Parks & Recreation

The City of Toronto has more than 1500 parks covering approximately 13% of the city’s land area.  Expand your knowledge of the opportunities to enjoy nature and partake in active leisure right here in Toronto’s parkland and recreation facilities.  The Parks and Trails section of the city’s website reveals more than you might imagine.  You will find an A-Z listing of city parks, as well as links to facilities of interest such as baseball diamonds, skating rinks, splashpads, dog off-leash parks, beaches, and even locations for skiing and snowboarding within Toronto!

We are very fortunate in Ward 21 to have abundant green space.  Centrally located, we are blessed with the Cedarvale Park and its connection to Nordheimer ravine.  To the north, the Kay Gardner Beltline stretches east/west across the ward.  And to the south, the Dupont rail corridor is dotted with parks that the city is currently planning to connect for the creation of a continuous Greenline linear park. Within the ward we have the city’s first community fruit orchard at Ben Noblman Park and a number of vibrant community gardens.  People incorporate fitness circuit training into their run at the south entrance to Cedarvale, and aim their bowls toward the “jack” at the Wells Hill Lawn Bowl Club.  Balls are hit on Cedarvale’s tennis courts and the baseball diamond.  Phil White Arena and Cedarvale outdoor rink are cherished, as is the historic natural rink at Wychwood Barns Park; flooded layer upon layer by devoted area neighbours – thank you.

There are plenty of parks where I enjoy hosting events so we can sit under a summer moon to watch a movie, eat some fresh seasonal corn, or play a game of table tennis.

I firmly believe in parks as animating spaces that build healthy communities.  It is very satisfying for me to be working continuously together with residents around the ward to enhance such rich shared places.  If you would like to become involved in a community project in a park or assist with stewardship in a park, please consider reaching out to our local Friends of Cedarvale Park, LEAF, or Home Grown National Park and Park People which know about initiatives across the city.

Parks within Ward 21