I believe that the original 'Leslie Street Spit' has been in existence for a long time. However, over the past number of years it has become a 'dumping ground' for material excavated from new building sites in the downtown core. During the week (Monday to Friday) access to Tommy Thompson Park is restricted to dump trucks carrying excavated material but - on weekends and holidays - it is open to the public.
Tommy Thompson was a member of the much revered group of artists who painted up north in the Muskoka and Haliburton Districts becoming known as the 'Group of Seven'. He was from Toronto and his life ended in a murder which has never been solved.
I have been corrected - the park was NOT named after the artist but after another Tommy Thompson who was a Parks Commissioner for the City of Toronto.
There is a paved roadway extending about three-quarters of the way down the isthmus and there are well-used dirt paths following the shoreline. There are no formal gardens nor lawns but natural vegetation and the creatures who live in that sort of terrain.
As I walked along I saw one of those creatures making slow progress across the roadway.
From material amongst the rubble left by the trucks some enterprising folk have created amateur 'inukshuks'. Interesting - but not as neat (to my eyes) as those created by the Inuit (Eskimo) people of the Far North.
I did notice a view that caught my eye - an interestingly shaped tree growing along the shoreline. If you click on the photo to enlarge it you will note a while speck at the end of one of the small branches. That was a seagull flying out over the lake presumably looking for something to eat.