Monday, July 20, 2015

William Meany Maze, Toronto

After visiting Centreville a couple weeks ago, we stayed on Centre Island and made our way down to the beach for a little wading. It is a designated swimming beach, with a breakwater, so it's great for kids, and there's lots of warm, yellow sand. The beach actually has a blue flag designation, attesting to the great quality of the water.

On the way to the beach there are lovely flower gardens and lots of spots to have a picnic. There is also a hedge maze, maintained by the City. The William Meany Maze is a fun way to spend 15 or 20 minutes with your kids. Constructed with tall black cedar trees, visitors must find their way to the centre of the maze and then back out again. There are lots of dead ends, twists and turns, and we had a blast going through.  Here's a little video of our fun!

This maze actually replaces an earlier maze, designed in 1967. That maze had to be dismantled a few years ago as it was being crowded out by shade trees. William Meany, a Calgary businessman originally from Mississauga, was disappointed to learn in 2012 that the maze was gone, and so he donated the money necessary to rebuild it, according to original specifications, but in a new location. I'm glad he did, as I have great memories of doing the maze with The Teen when he was little. It was great to share it now with Boo as well.

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