The Friends of Swan Lake Park, a group of Markham residents committed to
saving Swan Lake and Swan Lake Park (located north of 16th Avenue, at 25 Swan Park Road), recently
announced the results from a survey completed by attendees at their first public meeting on March 9 to
discuss the issues in the park. Over 180 Markham residents were in attendance.
The park is home to over 90 species of birds and mammals. The Friends of Swan Lake Park (FOSLP) group says
that “Swan Lake is dying, most fish have died, and plants cannot survive in the murky water. The lake contains
bacteria that can be harmful to animals and humans and seven invasive plant species are overtaking
Fred Peters, spokesperson for the Friends of Swan Lake Park, says that the survey results reinforce
the group’s commitment to saving Swan Lake and for restoration of the environmental elements in
both Swan Lake and Swan Lake Park.
The survey’s 99 respondents clearly endorsed a policy that involved investment in sustainable
solutions and restoration of the aquatic and land based habitat. 98% supported the investment in
long-term sustainable solutions, 91% supported restoration of the aquatic life in the lake, while
80% supported restoration of the land based habitat. 94% felt that it was important to establish a
long-term Stewardship Plan for Swan Lake and Swan Lake Park.
The FOSLP group says, “Cyanobacteria can be harmful to humans and deadly for small animals.”
85% of respondents said they were very concerned about the
possible health risks while another 14% indicated they were somewhat concerned. Only 1
respondent replied that they were not concerned about the possible health risks.
The group plans on sharing the survey results with council members and
senior city staff, as they encourage the city to restore the aquatic and land based environmental
elements and invest in long term sustainable solutions for both Swan Lake and Swan Lake Park.