by Isabela Muñoz
Summer is just right around the corner, and you know that means. The sun is out, the air is warm, and just about everyone is happier. There is no better way to spend these happy days of your lives than at a park near you. Whether that means going for a stroll, having a picnic, or just soaking in the sun that summer has to offer, a park is the place to be. Especially one where you can benefit from its proximity! Here is a list of parks near the York Eglinton BIA which make for a great way to spend an afternoon in the neighborhood.
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Walter Saunders Memorial Park
This park may be small, but don’t let that discourage you. Walter Saunders Memorial Park has a lot to offer to people of all ages. As a small park, it surprisingly has plenty of green space, so make sure to bring a blanket and snacks for a picnic.. The splash pads in the park are a big hit for the kids and perhaps even for the adults who can’t handle the Toronto heat. The park also has a basketball court for those looking to practice and stay active.
The most intriguing aspect of Walter Saunders is probably the historical 9 km trail that passes through the park, also known as the York Beltline Trail. The trail runs from Bowie Avenue all the way to Bayview Avenue. It follows an abandoned railway which goes back 125 years ago. The railway was constructed in 1892 as a commuter railway line to promote growth in new suburban neighbourhoods north of what was then the city. Now, the railway has mostly been buried by the trail but you still get a real sense of its presence and it is interesting sight to see.
Many people walk and run along the trail but for some real exploration, if you get to know this trail by bike you can explore its nature landscapes such as the Moore Park ravine, one of Toronto’s best.
If you’re looking for a craft to pursue while in the park, Arts in the Park and the Steps Initiative are hosting a series called Woven, celebrating our rich textile history. Join them for their 2017 summer programming on June 24, July 29 and August 26 for some weaving and pom pom making!
The next park on the list is Cedarvale Park. This park may be more known to the public since it is much bigger than the park above. The park is located between the subway stations Eglinton West and St. Clair West making it very accessible to those who use the TTC. It is bordered by steep hills, perfect for snowy winters or even some adventurous summers; yes, I’m talking about rolling down the green hills!
This park is a hub for outdoor activity. It has four tennis courts, two sport fields, and a baseball diamond. There is also and outdoor exercise area near the south side of the park equipped with pull-up bars, dip bars, and other fitness equipment to help you stay in shape.
For those who are dog owners, there is a permanent off-leash area within the park. Whether you’ve got a small or big dog, your canine companion will be thrilled with the size of the dog run and convenient water station.. If you don’t mind keeping your dog on-leash, bring it to its new happy place, Cedarvale Ravine. This ravine is another perfect temporary urban escape to nature.
Fairbank Memorial Park
This well-kept park is located on Dufferin Street just south of Eglinton Ave West. It’s got plenty of green space, hills and a great amount of facilities to take advantage of on a sunny summer day in Toronto. These facilities include a baseball diamond, five bocce courts, a basketball court, and lastly but definitely not least, an outdoor pool, perfect for those hotter-than-you-want-it-to-be days that are coming soon.
On site is the Fairbank Memorial Recreation Centre. Just like the park itself, this community centre has a lot to offer to its visitors. Their facilities range from a crafts room to a fitness room and everything in between.
People who visit Fairbank Memorial Park can spend their whole day there. With so much to do and so many facilities, you’ll never get bored.
There is no reason to choose which park to visit. The hot weather is just beginning and there is plenty of time to explore all three!
Come visit us while you’re in the neighbourhood.