Still underwater, Toronto Islands prep for a different kind of summer

A release from the city spells out what will be closed on Toronto Island for the early part of the summer.

All 3 island beaches are closed, and events planned in the park are cancelled through to June 30

With water levels set to go up, this once-perfect picnic spot may not be available for warm weather visitors and residents on the islands for another month and a half. (Submitted by Anna Prodanou)

The Toronto Islands, which normally come alive in warmer months with picnics, beach-goers and special events, are shaping up to have a very different kind of summer.

The City of Toronto issued a release Tuesday that said that even without rainfall, Lake Ontario water levels are expected to rise for several more weeks.

As a result, it said, all islands beaches remain closed "until further notice" and all event permits for Toronto Island Park up to June 30th have been cancelled.

Let's play ... ball? This picture shows carp swimming on the Hanlan's Point baseball diamond. (Dominic Matte)

For now, the park is completely closed to the general public, and the city has pledged to work with people who had events planned there to move or re-schedule them.

Centreville Amusement Park will also be closed until at least June 30, and regular ferry service to the island remains suspended.

Photos taken around the islands show fish swimming in an enormous pond covering a baseball diamond, people making their way through ponding on boardwalks, and ducks swimming along the submerged Centreville train tracks.

But it's not all doom and gloom.

Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridge's Bay will go ahead, with a small tweak: they'll be set off from a barge stationed in the water instead of from the beach.

Toronto beaches on the mainland will also be open for the season on June 1, with people planning to swim advised to check out the city's beaches water quality website before jumping in.

Strolling or cycling by the water, a traditional summertime favourite, isn't an option this year, at least for the first part of the season. (Submitted by Anna Prodanou)

City coordinating with businesses, residents

The city statement said that staff continue to monitor the flooding "on a daily basis."

It added that "wellness checks" by the Office of Emergency Management and the Canadian Red Cross are also planned for Wednesday, intended to help residents who have concerns about remaining in their homes during flooding.

City spokesperson Wynna Brown told CBC Toronto that there is "ongoing coordination" with affected residents and businesses, including the cafes and venues who normally see huge upticks in business during the summer.

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