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Lagoon City Parks & Waterways Commission

Lagoon City Summer 2007  

The Lagoon City Parks & Waterways Commission (‘LCPW’ or the ‘Commission’) was established in 1986 pursuant to Bill Pr11, An Act respecting the Township of Mara, to manage, maintain, regulate and control private parks, foot bridges, foot paths and waterways in Lagoon City.

The Commission is comprised as follows:

·         3 members who are property owners or tenants within the service area appointed by Council for a 3 year term on a rotating basis;

·         2 members of Council appointed by Council;

Chairperson Todd Billinger
Robert Para
Commissioner Robert Poyntz
Deputy Mayor John O'Donnell
Commissioner Councillor Kal Johnson

Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday in each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers and are open to the public.

Please contact Customer Care at 705-484-5374 if you have any concerns regarding the Lagoon City Parks & Waterways Commission or the lands and waterways under its management and control.


Shorewall Procedures and Processes  

Shorewall Inspection Program Information

- October 23, 2017

Phase 1 Shorewall Inspection Program Report

- Nov 23, 2016 Report by C.C. Tatham & Associates

Phase 1 Shorewall Inspection Program

- Nov 10, 2016 Presentation by C.C. Tatham & Associates

The shorewall abutting all developed properties in Lagoon City is the responsibility of the property owner.  However, the Commission has the right to enter private property to inspect any shorewall to ensure it is in compliance and if not in compliance, the Commission has the right to order repairs or reconstruction of any undermined shorewall.

For details regarding the maintenance and construction of shorewalls see Shorewall Bylaw 2017.25 (Repeals 1997.54 and 1999.68).




     Geese are abundant in Lagoon City and there are a few things you can do to help deter geese from entering your property from the shorewall:

1.      Scare tape is a reflective tape and when hung along the shorewall, the slightest breeze is enough to cause a fluttering sound and mirror-like reflections that will scare away even the bravest birds.  This tape is available at the Township office for $7.00, plus HST, per 200 foot roll.

2.      Ornamental grasses planted along the shorewall will also deter geese from entering your property.  Geese are attracted to manicured lawns with tender grass.

3.      Limit food sources and never feed the geese.  Clean up seeds from under bird feeders.


        Weeds are prevalent in the canals and the Commission has the following programs in place:

1.      Harvesting – takes place each week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between July 1st and Thanksgiving.  The Commission does not have any place to store the weeds and therefore cutting can only take place when the landfill site is open.  The harvester will be seen out in the canals from the May 1st, but it will only be skimming debris from the surface.  Due to fish spawning no cutting may take place prior to July 1st.

2.      Weed Spraying – takes place annually as soon as possible after July 1st after fish spawning season has taken place.  This is regulated by the Ministry of the Environment.  The licence to spray REWARD is for 10 acres at a rate of 25 litres per acre and must be applied for annually.  Therefore the only the areas that are affected by abundant weed growth is sprayed.



         When algae are present in the water, there is not too much that can be done.   It cannot be raked or picked up by the harvester due to the consistency of the matter, which is slimy, and it just slides through the screens on the equipment.  Please take precautions during the presence of blue-green algae.

If you ingest water, fish or blue-green algal products containing elevated levels of toxins, you may experience headaches, fever, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. If you swim in contaminated water, you may get itchy and irritated eyes and skin, as well as other hay fever-like allergic reactions. If you suspect you might have come into contact with cyanobacterial toxins and are experiencing any of these symptoms, rinse any scum off your body and consult your physician immediately.

Children are at greater risk than adults of developing serious liver damage should they ingest high levels of microcystins, because of their comparatively lower body weight.

Animals could become extremely ill and even die. The first recorded episode of animal poisoning attributable to cyanobacteria occurred in Australia in 1878. Since then, there have been many widespread incidents of poisoning, affecting a variety of both wild and domestic animals. Animals are not more sensitive than people to the effects of the toxins; they are simply not as concerned with the way water looks or smells before they drink it.

Canal Maintenance:

The maintenance contractor conducts regular water patrols on a weekly basis to inspect/repair signage, collect floating debris and animal carcasses.  The maintenance contractor also maintains the two beach areas, including raking of the sand two times per week.



Waterways Bylaw 2007.95 prohibits the following:
•    The mooring of boats during the winter months (November to March)
•    The use of any equipment or apparatus (mechanical or otherwise) to prevent or inhibit freezing of the waterways
•    The construction of any building or structure in or upon a waterway or boat, vessel, water craft, floating object or other floating structure
•    The Commission may authorize mooring during the prohibited period upon terms and conditions that the Commission deems appropriate

A History of Lagoon City

Click the above link to learn more about the history of the Lagoon City area.

Aerial view of canal into Lake Simcoe