and more to come. These future modern buildings will change the face of our neighbourhoods forever — but it’s not the first time.
The Ever-Changing Landscape of the Beaches — In this issue, we share with you some fascinating stories about what our beaches used to be over 100 years ago, as well as what our waterfront parks are today.
One myth is that the past consisted of large vast spaces with many trees, few people and even fewer buildings, in fact the opposite was true. When you read Never Ending Summer and view the photos from nearly a century ago, you will see that colourful carnivals and vibrant communities dotted the landscape. Yesterday–a high tower stood, today–flat trails and a boardwalk remain. Then–a ferries wheel turned, now–a residential bungalow sits. Children used to ride the “Chutes” but now let the waves wash over their feet. You are sure to enjoy the stories, just as we did, and realize how lucky we all are to have these diverse waterfront parks and beaches in our back yards.
We list in this issue at least 15 beaches and waterfront parks, each with their own character and something for everyone to enjoy. A great way to show your friends and visitors the beautiful city we live in today!
We would be interested to know what you think about our tall green pipe story. It is about an engineering system, both above and below ground, that keeps our daily routines safe. How many of you have ever noticed them? We know you will now.
Change will continue to happen around us. Yesterday is today’s memory and today will be tomorrow’s history. We are all part of it. Our challenge is to know when to accept and what is right for us and future generations.
Happy Spring and Summer from all of us at Beaches Living.
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