Welcome to our ongoing celebration of City Living in Toronto, where we feature urban village amenities across the neighbourhoods we sell in!
Personally, the urbaneer team love quiet mornings – coffee in hand – soaking in Toronto’s sights and sounds from a park bench, taking a peaceful stroll with a bestie or four-pawed friend down a tree-lined path, or finding a shady hill and unpacking a bag of drinks and snacks. None of these favourite activities would be possible without Toronto’s brilliant parks and green spaces. Preserved and cultivated across the city, these treasured slices of the natural world provide a multitude of invaluable mental, physical and social health benefits for urban dwellers!
From sprawl to small, each urban park has its own unique character, and serves the city and it’s immediate neighbourhood in different ways.
And not all are as large or as well-known as Trinity Bellwoods and High Park. We’ve raved about many of Toronto’s lesser know green spaces, including, Rennie Park, McCormick Park, Sorauren Park, Lytton Park and Dufferin Grove Park, but today we’re talking about East Lynn Park near Woodbine & Danfoth – have you been?
It’s the heart of The Danforth East community.
This picturesque one hectare park on Danforth Avenue boasts many perks for Torontonians to enjoy, from the family picnic area and wading pool to the playground and outdoor table tennis!
And during the winter, even an ice rink!
While this lovely green space has plenty to enjoy at your leisure, there are also some fantastic weekly and monthly events thrown here, great children’s programming, and even a few special entertainment series!
From savouring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support Troonto’s farmers markets. The East Lynn Farmer’s Market is one of the largest and most organized in the city! Last year, the market was in full swing every Thursday, 3pm to 7pm, from June 1st to mid-October, but you can visit their Facebook page here, for more info and updates on this year’s schedule.
Why are farmers’ markets like this one so awesome? Well, for starters, you get what you pay for – farm fresh food is of superb quality and therefore comes at a higher price than anything sporting a supermarket’s own brand label. And you’ll have the pleasure of tasting nature’s freshest and best!
Second, going to a farmer’s market aligns you with the seasons; if it’s not in season, it’s not going to be for sale in a farmers’ market. End of story. No Kenyan coffee beans around here!
DANFORTH EAST ARTS FAIR
Have you ever been to the Danforth Arts Fair? We have! Here’s a great post: The Danforth East Arts Fair Heralds The Advent of Autumn!
The Annual Danforth East Arts Fair is a free event which showcases the talents of a diverse range of local artisans in a gorgeous natural setting. Every September, East Lynn Park transforms into a shopper’s paradise full of tents showcasing 50 to 60 artists’ wares. Acoustic music waftsthrough the late summer sunshine. Families gather on the grass for picnic lunches from food trucks and vendors and kids take part in freeart workshops. Make it a family outing!
This year’s fair (2018) is extra special! It’s the 10th anniversary, and in the past decade it’s become one of the best community arts events in the city, regularly making top-10 lists and endorsed as a “must-see” by BlogTO, The Toronto Star and more. will be running September 15th & 16th, 2018.
DANFORTH EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
East Lynn Park sees a lot of love from the Danforth East Community Association, who care for the park and throw many fantastic events there!
The Danforth East Community Association started in an unusual way. They didn’t gather together to fight against something, like a development or city plan; they gathered to build something. Meeting around dining room tables at first, they gathered to share dreams of what their little pocket of the city could be – and how to get there. The vision, from the start in 2007, was to make Danforth East a more vibrant, walkable, safe place. A few months in, they held the inaugural community association meeting, expecting a couple dozen people to show up…. more than 130 arrived.
Since then they’ve launched a number of initiatives, and, in 2017 alone, were responsible for:
• 9th year of weekly Farmers’ Markets from June – October
• 9th annual Danforth East Arts Fair, boasting over 60 vendors
• 8th annual Pumpkin Parade (thanks to Councillor McMahon’s support)
• 5th annual Danforth East Yard Sale, with over 160 participating households and businesses
• 6th annual Festival of Lights
• a number of neighbourhood visioning initiatives
• continually connecting and informing our neighbours via DECA Diaries, Facebook, and Twitter.
Membership is just $10, and anyone is welcome as long as you live within DECA’s borders: Main Street (east), Lumsden/Mortimer (north), Monarch Park, (west) and the train tracks (south). If you live outside that area, you’re still welcome to become a Friend Of DECA!
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have such excellent programming, events and serene green space close to home? That will be the new reality for the buyer of this sensational space, zoned for both residential and commercial use: A Live/Work Brownstone On The Danforth, offered for sale at $1,289,000!
Also take a peek at these two other fab family homes we sold nearby! We call them A Sundrenched Townhome Near Danforth & Coxwell and Classic Character On Keystone Avenue Near Danforth And Woodbine!
Want to learn more about the Danforth East Neighbourhood? Be sure to check out our post, Danforth East Toronto – A Village in A City! And of course our other Neighbourhood Pages, for amenities, census data and flavour videos!
-The Urbaneer Team
Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
& The Innovative Urbaneer Team
Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage – (416) 322-8000
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