One of the focal points of the park is Grenadier Pond, a 35 acres pond on the western edge of the park. They say that it was named after the garrison that occupied Fort York in the 1800s and their use of the pond for fishing. There are two local myths circulating about the Pond. One is that British Grenadiers fell through its thin ice when crossing to defend the city in the War of 1812. Other myths include that the pond is 'bottomless', that is, its depth cannot be measured due to the amount of mud. Fishing remains a popular pastime and apparently are safe to eat.
|Playground at High Park|
|'T'he Hippie' High Park (Yes, he's made of stone!)|
|Maple Leaf High Park|
The Native Burial ground Controversy
This mound, called the Watersnake Mound, is according to the Iroquois a burial site that dates back some 3,000 years. Presumed to be built by people of the Meadowood Culture, the protection of the area is of great concern to the Indiginous Peoples of Turtle Island.
They claim that for for the past 16 years BMX riders have illegally cut into the mound, building an unnatural landscape of cycling ramps on the site, possibly having desecrated the tombs of First Peoples buried within. In a recent standoff with police and park officials, native demonstraters were preparing to dig up the BMX ramps that crossed the area. However a deal was struck when police and park officials agrees to fence the area off.
The High Park Petting Zoo
|Mountain Goats High Park|
|A White Reindeer|
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