Colonel Samuel Smith Park is one of Toronto's newest and largest waterfront parks. It is located at the south end of Kipling Avenue, in the community of New Toronto near its border with Long Branch. Much of the park was created from lake fill in front of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and the RL Clark Filtration Plant. The waterfront lakefill area is mainly naturalized with grasses, shrubs and small trees. The shoreline is a combination of rocky headlands, cobble beaches and protected wetland. This blends further north into the mature trees and mowed lawns of the former hospital grounds.
The result is a park that is popular for a variety of passive recreational activities including walking, cycling, and fishing. The diversity and quality of habitats has earned the park a reputation as one of the premier birding locations in the city. (from Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront