The Dow’s Lake area of today has been fashioned by its history and by the efforts of its residents to beautify and defend this tiny treasure. Bounded by Bronson and Carling avenues, this area fronts on Dow’s Lake. Historically, a dam at the north end (under the present Queen Elizabeth Driveway) turned Dow’s Great Swamp into the lake. Dow’s Little Swamp, alive with the songs of blackbirds, serves as a reminder of the lake’s predecessor.
The oldest building in the area, Kennedy House on Lakeview Terrace looks out on Commissioners Park (a jewel of the Tulip Festival), the lake, and the Arboretum. Housing filled in the former Kennedy Lands from Old Sunset Boulevard to Lakeview Terrace. The former Booth Lumber and Railroad Yard now house residents from Crescent Heights to Carling Avenue.
Local residents have added features to beautify the area, creating Eugene Forsey Park (at Lakeview and Bronson), named after the late constitutional expert and senator. The resplendent (though tiny) Memorial Garden (between 11 and 17 Kippewa Drive) commemorates the late community volunteer, Robert Fong-Jean.
Defending the area from traffic on Bronson, the local residents worked with other urban communities to encourage the local government to establish the nearby O-Train (and draw traffic from Bronson). Their latest (and more humble) defense was to convince the city to establish evening and weekend parking on Bronson (as recommended in the Glebe Traffic Plan), calming traffic speeds during off-peak hours.