You can drive in and park (immediately) at the entrance off of Springbank Drive, but then it's blocked off to in bound traffic. You have to walk in from there. Underneath there, below the ravine area and above the river, is the bike path and people also come in from another area off of Wonderland Road, where there are also a couple of small parking areas (where the Wonderland Gardens used to be).
The main entrance to Springbank Park is now off of Commissioners Rd. (if it's called this once you reach Byron), somewhere near North Street (I think it's called). This was always there. From there you can now drive in straight to one of two parking lots that accommodate the entire west side of the park. On the right side you can drive to the parking area that's in front of Storybook Gardens and still park there. Other than that, you can only drive along the road that went above Storybook Gardens and leave by the east exit, which is the one mentioned above on Springbank Drive, but you can't turn around and come back in again or circle around in the place anymore.
This has become a beautiful hiking, walking, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, picnicking, ball playing, kid's playground type of park, but they have neglected to meet the needs of those who have mobility issues and would like to be in other areas of the park. It is possible to see these areas by wheelchair, but it would be difficult to just walk -- if one can't walk far -- and be close to their parked vehicle, and that does limit this for a number of people. If anything they could have left some of the roadways as is, and continued the bike paths (since this does attach to it) alongside it or in alternate locations throughout the park, so that more people could have been accommodated.
Not all of the sea lions went to the States. One or two went to Marineland, and that's why there's the controversy going on there. It was the sea lion(s) from Storybook Gardens that perished there, and instead of this just being from the trauma of the move, those inside of Marineland revealed that there were ongoing problems with the place and the seals died as result of poor conditions with the water and other factors that were there. The other seals died from the trauma of the long trip to the places in the States.
And the truth is that the sea lions weren't sent away from Storybook Gardens because they were getting too big for their area. This might have been a factor, but if you've been there recently, you'll have noticed, that last year, there were fewer animals than normal, and now there's no animals there at all. According to a supervisor for the parks and recreation department, these seals and other animals were sent away so that the city could lay off two vets and other employees who cared for these animals. This was all about our wonderful mayor's 0% tax increase that so many were so enthralled with at election time. Storybook Gardens itself has become little more than a much larger playground and splash pad for the kiddies with nothing left of its original intent, and one that comes with an admission price. These politicians seem to believe that this can compete with all that is already out there, and is superior to this and is within driving distance. We'll soon see... Even the Toronto Zoo is in financial trouble. That's the problem when you get too many bureaucrats running organizations that they know nothing about.
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