High Park Underground

What Lies Below or Near High Park

See also:

Laurentian River

Spring Creek

Spring Creek's Old Eastern Tributaries


Entombed Sewers Border High Park’s Northeast Corner

High Park Trunk Sewer & and Parkside Drive Standby Tanks
Image provided by Michael Cook

Built during 1914 as a small brick arch passageway, then covered over with landfill.

The now disused standby tanks are 2.7 m brick pipes which have a small sewer line beneath them. They run straight down Parkside Dr. towards Lake Ontario.

The High Park Trunk Sewer was installed on the northern border of High Park in 1914.

This sewer, along with sewers from South Earlscourt and the Junction (which run down Keele Street to High Park) were buried, along with significant portions of both Spring Creek and Wendigo Creek Ravines.

By infilling the ravines, the newly leveled grade along Bloor Street made home building easier. The trunk sewer runs from just east of Jane Street beneath Bloor Street, east to the vicinity of High Park Avenue, where it turns southeast into the park and passes by the now disused Parkside Standby Tanks.

It begins as a low rectangular box, passing down a series of steps east of Runnymede, and then grows to a 2m tall brick and concrete arch, east of Clendenan Ave. It then joins with a sub-trunk from the north. It also receives a side-connection that serves the apartment towers northwest of Bloor and Keele. This connection frequently smells of chlorine and ammonia.

Concrete storm sewers were also built and they feed the remaining sections of both creeks, through outfalls at the sediment ponds located within the park (Ridout & Howard Ponds).

Also in the northeast corner of High Park is a small pipe that diverts the flow from the trunk sewer into a High Level Interceptor.

A system was created in the 1970s to ease the strain on the High Level Interceptor; it is a tall side-flow weir with an adjacent concrete shaft, within a diversion chamber. Overflows, which still occur in heavy rains, now drop about 15 feet into a modern concrete conduit that delivers them to the Parkside Drive Relief Sewer.

This sewer running along Parkside Drive used to flow straight into the lake, but since the 2000s, it is now intercepted into the Western Beaches Storage Tunnel.

Adapted by Karyn Klaire Koski

References: Michael Cook

Sewer Map

black line = High Park sewer trunk; red lines = below-street sewers; circles represent connections & relief/standby tanks locations

Building sewer for Bloor St. W. at High Park fill-in 1910
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